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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
Alaska Regents Will Vote Monday on Declaration of a Financial Emergency
The university system's president said the regents accelerated their timeline for the vote in light of a recent downgrade of the university's credit rating.
Letter From the Editor
The Chronicle plans to team up with colleges on events about project-based learning, as well as on the role of higher education in enhancing social mobility and other topics.
University of South Carolina Trustees Vote for Governor’s Pick for President
The election of Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. angered students, faculty members, and some board members, who believe the trustees who supported Caslen did so in response to pressure from Gov. Henry McMaster.
‘Dire Financial Straits’: A Portrait of a Desperate University That Made All the Wrong Bets
An accreditor says Cincinnati Christian’s president has put the interests of a bank ahead of those of the deeply indebted institution.
Grades Can Hinder Learning. What Should Professors Use Instead?
Alternative approaches can help shift students’ attention from how they did to what they learned.
At Least 62 Colleges Were Exploited by a Software Vulnerability. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Older versions of a software program called Banner, operated by Ellucian, had a vulnerability that allowed hackers to infiltrate colleges’ private records.
Why Did East Carolina Allow Trump to Speak? The University Probably Didn’t Have a Choice
Other politicians have appeared at the North Carolina institution in the past. Under the First Amendment, a free-speech expert says, it couldn’t say no to the president.
As the Cost of a 4-Year Degree Soars, Community Colleges Reap More Big Gifts
Big donations to two-year colleges rose from $2.5 million in 2009 to $54 million last year, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy analysis. Even the metal band Metallica is chipping in.
How to Make Authentic Research Experiences Widely Available
A biology department designed a course-based program to serve many students at a low cost. Now, it’s sharing its work with other colleges.
A Textbook Giant Is Going ‘Digital First.’ That Might Not Be Good for Affordability.
The digital-first strategy hopes to create more reliable revenue streams and standardize textbook editions. But some observers worry that the change will do little to make materials more affordable for students.
‘Better, Not Bigger’: As Private Colleges Hunger for Students, One University Slims Down
George Washington University announced last week it would slash its undergraduate enrollment by 20 percent over five years.
Defense Bill Focuses on Academic Espionage
A defense-policy bill targets espionage on American campuses; Chinese applications to British universities are increasing; and more.
Campus Energy Systems Face a ‘Dramatically Different’ Future
Materials science, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and sensor capabilities are converging — for the better.
How One College Went ‘All In’ in Its Neighborhood
After years of sharing a corner with a rundown elementary and middle school in Portland, Ore., Concordia University helped open a gleaming new facility, complete with a health clinic and food club, to nurture students from the city’s neediest families.
Transitions: Rosalind Franklin U. Appoints President, Simmons U. Names New Enrollment Chief
Rosalind Franklin's new chief, Wendy Rheault, is the first woman to hold the top post. She has served as interim leader since January.
This Map Paints a Grim Picture of America’s Economic Divides. Colleges Shouldn’t Run From Them.
The regions of the country that are most likely to face economic challenges in the next decade also happen to be full of educational organizations that may need a new agenda.
‘Everybody Is Panicking’: Thousands of Alaska Students Scramble With Scholarship Money in Jeopardy
On top of the University of Alaska system’s budget crisis, the money that funds the state’s two biggest financial-aid programs currently isn’t available.
Anchor, Tyrant, Savior, Villain: What Is Your Campus to the Local Community?
Colleges have become cities unto themselves, but being part of a larger place means supporting it in new and different ways. Our latest report will help you run savvy campus operations and expand local impact. Buy a copy in the Chronicle Store.
The Daily Briefing
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
An NPR Show’s Slight Against a Tobacco Historian Lights Up Twitter
Two historians aim to make amends for discussing a junior scholar’s forthcoming book without crediting her in a radio segment.
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.

Rhae-Ann Booker
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Lettinga Campus

Rhae-Ann Booker serves as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Davenport University. She earned both her MSW and PhD in Evaluation, Measurement and Research Design at Western Michigan University, and her BA in Sociology at Calvin College. Her research interests include diversity strategies, organizational development, and college access. She leads strategic planning and the development of training curricula and programs to strengthen skills and commitment for compositionally and behaviorally advancing inclusion.  She is also a certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator. 

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