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Awards and Recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

Davenport strives to be a diverse, inclusive and equitable university. We are excited to have been recognized for our efforts through the various awards listed below.  

Best For Vets 2017, 2018, 2020

Davenport has once again been honored by the Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017, 2018, and 2020 rankings. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. This is Davenport’s third year to make the list!

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2019 Michigan Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly Schools

For our commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and their dependents, Davenport has been recognized as a gold-level member of Michigan’s Veteran-Friendly School program and receives Military Credit Equivalency Grant.

2012-17, 2019-2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

From 2012-2017, and 2019-2020, Davenport University has been recognized annually as a recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. This prestigious honor is awarded " based on [the] institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and includes all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community."
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2019 ERG & Council Honors Award

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Davenport University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council placed in the Top 10 earning DU the national Employee Resource Groups & Council Honors Award and membership in the national DEI Leaders' Circle.  This annual national award recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Group, Business Resource Groups and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc. 

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2018 Corp! Magazine’s Michigan Salute to Diversity – The Art of Inclusion Diversity Champion 

For more than 12 years, Corp! has been celebrating Michigan’s businesses and leaders who have mastered the art form of displayed significant achievement in diversity with their organizations and community. As the 2018 recipient, Davenport Universit was recognized as a nonprofit organization that creates and promotes special programming, education, or other initiatives that focus on diversity. 


2018 César E. Chávez "5 de Mayo" Recognition

Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, former executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion received this recognition in 2018. This honor is extended to community members for consistently working to promote the education and welfare of Latinx students and their families; their willingness to educate and inform our community of the great legacy César E. Chávez left the world through education, and the way in which they incorporates César's life values into their personal lives.

2016 Diversity Award

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Visionary Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for their exemplary efforts, advancements and contributions to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity within their own institution or community. In 2014, Davenport University was one of two finalists for this competitive award. In 2016, Davenport University was the recipient of this prestigious award. 

Level 1 PRFC Partner 

In April 2016, Davenport University achieved Level I Partner Designation recognizing "the contribution and the commitment the University has given to understanding the significance of racial justice in the workplace" and the University's efforts to become a racism-free community.

Michigan Veteran-Friendly School

In 2016, Davenport University was recognized as GOLD-level Veteran Friendly School by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency for the second year in a row! The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.


Corp! Salute to Diversity 2016 Diversity Business Leader

In 2016, Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, former executive director of diversity equity and inclusion, was recognized as a Corp! magazine 2016 Salute to Diversity Award winners. This award recognizes outstanding leadership in diversity and multiculturalism in the state of Michigan and 'celebrates Michigan's leaders who have displayed significant achievement in diversity.' 


Hispanic Advocate Award 

Davenport University was the 2014 recipient of this award from the Committee to Honor César E. Chávez, a local community-collegiate collaborative for advancing the interests of Hispanics.