"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
Insight Into Diversity, Diversity Champion 2017
“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."
- Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren, OU Daily
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 is charged with maintaining a diverse and inclusive community through recruitment, retention, engagement, and advancement of students, faculty, and staff.
The Office of University Community will achieve national and international recognition for excellence as a pacesetter institution in its commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community. The Office of University Community will continue to be the point of contact and arbiter of engagement, discourse, information, interaction, outreach and leadership in the mission of diversity and inclusivity at the University of Oklahoma.
- Mutual Respect
- Civil Dialogue
- Cultural Awareness through Education