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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
4 Colleges, 2 Weeks, One Choice: How Covid-19 Scattered U.S. Higher Education
As the pandemic spread, campus presidents came to grips with a reality that had once been unthinkable — and helped pave the way for the rest of the country to follow suit.
Transitions: Olin College of Engineering Names Next President; New Provost Selected at Hanover College
Gilda Barabino will succeed the founding president of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. 
Why New Research Calls Some Flagships ‘Land-Grab Universities’
Robert Lee spent years uncovering how America built its system of public higher education through the seizure of indigenous lands. He says his newly published research is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Pandemic Is Already Hitting Sectors Unevenly, Never Mind the Hitches in Federal Relief
Everyone’s worried about financial implications, but some college officials are trying to shore up enrollment while others are staring down an existential threat.
‘On a Desert Island With Your Students’: Professors Compare Notes on Teaching Remotely in a Pandemic
Instructors shared the particular challenges they’re facing this semester — and their approach to meeting them — during a recent virtual discussion.
Virtual Bingo and Minecraft Graduation: During the Pandemic, College Students Recreate Campus Life at Home
Young adults are back in their childhood bedrooms, missing out on the social aspects of spring semester. That hasn’t stopped them from trying to preserve beloved traditions.
Disabled Students Already Faced Learning Barriers. Then Coronavirus Forced an Abrupt Shift to Online Classes.
As professors struggle to adapt to a whole new arena of teaching, advocates for the disabled have suggestions on how to make coursework accessible for all.
Campus Zero
Before the coronavirus shuttered universities nationwide, it turned Seattle’s college leaders into early responders. Their decisions shaped a nation’s reaction.
When Covid-19 Makes Campus Visits Impossible, How Are Colleges Hiring?
As administrators weigh the unknowns of the pandemic, hiring managers get creative with podcasts and virtual tours.
Students Without Laptops, Instructors Without Internet: How Struggling Colleges Move Online During Covid-19
For teaching experts in some of the nation’s poorest communities, the pandemic has meant 18-hour days and worries about the economic and emotional health of their instructors and students.
Fairness in the Age of Betsy DeVos
The education secretary says taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for students who are trying to game loan forgiveness. But what about the students who play by the rules?
Medical Students Were Sidelined by Coronavirus. Now They’re Volunteering to Battle the Pandemic.
The Covid-19 Student Service Corps mobilized more than 800 volunteers to handle phone lines, teach classes, and help researchers.
During Covid-19, One College’s Virtual Chat Offers Hope for the Fall
An admissions officer braced for tough questions about college in the pandemic. But the Class of 2024 wanted to talk about other things.
How Are Colleges Contributing to the ‘War Effort’ Against the Coronavirus?
Medical masks, ventilator designs, food pantries. Even as the pandemic has closed campuses, it has renewed many faculty and staff members’ sense of purpose about their role in the community. Please share your efforts with us.
‘I Was Horrified’: For Millions of Borrowers, the Coronavirus Stimulus Law Offers No Relief
Borrowers with commercially held federal student loans have options. But forcing them to make difficult decisions during a public-health crisis could put them at risk financially.
Coronavirus Complicates an Already Tricky Balancing Act for Adult Learners
The pandemic poses additional challenges to students juggling coursework with full-time jobs, child care, and elder care.
‘Zoomed Out’: Why ‘Live’ Teaching Isn’t Always the Best
Now that it’s clear the move to emergency online teaching will last more than a couple of weeks, professors may have to readjust their plans.
In Closing Dorms, Colleges Hoped to Limit Coronavirus’s Spread. Did Spring-Breakers Thwart That Plan?
Some students went straight home. But others traveled to beaches and attended parties, potentially infecting others.
A French Scientist Says He Can Cure Covid-19. Other Researchers Have Their Doubts.
Didier Raoult’s study is attracting attention from high-profile politicians and commentators, as well as criticism from some colleagues.
Coronavirus Has Choked Off Revenues for Private Colleges. How Much Cash Do They Have on Hand?
As tuition revenues dry up and summer auxiliary revenues evaporate, private colleges will need to rely on their savings and lines of credit to get by.
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.

Latoya Booker
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Lettinga Campus
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