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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
Colleges Face a No-Win Dilemma: To Cut or Not to Cut Tuition?
They can offer discounts for online classes and take a hit to the bottom line, or they can stick with full tuition and still probably take a hit to the bottom line.
College Students Have Been Stressed Out During the Pandemic. Here’s How It’s Affected Their Mental Health.
A survey of more than 18,000 students can help colleges prepare to welcome them back — in one form or another — this fall.
Student Journalism Has Never Been More Critical. Attend Our Virtual Reporting Workshop.
Campus communities all over the country, hungry for the latest news, will be depending on student journalists in the fall. Register now for The Chronicle’s virtual reporting workshop.
Colleges Say Hybrid Courses Will Make the Fall a Success. But Will Students Get the Worst of Both Worlds?
“HyFlex” courses promise flexibility, but faculty members say that’s also what makes them so challenging to teach.
This University Was Allotted More Cares Act Money Than Any Other. Why Didn’t These Students Get Any?
While other colleges acted to get funds to students, Arizona State University is saving its more than $30 million for the coming months. Some struggling students say they were left to fend for themselves.
As Turning Point USA Grows, So Does Charlie Kirk’s Salary
Tax documents show that the conservative student group gave its high-profile leader a raise of nearly $200,000 last year after more than doubling its income, to $28.5 million.
Next Candidate for the Fall Chopping Block? Student Housing Refunds
Some colleges are amending contracts so they won’t have to reimburse fees if Covid-19 returns with a vengeance.
Colleges Are Making Masks Mandatory. But They’re Not an Option for Everyone.
Many campuses that plan to return to in-person instruction this fall will do so with a mask-wearing mandate in place. But for some people with disabilities, that presents problems.
Some Scholars Have Long Talked About Abolishing the Police. Now People Are Listening. What Comes Next?
Scholars of American policing and criminal justice are considering how best to meet this moment, now that the radical notion of abolishing the police has entered the mainstream.
How to Engage Students in a Hybrid Classroom
As more colleges move to a form of teaching in which some students are in the classroom and others attend remotely, instructors wonder how it’s possible to engage everyone.
Millions in Paycheck-Protection Dollars Went to Colleges on the Brink of Closing
A federal loan program was meant to keep businesses and workers afloat during the pandemic. Some colleges are using the money as they prepare to shutter their campuses.
One University Asked Students for Social-Distancing Ideas. Here’s What They Proposed.
Student buy-in is crucial for social-distancing policies to work, experts say. So the University of Michigan opened the floor for a campuswide innovation challenge.
A New Policy Would Upend International Enrollments. Here Are Which Colleges Could Be Most Affected.
At some institutions, international enrollment accounts for more than 70 percent of the student body.
As MIT and Harvard Sue, Colleges Scramble to Respond to New Federal Policy on International Students
A lawsuit suggests the policy’s intended goal “is to create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible.”
Harvard and MIT Sue Trump Administration Over Rules Barring Online Study for International Students
The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order that would keep the controversial federal guidance from taking effect.
As Colleges’ Finances Get Shakier, What Lessons Does This ‘Sorta’ Merger Offer?
Three institutions are coming together to keep a fourth going before it’s too late.
U. of California System Taps Michael V. Drake to Be Next President
The new leader will take the helm as the 10-campus system responds to the coronavirus pandemic.
Live Coronavirus Updates: Here’s the Latest
The fall is weeks away, and Covid-19 is surging. The Chronicle is tracking developments across higher ed here. Read on for daily live updates and information.
Georgia Backs Down. Masks Will Be Mandatory at Its Colleges This Fall.
In an abrupt reversal, the state will now require face coverings to be worn at its 26 public colleges and universities.
Students of Color Are Not OK. Here’s How Colleges Can Support Them.
Faced with a pandemic and a racial reckoning, students’ mental health is suffering. To succeed, they’ll need support from people who understand them.
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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