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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Mewbourne College  — Values, Resources and Initiatives

Diversity is one of the strengths of our society as well as one of the hallmarks of a great university. The University supports diversity and is committed to maintaining employment, educational, and health care settings that are multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, and all-inclusive. Respecting differences is one of the University’s missions.

The University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual based on the individual’s race, color, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age (40 or older), sex (see Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment policy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.


The goal of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy's diversity initiative is to enhance OU's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, recognize and respect the essential worth of each individual, and value differences amongst groups in the college. Mewbourne College also commits to building a welcoming and supportive campus environment where each individual feels welcomed, valued, and supported for success.

Resources are available on the MCEE website at:


Welcoming Anita Hopson Malone, Ph.D.

Anita Hopson Malone, Ph.D., an experienced researcher and practitioner of diversity and inclusion programs, has been named Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy’s new coordinator of student engagement. Malone graduated with her Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from the University of Central Oklahoma and her master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. In 2017, Hopson Malone earned her doctoral degree in instructional leadership and academic curriculum from OU.

With nearly two decades of experience in education, Hopson Malone taught in various educational spaces ranging from K-12 classrooms to university lecture halls. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for students and children. Malone recently served as a program specialist at the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development at OU where she coordinated and managed the development of curriculum for classrooms across the state.

In her role at Mewbourne College, Hopson Malone will serve our students and college in a variety of functions. She will serve as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion liaison for the college and work on initiatives related to the strategic plan. Anita will work with our students by offering programing for their needs, and she will also assist with some recruiting efforts for the college.

“I am excited for the experience Anita brings to this role and the way she can positively impact our students and college as a whole. Anita has a passion for this work and I’m looking forward to seeing her leadership in this arena,” said Annette Moran, director of Student Services at Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy’s Pioneer Natural Resources Student Services Center.

Resources for Students

  • Interested in your club or organization reading a book on diversity together? Contact Dr. Anita Hopson Malone for information and resources.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

  • Mewbourne College's goal is 100% faculty and staff participation in the University of Oklahoma Unlearning Series. For more information on the trainings and how to register, visit here.
  • Information to join our Spring 2021 Learning Community is coming soon!

Resources for Alumni, Industry and the Community

  • We are committed to redoubling efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented students, particularly African Americans. We are committed to also identifying tangible issues experienced by underrepresented students, faculty and staff at the College, and will endeavor to solve problems with expediency. If you are interested in donating to these efforts, please contact Stephanie Buettner.
  • The Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions hosts continuing education courses for the energy and earth sciences industries. We recently hosted a free crisis management webinar.

Additional Resources

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has created a new webpage for learning and education. It includes the Diversity Dialogue as well as a list of resources that include academic and popular culture references (books, movies, podcasts, etc.). To learn more or to take action, see the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s list of resources here.








Learn with Us

Groups within the Mewbourne College come together to continually learn about issues regarding diversity. Here are some of the books we're reading.

Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele

Blind Spot book

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji

White Fragility
by Robin Diangelo

Learning and Land Acknowledgement

Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional ancestral lands of the Caddo and Wichita & Affiliated nations.

The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy acknowledges this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Osage nations.  Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to eradicate and assimilate Native people. The University of Oklahoma acknowledges and honors the historical connection our university has with its Indigenous community and the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations and affirm who they are today. This acknowledgement is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture, and history that make up our entire OU Community.