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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
How to Help First-Year Students Tackle Project-Based Learning
At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, first-year students can slowly immerse themselves in project-based learning, to prepare them for more complex courses later on.    
New Mexico Governor Unveils Sweeping Free-Tuition Proposal, as Some Question Who Will Benefit Most
In-state residents could receive up to four years of free tuition, regardless of income, under the plan.
Why Some Colleges Have Abandoned In-House Safe-Ride Programs in Favor of Uber, Lyft, or Via
Northwestern University announced on Wednesday that it’s outsourcing its late-night-ride service to the private ride-sharing company Via. That’s not unusual.
Transitions: New Chief at Florida Coastal School of Law, Interim Provost Named at Michigan State U.
Peter Goplerud was previously dean of Florida Coastal School of Law. Teresa Sullivan will become interim chief academic officer at Michigan State.
Since U. of Alabama Dean’s Resignation, Students and Faculty Have Demanded Answers From a Silent Administration
After three letters, two town halls, and one sit-in, the president finally responded.
Janet Napolitano Will Step Down as U. of California System’s President
The former U.S. secretary of homeland security said on Wednesday she would leave office in August 2020.
College Founded by Yale and National U. of Singapore Cancels Program on Dissent
Yale’s president, Peter Salovey, said the move could “threaten” the principles of free expression and open inquiry on which the joint liberal-arts campus was founded. And more news of global higher ed.
Overburdened Mental-Health Counselors Look After Students. But Who Looks After the Counselors?
Stress is on these overworked caregivers’ minds after the suicide last week of one of their own at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wellness Officers Examine the Health of Systems
Chief wellness officers take on the growing issue of burnout in resident physicians and others in medical schools.
Lessons From a Rural College’s ‘Turnaround,’ Before It Even Starts
Colorado’s Fort Lewis College won a competition for colleges that are seeking help to expand enrollment and raise revenue. The real work hasn’t started yet, but other colleges can learn a few things from Fort Lewis’s experience so far.
80 Years Ago, a Football Powerhouse Ditched the Sport as a ‘Crass’ Distraction. Why Haven’t More Colleges Followed Suit?
The experience of one recent president is an object lesson in why most leaders “hold on for dear life and just hope that athletics doesn’t take them down.”
The Innovation Imperative
This Chronicle report examines the rise and establishment of the innovation movement, barriers to change on campuses, and the necessary elements for meaningful progress. Written by two senior Chronicle writers — Goldie Blumenstyk and Lee Gardner — this in-depth resource also features 15 campus case studies.
Citing Risk to Investments, U. of California Will Divest Holdings in Fossil-Fuel Companies
University officials said the decision stemmed from fiscal responsibility, not political or moral pressure.
White House Officials Will Visit Campuses to Discuss Foreign Threats to Research
Amid heightened scrutiny of America’s research relationship with China, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will bring together different agencies to devise guidelines and best practices.
He Was the President. His Wife Was Getting Payments From the University. Is That a Problem?
Records obtained by The Chronicle show that Beth Cabrera was paid by George Mason University for contract work while her husband, Ángel Cabrera, served as its chief. The case sheds light on a gray area of college leadership.
Do Your New Trustees Have a Lot to Learn? ‘Flip’ Their Orientation
As boards grow more activist, some colleges hope to help new members better understand higher ed by jettisoning traditional orientations.
Field’s Top Young Scholar Asks, Why Don’t More Women Study Economics?
Emi Nakamura, who comes from a family of economists, won this year’s John Bates Clark Medal for the best American in her field under age 40. The Chronicle talked with her about gender imbalance in the discipline despite positive changes over time. 
Are Colleges Complicit if They Fail to Keep Students From Defaming Professors?
A lawsuit accuses Wesleyan University of “aiding and abetting” defamatory claims that a faculty member was a sexual predator.
Felicity Huffman Was Sentenced to 14 Days for the ‘Varsity Blues’ Scandal. Here’s What People Are Saying.
Two weeks is too meager, an example of white privilege, and another nail in the coffin of meritocracy, according to the Twitterati.
‘Constant Firefighting’: Greek-Life Staffs Are Underpaid and Overworked. Here’s What Some Colleges Are Doing About It.
Despite serving high-risk populations, the offices that oversee fraternities and sororities have long been a low priority on many campuses.
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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