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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Our mission is to 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. D.E.I. is the framework for the way we do business as we equip students, staff and faculty for a certain way of being and leading in the world.

Upcoming DEI Events

Most events are streamed live and can be viewed at For a complete list of upcoming events, see the Cultural Engagement Calendar

September 23, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Davenport University Lettinga Campus - Sneden Auditorium  - 6191 Kraft Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg will read from his current novel and share his own story of coming out as a teen and again as a sports writer for ESPN and The Associated Press.

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning American author of Out of the Pocket and "Openly Straight." Before becoming a fiction writer, Konigsberg was a sports writer. As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press from 2005-08, he covered the New York Mets and his weekly fantasy baseball column appeared in newspapers across the country. In May 2001, while working for, he came out on the front page of the website in an article entitled "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays." 



Just as you are.

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.

Be part of global acceptance.

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.

Excellence in Diversity Award

Davenport University has been recognized as a 2012, 2013, and 2014 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. This prestigious honor is awarded " based on [the] institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and include all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community."



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