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Jabar Shumate Vice President, Pam Hicks Executive Assistant, D'Andre Fisher Special Assistant (UC)
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"Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. A limited number of colleges and universities across the nation have been selected for this honor. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that set the standard for thousands of other campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion. They develop successful strategies and programs, which then serve as models of excellence for other institutions. Diversity Champion schools exceed everyday expectations, often eclipsing their own goals. Selected institutions rank in the top tier of Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients. The HEED Award is presented annually by INSIGHT Into Diversity to recognize colleges and universities that are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment." - Insight Into Diversity


“The University is especially pleased to receive this award for the second year in a row. This recognition further exemplifies OU as a national role model for creating a welcoming environment for all members of the university family. The entire university community, students, faculty, staff and alumni have worked hard together to make this recognition possible."

 - University of Oklahoma President David Boren, OU Daily 

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24 Hour Reporting Hotline

In light of incidents on other campuses and to further enhance responsiveness, the University of Oklahoma has established a 24-hour Reporting Hotline. The hotline will serve as an added protection for OU students, handling reports of bias, discrimination, physical or mental harassment or misconduct by OU community members. The 24-hour Reporting Hotline can be accessed by calling 844-428-6531 or going online to

Office of University Community

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Office of University Community to enhance the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, recognize and respect the essential worth of each individual and value differences amongst groups. The Office of University Community aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spiritual belief, geographic origin, abilities or disabilities, socioeconomic status, and age. Furthermore, the Office of University Community is committed to attaining diversity in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups and communities.  


The Office of University Community is committed to providing an inclusive community whereas diversity is the cornerstone that fosters a climate that is open and welcoming to diverse people, ideas and perspectives; that promotes a positive dialogue on the nature of diversity; and that engages faculty, staff and students in activities that promote the University's core values.  

Core Values

Community Outreach and Collaboration: The ability to empower and build strong relationships within the University student body, Faculty and Staff, Departments, community and Alumni.

Integrity: The ability to meet commitments, act responsibly, and promote University and community trust. While sustaining accountability for words and actions.

Cultural Awareness and Understanding: To demonstrate understanding, awareness and respect of differences.