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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
Emergency Care Was Delayed for Maryland Football Player Who Died, Consultant Says
The university system’s board chair said on Friday that the system would wait until a second investigation is completed before making “final decisions.”
A Student Leader Resigns at Texas State After Being Accused of Taking Money From Turning Point USA
The former student-body president has neither confirmed nor denied that she accepted illegal campaign funds from the shadowy conservative group.
Why They Didn’t Report: Trump’s Challenge to Kavanaugh Accuser Provokes Stories of Campus Assault
A hashtag sprung up on Twitter on Friday in response to the president’s public doubting of the woman who has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault. Many are using it to describe what happened when they were assaulted in college.
After Silent Sam’s Fall, Calls to Rename a Building at Duke Grow Louder
The building that houses Duke’s history department is named for Julian Carr, a philanthropist and “an architect of white supremacy in the early 20th century,” the department chair says.
Big Donor’s Facebook Photos of 2 Black Students Unsettle Ole Miss
After Ed Meek illustrated a post about what he called the degradation of the university’s surrounding town with pictures of two African-American women, the chancellor, Jeffrey S. Vitter, quickly condemned it.
Harvard Raised $9.6 Billion in Its Latest Campaign. Here’s What You Could Do With That Money.
The five-year project broke fund-raising records, earning enough to send an entire state to community college.
Transitions: Shaw U. Makes Interim President Permanent, New Chief of Staff Named at American International College
Paulette Dillard has served as the interim leader of of Shaw since July 2017. Nicolle Cestero moves from Title IX coordinator to chief of staff at American International.
As Cornell Finds Him Guilty of Academic Misconduct, Food Researcher Will Retire
Brian Wansink says his retirement has been “in the works for a long time,” but it comes as a university investigation takes him to task for “misreporting of research data, problematic statistical techniques,” and other violations.
What’s on the Mind of the Private-College President? 3 Insights From a New Report
The Council of Independent Colleges took the pulse of campus leaders and found race, representation, and a hostile political climate among their concerns.
U. of Tennessee Considers a Politically Connected Businessman to Run Its System
Randy Boyd doesn’t have experience in academe, but the scandal-plagued system could use “an outside-in perspective,” as the chair of the Board of Trustees put it.
Journals Retract 6 More Articles by a Controversial Cornell Food Scientist
Brian Wansink called the latest retractions, which bring his total to more than a dozen, “very unjust.” Meanwhile, the university said its own investigation of the researcher is about to conclude.
How Notre Dame Rethought Its Core Curriculum
The university recategorized core courses into “ways of knowing” and added flexibility to its requirements.
U. of Pennsylvania Says It Will Be First Ivy to Offer Online Bachelor’s Degree
The program, aimed at nontraditional students, illustrates the growing credibility and popularity of online education.
‘We Are the Most At-Risk People on Campus.’ Non-Tenured Instructors Can Now Serve in U. of Mississippi’s Faculty Senate.
At many colleges, non-tenure-track professors can advocate as faculty senators for issues that affect them. But not at the University of Mississippi, until now.
Women Say Her Husband Harassed. Now She’s Under Fire.
As sexual-harassment allegations mount against the husband of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater’s chancellor, women are saying the chancellor failed them and must resign. A former graduate student makes new accusations.
U. of Michigan Professor Refuses to Recommend Student Whose Destination Is Israel
His university, however, says the scholar’s personal politics are out of place.
Idea Lab: Faculty Diversity
Colleges are facing growing demands to hire more minority faculty members. But doing so requires revamping how search committees usually operate, confronting unconscious bias, and improving the Ph.D. pipeline. This collection examines how colleges are changing to bolster their faculty ranks with more people from underrepresented minority groups. Get your copy in the Chronicle store.
U. of Wisconsin System Opens Second Investigation Into Alleged Harassment by Chancellor’s Husband
He was banned from the Whitewater campus after he was found to have sexually harassed female employees. Now another woman has accused him of harassing her when she was a student-government leader.
It’s Time for Colleges to Stop Overlooking Hispanic Adults
Most efforts to enroll Hispanic students begin and end with the 18- to 24-year-old set. A new program backed by $2.5 million in grants aims to change that.
The Daily Briefing
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
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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