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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
The Real Problem With Grade Inflation
It’s not that colleges are catering to students, one expert says. It’s that students’ fixation on grades makes them too risk averse.
A Brown U. Professor Took On Big Pharma. His University Pulled Him From the Classroom.
The case highlights the conflicts for colleges that employ researchers who study — and engage in advocacy against — powerful corporations.
Do Gateway Courses Foster Inequity?
The Gardner Institute sees fixing foundational courses as a social-justice issue. The reason: A disproportionate share of students who struggle in those classes come from disadvantaged groups.
Colleges Struggle to Serve Millions of Dropouts. Have These Men Cracked the Code?
College Unbound removes barriers and empowers students to drive the curriculum. But can it succeed on a larger scale?
This Public College Wants to Punish 2 Students for Hate Speech. Is That Legal?
A lawsuit against UConn pits tolerance against freedom of speech. Some say the university overstepped its authority.
Berkeley TAs Are Awarded Millions in Back Pay
The ruling applies to only one department at Berkeley, but the whole University of California system is likely to take note, an expert says.
Transitions: Clark U. Names Next President, New Student Affairs Chief at Tuskegee U.
David B. Fithian will take the helm at Clark in July. Tuskegee's new vice president for student affairts comes from Southern University.
The Gloves Are Off: What a Deal Between a Mega-University and a Community-College System Says About the Fight for Students
Transfer agreements don’t usually signal a sea change. But an agreement between Pennsylvania’s community colleges and Southern New Hampshire University may do just that.
What Instructors Can Learn From Improv
How the rules of an improvisational performance can help professors unlock their students’ creativity.
How Baylor Revamped Its Mental-Health Services Amid a Scandal
Under fire for failing to support rape victims, the university doubled its counseling staff and built a team of eating-disorder specialists. One former student says the move saved her life.
Senator Warren Has a Plan to Cancel Student-Loan Debt — Without Congressional Approval
As critics remain skeptical that Congress will pass a mass debt-discharge plan, the presidential candidate argues that the U.S. Department of Education already has the legal authority to do so.
Private-College Presidents Reap Millions From Long Tenures
In 2017, 64 college presidents earned more than $1 million, according to The Chronicle’s analysis.
The Daily Briefing
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
Students Are Showing Up at Counseling Centers in Droves. But They Don’t Always Get the Treatment They Need.
As campus counselors take on higher caseloads, a study finds that students won’t see as much improvement in their mental health.
When It Comes to Future Earnings, Liberal-Arts Grads Might Get the Last Laugh
The return on investment of a liberal-arts education builds slowly but surpasses the median of all colleges over time, a new report concludes.
Johns Hopkins Has Quietly Stopped Giving Children of Alumni Preference in Admissions. Here’s Why.
In the last decade, the university has lowered the proportion of legacy students in its freshman class from 12.5 percent to 3.5 percent. The share of students eligible for Pell Grants has gone up from 9 percent to 19 percent.
Racist Incidents, Budget Cuts, and Faculty Warnings: Inside the Run-Up to a Campus Book-Burning
A book-burning last year at Georgia Southern University made international headlines. But there’s more to the story.
Chief Executive of California’s Virtual Community College Suddenly Resigns
Heather Hiles came to the job less than a year ago and helped lead efforts to design a virtual program aimed at educating adult students statewide.
Endgame: Can Literary Studies Survive?
The field is no longer on the verge of collapse. It’s in the midst of it. Hiring is at an all-time low. Hiring has essentially ceased in entire subfields. Many job seekers have no professorial prospects; practitioners face the possibility that their function has evaporated. Read this collection for a comprehensive view of the catastrophe.
What I’m Reading: ‘Reclaiming Conversation’
A book enlightens college career advisers on how to help technology-dependent students navigate real conversations as they search for jobs.
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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