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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Equipping and supporting faculty, staff and students for inclusive excellence at DU

We cultivate a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We promote full participation of all community members and support multiple perspectives and diversity of thought. DEI is the framework for the way we engage talent and use resources, including but not limited to physical and fiscal, to conduct business as we equip students, staff and faculty for an inclusive way of being and leading in the world.

Initiatives and Resources
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DEI Vision

We invite you to join us as we band together across our campuses to ensure all DU community members have equal and fair access to all opportunities and to dismantle discrimination of any kind, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, national origin, physical ability, age, religious affiliation, or veteran status.

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Inclusion Initiatives

We invite you to gain understanding and increase your diversity skills! Join other Davenport students and faculty who want to be diversity innovators by checking out activities and sharing your ideas.

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Services and Resources

Davenport's DEI office is committed to enhancing our learning, living and work environment. Listed below are links to a variety of information resources for students, staff and faculty.

 
Diversity and Equity News
Senate Panel Considers Strategies to Combat Chinese Research Theft
Lawmakers asked whether the State Department needed to examine foreign researchers’ visa applications more deeply. And other developments in global higher ed. 
A Beaux-Arts Landmark Gets a New Mission (and 50 New Toilets)
Now owned by George Washington University, the Corcoran needed a thorough overhaul.
This 2-Year Academy Embraces Experimentation. Higher Ed Could Learn Something From It.
The Wayfinding Academy was founded by a former professor who had grown frustrated with higher education’s focus on prestige. Its innovative approach holds some lessons for traditional colleges.
Columbia U. Canceled an Event on Chinese Human-Rights Violations. Organizers See a University Bowing to Intimidation.
The university cited a failure to follow “standard procedures for holding events” as the reason to cancel. The decision follows clashes on several other campuses.
Racist and Anti-Semitic Incidents Are Roiling Syracuse U. Now the Governor Is Stepping In.
A white-supremacist manifesto, allegedly sent to students’ cellphones, shook the campus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York criticized the Syracuse chancellor’s handling of the events.
A College Prepares to Close Its Doors as Students and Alums Mourn — and Scheme
Marlboro College plans to move its academic programs to Emerson College, becoming the latest small New England institution to confront the realities of demographic declines, rising costs, and plummeting enrollment.
3 Foundations Join Forces to Support Black Colleges
A total of $3 million in donations will help Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and Prairie View A&M University attract and support professors.
International Enrollments Remain Flat, Raising Concerns About America’s Continuing Appeal
The number of new international students fell for the third year in a row, although that 1-percent decline was not as steep as the nearly 7-percent drop the previous year.
The Line Between Researcher and Activist
Angelina Godoy is a sociologist who has studied human rights in Latin America. Under the current administration, her research focus has turned toward issues of immigration right in her own backyard.
A Sober House for Students
The brainchild of two women who have wrestled with substance-abuse problems of their own, the Haven picks up where colleges’ services leave off. And it is venturing into mental-health treatment too.
A Move Toward Greater Diversity in Deanships
Women of color are breaking new ground and becoming deans at universities across the country.
He Violated Sexual-Misconduct Policy. He’s Back in the Classroom. What Should the University Do Now?
A professor’s behavior was inappropriate enough to warrant punishment but not dismissal. Some students are now protesting vehemently as he returns to teaching.
A Recession Is Looming. Even Harvard Is Uncertain About What That Means for Higher Ed.
The university has new revenue streams. It’s restructuring its endowment management. And an American culture of greater skepticism about higher ed means colleges may bear the brunt of any downturn on many fronts.
Then Enrollment Fell Off a Cliff: How Beloit College Is Trying to Regain Students
After an unexpected boom in students, its entering class fell from 323 to 263, which meant a big decline in tuition revenue.
America Draws Students From Around the World. Its Gun Culture Is Pushing Them Away.
Gun violence could be the “elephant in the room,” the little-talked-about factor that deters international students from studying in the United States.
Education Department Decision Could Imperil Some Programmatic Accreditors
The agency’s denial of recognition to a new nursing accreditor has left some higher-education experts confused and concerned about a possible new interpretation of existing regulations.
3 Key Findings From a New Study on What Graduates Get Out of College
A paper drawing on survey responses from some 20,000 college graduates seeks to extend the discussion of college returns to include intellectual, civic, and psychological outcomes.
How Chasing Prestige Is Starting to Strain Some Elite Institutions
Among highly selective institutions, there are actually two separate groups, the elites and the super-elites, experts say.
How a Radical Restructuring Plan Fractured a Campus and Fueled a No-Confidence Vote
Faculty members accuse the University of Tulsa’s top leaders of working to silence critics of a plan that will slash the liberal arts. Administrators say the restructuring move is about survival.
‘Brilliant’ Philosophers and ‘Funny’ Psychology Instructors: What a Data-Visualization Tool Tells Us About How Students See Their Professors
A tool created by a professor helps shed light on the gender- and discipline-specific ways in which students judge instructors.
Davenport Earns Visionary Award for 2016

We invite you to join us as we band together across our campuses to ensure all DU community members have equal and fair access to all opportunities and to dismantle discrimination of any kind, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, national origin, physical ability, age, religious affiliation, or veteran status.

Michele R. Davis
Interim Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Lettinga Campus
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