Updated July 31, 2019
Institutional Goals for Diversity & Inclusion
These major goals will provide a vision for how to achieve the following intended
institutional impact outcomes:
In the Spring of 2016, the Office of University Community (currently Office of Diversity and Inclusion) formed the OU Diversity and Inclusivity Council. The Council comprises faculty, staff, and administrators from across the University. The Council’s initial charge was to serve as an advisory committee for the Office of University Community and to: 1) review and advise on critical diversity issues, 2) coordinate diversity programs and initiatives across the University, 3) advise and manage diversity planning, and 4) identify and disseminate best practices.
Understanding that the work of diversity and inclusivity is complex and that this work must be systemic, involve all stakeholders, and focus on institutional change and transformation, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion worked collaboratively with OU Outreach to help frame the University’s strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. Using a Theory of Change methodology, this roadmap provides the basis for strategic plans where actions are aligned to desired outcomes and metrics to benchmark progress. The Council created four committees representing 1) undergraduate students, 2) graduate students, 3) faculty, and 4) staff and administrators to create strategic-action plans addressing the unique needs of historically underrepresented groups in these categories.
As a result of the above strategies we expect the following outcomes for faculty, staff and administrators:
We expect the following outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students:
Make diversity, equity and inclusion a clear priority of the administration by announcing a strategic initiative for investment that will fund the following initiatives.
Success for this plan depends on commitment from University of Oklahoma faculty, staff, and administrators to create a shared vision and direction that advances the OU community in its pursuit of excellence in equity, access, and inclusivity.
Long-term success also depends on a continuous improvement loop in which goals and benchmarks are assessed to ensure achievement or recalibration of strategies, as needed. This ensures the diversity, equity and inclusion plan is a living document that guides behavior, action, and resources.
We must continue to fulfill our mission:
“To enhance OU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, recognize and respect the essential worth of each individual and value differences amongst groups. We commit to building a welcoming and supportive campus environment where each individual feel welcomed, valued, and supported for success.”
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Admissions and Recruitment
Office of Academic Assessment
Office of the Provost
Office of University Community
Office of the Vice President for Research
OU Health Sciences Center
Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
College of Law
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
David L. Boren College of International Studies
Gallogly College of Engineering
Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy
Michael F. Price College of Business
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
The University has created a draft plan for diversity and inclusion efforts across all three campuses. While the University goals will remain constant, strategies will be regularly evaluated to meet the needs of the institution. The following is a guide for University entities to develop plans that meet the University goals and specific area needs.