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The increasingly diverse and global challenges that face our society today must be met by an equally diverse and global work force. Students with different backgrounds and perspectives must work together to overcome the challenges presented by competitive pressures in industries such as energy, national security, environmental protection and even healthcare. Diversity and inclusion programs at the college level provide a sense of professional identity and camaraderie to all students pursuing the same or similar degree programs. Colleges today are encouraged to identify support programs and staff to help transition underrepresented minorities into university life.  

Diversity Enrichment Program

Diversity Enrichment Programs (DEP) strives to identify, recruit and guide prospective undergraduate minority students, who meet or exceed admission requirements, through the admission process. In addition to providing information on admission requirements, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and housing, DEP works closely with a network of campus and community partners such as OU Student Life and Project Threshold to provide prospective students with unique views of campus through the eyes of current students and programming opportunities for cultural engagement and discovery.

Diversity Enrichment Programs

College of Engineering: Multicultural Engineering Program

With a mission to provide resources and support for all students regardless of race, class or gender, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) was established in the early 1980s to advance the role of underrepresented populations, including minority ethnic groups, first-generation students and women, in the engineering fields. The program has successfully increased multi-ethnic enrollment in the College of Engineering and raised the retention rates of MEP participants over the retention rate of the general engineering student body.

MEP hosts a number of innovative programs, including the AT&T Summer Bridge program to prepare incoming freshman for the rigor of the engineering math sequence, and provides more than $150,000 annually in need-based and merit-based scholarships. Yet, the real success of MEP is found in the untold stories of those lives it has changed. From former and current participants to the program administrators who witness firsthand the positive impact MEP has on so many students, each person telling the story of MEP demonstrates the incredible investment this program has been and continues to be.

The legacy of MEP has far-reaching implications. Not only does it introduce engineering to underrepresented student populations and provide resources needed to be successful for each program participant, but it also is creating dialogue for the entire OU student population. MEP participants are taking a lead role in promoting diversity and community for students across campus.

Multicultural Engineering Program
(405) 325-0095 |

Price College of Business: Multicultural Business Program


Established in 2012, the Multicultural Business Program (MBP) provides a bridge and support network of services to help selected students’ progress towards graduation in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma.
MBP is designed to provide on-going mentoring and academic support services to selected students who may face barriers to academic success in the Price College of Business. The program provides services primarily to underrepresented minority populations in business, which includes African American, American Indian, Hispanic, and first-generation students.

Contact: Price College of Business

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication: Community Inclusivity

The Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism offers an annual workshop for promising high school students, scheduled early each summer. The program’s goal is to expose youth to careers in the world of daily journalism. OIDJ’s mission is to provide opportunities for students who would otherwise lack access to journalism training or who face other barriers to pursuing careers in journalism.

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