Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
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: link.ou.edu/mceeresources
Resources for Students
- The Mewbourne College partners with the Gallogly College of Engineering to provide our students with a transformational Diversity and Inclusion Program.
- Resources available for students: link.ou.edu/mceeresources
- Interested in your club or organization reading a book on diversity together? Contact Dalton Brasington 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions are currently being held virtually. For more information on the trainings and how to register, visit here.
Resources for Alumni, Industry and the Community
- In a new initiative, Mewbourne College is inviting alumni to read along with our learning communities. Simply fill out this survey to receive information on the book we're reading for the semester. You will also receive discussion questions to enhance your reading experience.
- 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.
- 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.
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji
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.