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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
An Author Learned of a Mortifying Research Mistake Live on the Radio. Here’s How Twitter Reacted.
A crux of Naomi Wolf’s new book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love, seems to be based on a misunderstanding of a 19th-century legal term — a fact she didn’t discover until she was live on the BBC.
Let’s Clarify a Few Things About the New ‘Adversity Score.’ (First, Stop Calling It That.)
The College Board’s Environmental Context Dashboard has caused a lot of confusion. Now the organization is trying to explain its new measure of applicants’ disadvantage.
Transitions: Keuka College Gets a Permanent President, Davidson College Names a Chief Academic Officer
Amy Storey was interim chief at Keuka since July of last year. Davidson's new vice president for academic affairs is a professor of economics.
Labor Agency to Propose Rule on Grad Students’ Right to Unionize
Without a case pending, the National Labor Relations Board has announced its intent to determine the employment status of graduate students.
Texas Professors Could Be Criminally Charged if They Don’t Report Sexual Violence
Under legislation approved this week, faculty members could also face dismissal or prosecution for false reports of sexual misconduct.
How Much Do You Know About Higher Ed? Take Our Quiz
The latest edition of an annual federal report on education just came out. Find out how up-to-date your knowledge is.
2 More Faculty Members Lose Their Jobs Over Contacts With China
The latest are at Emory University, which investigated the professors following a warning from the National Institutes of Health about foreign influence on American research.
Morehouse Graduates’ Billionaire Benefactor Pushes Plan to Expand Access to Internships
Robert Smith’s pledge to wipe out the student-loan debt of 400 new alumni made headlines, but his plan to help thousands of minority students nationwide get their first crucial work experience is an even bigger goal.
Why One Department Trains Its Graduate Students to Teach
It’s not just about making grad students marketable — although that is one benefit.  
How Can Employers Help Students Prepare for Their Careers? 6 Answers From a Top Corporate Leader
Wes Bush, the chairman of Northrop Grumman, answers key questions about the role employers should — and shouldn’t — play in helping students prepare for careers. What are the key skills graduates need? Why should colleges work with employers? Where are the boundaries between what employers want and what colleges do?
She’s Led the U. of South Florida for 19 Years. Now She’s Giving It $20 Million.
Judy L. Genshaft’s gift, one of the largest from a president to her institution, will help construct an honors-college building in her name.
Low-Income and Minority Students Are Growing Share of Enrollments, and 2 Other Takeaways From New Study
The students are attending college in greater numbers than they were two decades ago, but they’re more likely to attend less-selective institutions, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
The Enrollment Picture for Private Colleges Isn’t Pretty. But Some Say There’s Hope.
Higher-ed experts weren’t surprised at troubling shortfalls in the Northeast. But they disagreed about what the trend meant — and how colleges should respond.
The College Scorecard Just Got Bigger. Here Are 4 Factoids From the New Data.
Want to know which program types have the highest median debt load? Look no further.
What Killed a Venture-Backed Education Company? Researchers Counted the Ways
A business called American Honors once sought to improve transfer opportunities for community-college students. A new analysis explains how those efforts went awry.
Enrollment Shortfalls Spread to More Colleges
The private institutions, in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, have rarely, if ever, had to worry about filling their classes.
This Faculty Critic ‘Ran’ for Provost. (Spoiler: He Didn’t Get the Job.)
William T. Harbaugh recently made a public bid to be provost of the University of Oregon, where for over a decade he’s advocated for more transparency by keeping a meticulous record of every controversy.
What I’m Reading: ‘Teaching With Compassion’
An author’s book, and his life, model how to convey kindness, care, and concern to college students.
More Diverse, Still Stratified: Colleges Fall Short on Offering 'Good Value' Spots
Authors of a new book argue that too many students attend financially struggling colleges that are barely equipped to serve them well.
Selected New Books on Higher Education
Among the topics of the latest books are undergraduate research in the first two years of college and adapting high-impact learning practices to online education.
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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