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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
Buoyed by Solid Economies, Most States Spend More on Higher Education
State appropriations to the sector rose by almost 4 percent over the last year, according to an annual survey.
A New Path to Atonement
By Marc Parry
Small Colleges Get Experimental in Bid to Survive
War rooms, donor outreach, and cutting majors are among the tactics they are using to make themselves sustainable.
3 Small Colleges in the South Take 3 Very Different Approaches
Find out more about what small colleges are doing to make themselves sustainable.
The Anxiety of 'Doing Womanhood Correctly' in Academe
Grace Lavery talks about her body, free speech, and finding transcendence in a hot tub in Sedona, Ariz.
Selected New Books on Higher Education
Among the topics are professional development for midcareer faculty members and ways to inspire students to write better.
What I'm Reading: ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things’
A book intended for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs became an arts and humanities dean’s new bible.
Hiring and Promotion Hazards in Academe
Even the most virtuous faculty members and administrators involved in employment decisions may have biases that could lead to lawsuits.
That Other Affirmative-Action Case: The Battle Over UNC’s Admissions Policies Heats Up
Students for Fair Admissions alleges that Chapel Hill gives “significant racial preferences” to underrepresented minority applicants. The university calls its approach “constitutionally sound.”
Looking to Improve Students’ Mental Health? Ask What They Need
The new world of mental-health services includes food pantries and bus tickets, and involves the entire campus.
At Michigan State, a Disruptive Presidency That Few Could Muster the Will to End
Trustees seemed paralyzed by the notion that changing interim leaders was somehow worse than all the damage John Engler was doing.
Transitions: First Female President to Lead Elizabethtown College, Grinnell College Selects Chief Academic Officer
Cecilia M. McCormick will become chief executive at Elizabethtown in July. Grinnell's next provost comes from DePauw University.
Liberty U. Senior Official Accepted Bag of Money for Helping Trump in Online Polls, Report Says
The previously unreported connections are the latest in a longstanding series of ties between the president and the Christian university in Virginia.
John Engler Is Out at Michigan State. Here Are 3 Moments That Got Him Booted.
His time as interim president of Michigan State University compounded the scandal left by Larry Nassar, a sports doctor who sexually abused hundreds of women and girls. Three incidents, in particular, hastened his ouster.
Michigan State U. Forces Out Engler Immediately
Following the interim president’s explosive comments about abuse survivors, trustees accelerated his resignation timetable and sought to make amends.
How One Instructor Stopped Himself From Lecturing Too Much
By splitting each class into four chunks, a Harvard postdoc makes sure he dedicates a half-hour to active-learning strategies.
The Nassar Scandal and the Crisis of Michigan State’s President
During a week of scathing, heart-rending testimony by the physician’s scores of victims, Lou Anna K. Simon’s once-strong support rapidly eroded. On the same day in 2018 that Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, Simon resigned. Her successor, John M. Engler, fared little better as interim president, and was forced out in early 2018. Here’s how the scandal came about — and persisted.
The Rise and Fall of Silent Sam
Silent Sam, a statue of a Confederate soldier, dominated the main entrance of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for more than a century, despite decades of protests. But suddenly, in August 2018, the statue was yanked down by protesters. And in January 2019 the campus’s chancellor, Carol L. Folt, removed the statue’s pedestal and other remnants. Here’s how Silent Sam moved from dominance to disappearance.
Professor Resigns Amid Accusations That He Exploited Grad Students With ‘Modern Slavery’
A tenured pharmacy instructor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City has stepped down amid allegations that he forced students to be his servants.
Responding to a Lawsuit, Dartmouth Denies Ignoring Complaints About Professors’ Abusive Behavior
The lawsuit, filed by seven current and former students, challenges the college for not doing more to protect women from three psychology professors.
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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