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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
Who Else Will Get Sued Over Their Admissions Policies?
A lawsuit filed in California on Thursday seeks admissions and enrollment data from the University of California system.
Instructors Spend ‘Emotional Labor’ in Diversity Courses, and Deserve Credit for It
For most faculty members, moderating heated discussions and hearing students’ personal tribulations are part of the job. That could be OK, a new paper says, if it were recognized and rewarded.
Political Tensions With China Put Pressure on American Universities’ Research Commitments
Escalating rhetoric has forced colleges to walk a fine line between protecting national security and promoting ideals of openness.
Lecturer Who Called Police on Student Wasn’t Biased but Needs Training, University Says
An investigation at the University of Texas at San Antonio cites escalating classroom tensions, poor judgment, and a missent email as factors in an incident seen in a viral video.
Transitions: Alderson Broaddus U. Names President, U. of Texas Campus Appoints Inclusive-Excellence Chief
Alderson Broaddus's new president has been interim chief for three years. Myron Anderson will be UT-San Antonio's first vice president for inclusive excellence.
Dartmouth Allowed 3 Professors to Sexually Harass and Assault Students, Lawsuit Charges
Current and former students say that the faculty members groped them, plied them with alcohol, and, in some cases, raped them, and that the college was slow to respond to their complaints.
One Way to Help Students Confront Their Political Biases
Everyone tends to seek information that reinforces what they already think, says a political-science professor. Here’s how she demonstrates that in her course.
Dispute Over ‘Lingerie’ Comment Persists, as Society Rejects Professor’s Appeal
The International Studies Association said a joke about stopping an elevator at the lingerie department had violated its code of conduct. The scholar said he planned a defamation lawsuit.
Hate Crimes on Campuses Are Rising, New FBI Data Show
Attacks on African-Americans and Jews surged at some colleges in 2017.
A Fifth of Private Colleges Report First-Year Discount Rate of 60 Percent, Moody’s Says
The colleges are competing for a stagnant number of increasingly price-conscious high-school graduates, a survey finds.
Higher Ed’s Spreading Problem: How Colleges Are Struggling With Campus Mold
Students have been evacuated from affected dormitories across the country as universities face a consequence of extreme weather and outdated buildings.
Before Harvard, Asian-Americans Were Thrust Into U. of California’s Acrimonious Affirmative-Action Debate
Attacks on “academic whackos,” public floggings, and impugned motives have all been a part of the university’s tortured debate over whether race-conscious admissions disadvantage Asian applicants.
Amazon’s New Headquarters Is Coming to Northern Virginia. Here’s How Local Colleges Helped Make That Happen.
A “highly educated labor pool” was among the tech giant’s top criteria, and universities say they will deliver the talent.
U. of Texas at San Antonio Investigates After Students Say Lecturer Called Police on Black Classmate
The university is questioning a biology lecturer who allegedly called the campus police to remove a student from her classroom after the student rested her feet on a seat.
Will Blockchain Revolutionize Scholarly Journal Publishing?
A European start-up thinks the technology will bring a new era of speed, cost reduction, and transparency. Skeptics aren’t so sure and point to a history of failed would-be disruptors.
The Daily Briefing
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
Colleges Can Recover From Racial Crisis by Taking a Lesson From Mizzou
The university’s 2015 protests drew national attention. A new report details what leaders of the flagship campus and the University of Missouri system have done to further healing and forestall renewed protests.
Is the ‘Trump Effect’ Scaring Away Prospective International Students?
New data show a drop in enrollments from abroad. The president can’t take all — or even most — of the blame, but experts say his hostility to globalism could complicate colleges’ efforts to stanch the bleeding.
Colleges Are Taking Adult Students’ Needs More Seriously. What’s the Next Step?
There’s plenty more room for improvement, but here’s one idea: making it easier for students who owe money to their old colleges to get transcripts and credit for their work.
This University Proposed Cutting 13 Mostly Liberal-Arts Programs. It May Have Saved 7.
The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point has proposed dropping six mostly humanities majors as a part of its restructuring plan to offer more career-focused ones.
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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