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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
USC Picks Carol Folt, Former Chapel Hill Leader, as Next President
Folt, who recently stepped down as chancellor of the University of North Carolina flagship, will find herself in a familiar situation when she takes over in Los Angeles: navigating a campus that seems to find itself in constant turmoil.
After Scandal, Higher-Ed Fund Raisers Fear Efforts to Curtail Deductions
The Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal has already prompted one prominent lawmaker to propose legislation that could have a big impact on giving.
U. of Illinois at Chicago Missed Warning Signs of Research Going Awry, Letters Show
The university has played down its shortcomings in overseeing the work of a prominent child psychiatrist, but newly obtained documents show that the institution acknowledged its lapses to federal officials.
A Prominent Economist’s Death Prompts Talk of Mental Health in the Professoriate
Alan B. Krueger, a titan in the field, died by suicide last weekend. As colleagues mourned, they also noted an academic culture that makes disclosing mental illness difficult.
Arizona State Will Create a For-Profit Spinoff to Court Students in the Work Force
The chief backer of the venture, which has not been previously disclosed, is an investment fund that was headed by a financier charged in the admissions-bribery case.
Journal Issues Revised Version of Controversial Paper That Questioned Why Some Teens Identify as Transgender
The paper on “rapid onset gender dysphoria” underwent months of review after transgender advocates objected to its methodology and phrasing. 
Why the College Degree Is a Signal — and Why That Should Worry You
Parents resort to bribery to land their children at elite institutions. Employers treat degrees as indicators of “soft skills.” Both developments could devalue college in the public eye.
As East Carolina Chancellor Resigns, One Board Member Accuses Chair of Forcing Him Out
Cecil P. Staton will step down as chancellor, and not everyone is happy with the move. Steven B. Long, a member of the university system’s Board of Governors, said its chairman is to blame and should be removed.
Welcome to the Campus Spaces Newsletter!
Among other news in this month’s report: College libraries and museums are adding teaching spaces, a spaceship lands at Cal Poly Pomona, a new gold standard for college baseball, and Colby expands its efforts to revitalize its hometown.
We Asked 20 Elite-College Admissions Deans About the Bribery Scandal. Here’s What They Said.
Outrage swirled after “Operation Varsity Blues” went public last week. So we asked the admissions gatekeepers if reform was necessary.
Here’s What the Trump Administration Wants to Change in Higher Ed’s Landmark Law
The White House is asking Congress to rethink accreditation, Pell Grants, and student-loan repayment as it considers reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.
Presidential Hopefuls Are Pushing Free College Back Into the Spotlight. But What Does ‘Free’ Mean, Anyway?
Candidates are staking out their positions, and new plans are emerging. But the proposals vary widely, creating confusion about whom they really help.
Confused About How ‘Free College’ Programs Differ? This Primer Can Help
There are many flavors of free among the hundreds of free-college programs rolled out so far. We help you sort them out.
Yes, Students at Sarah Lawrence Are Demanding Free Detergent. But There’s More to It Than You Might Think.
The request has drawn ridicule, especially from conservative news outlets. It’s part of activists’ broader push, though, to make the college rethink how it meets the needs of low-income students.
The U. of Southern California Is on the Rise. Why Is It a Hotbed of Scandal?
The academic-bribery scandal has poured gas on the fire of a university already smarting from corruption in the athletics department and in the upper administration.
‘Ruined’ and Evicted: How Dream Center Closures Are Affecting Students
A disabled U.S. Army veteran hoped to get a business degree from Argosy University. Now he is losing his home and more than $2,000 worth of student aid.
Pitzer President Rejects College Council’s Vote to End Study Abroad in Israel
A contested vote at the private college highlighted longstanding debates about what constitutes anti-Semitism in higher education.
What the Admissions Scandal Reveals About Secrecy, Privilege, and the Nature of Merit
Jerome Karabel, author of a lengthy history of Ivy League admissions, thinks the recent headlines can shed light on more deep-seated problems.
The Foundation at the Center of the Admissions-Bribery Scandal Has a Surprising Item in Its Portfolio: The Versatile Ph.D.
Harvard, Michigan, Rice, and other universities subscribe to the popular career resource for graduate students. Now, with the foundation’s leader indicted, the service’s future is uncertain.
College-Admissions Scandal Highlights an Overwhelmed IRS, Nonprofit Experts Say
The scheme, facilitated by the Key Worldwide Foundation, threatens public faith in nonprofit groups and underscores how ill equipped the Internal Revenue Service is to uncover fraud and other illegal activities at the country’s more than one million tax-exempt organizations.
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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