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JRCoE Diversity Commitment

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JRCoE Diversity Commitment

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education is committed to identifying and rectifying our own tacit and explicit practices of harm and exclusion as we strive toward a culture that recognizes, affirms, and reflects diverse backgrounds, experiences, knowledge traditions, viewpoints, and beliefs.

  • We acknowledge our particular responsibility as a college of education to identify and dismantle our own tacit and explicit practices of harm and exclusion as we commit to understand, foster, and sustain practices and priorities that recognize and affirm communities historically and contemporarily displaced and dispossessed by U.S. education.
  • We recognize and value differences and intersections among: age, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, geographic location, immigration status, Indigeneity, language, nationality, political affiliation, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation/identity, and socioeconomic status/social class.
  • We undertake our collective work on lands placed by its Creator in the care and protection of the Hasinai (Caddo) and Kitikiti’sh (Wichita) peoples and originally shared by many Indigenous Nations—including the Cáuigù (Kiowa), Nʉmʉnʉʉ
    (Comanche), Na i sha and Ndee (Apache)—as a place of gathering and exchange. Today, 39 Tribal Nations reside in what is currently known as Oklahumma (Oklahoma), many as a result of actions designed to erase Indigenous people. We recognize the active and on-going role Oklahoma, the University, and the College of Education play in settler colonialism. We commit to redistributive and reparative practices in an effort to undo colonial underpinnings at our epistemological, ontological, pedagogical, and methodological levels. We acknowledge our connection to place and honor the land as a relative.