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In a recent listening session, OU students, faculty and staff across campuses converged on the meaning of belonging. They agreed that belonging is a process evolving over time via actions performed in a space where they can be authentic. In that space, individuals feel accepted and valued by those around them when they work together and overcome challenges, surrounded by a community that helps them when they need it. The OU community definition reflects the institutional description of equity: “All have success and opportunity to succeed through identified and provided resources.”

Indeed, envisioning OU as a place of belonging for all students, faculty, staff and alumni is the pillar of the strategic plan advanced by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Focused on ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion become a cultural strength at OU, the Division evolved in the current state to strategically align programs, services and resources. Today, the Division encompasses the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with a location at the Norman, Health Sciences Center and Tulsa campuses; the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center; the TRIO Center that includes Upward Bound, Project Threshold and McNair Scholars. Moreover, the Division relies on the invaluable support of two advisory bodies: the Inclusion Council and the DEI Advisory Board to the Vice President.


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