NORMAN – University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced that D’Andre Fisher, Assistant Director of Diversity Enrichment Programs in OU Recruitment Services, has been named Special Assistant to the Vice President for the University Community, pending approval of the OU Board of Regents. He will work alongside Vice President Jabar Shumate to promote campus diversity and inclusion.
“I applaud Vice President Shumate’s choice of D’Andre Fisher as his Special Assistant,” Boren said. “Mr. Fisher has an excellent and proven track record at OU. He has tremendous ability and energy and will do a great job to help OU’s new Vice President.”
As Special Assistant to the Vice President for the University Community, Fisher will serve as a liaison to faculty and staff departments with Diversity and Inclusion Programs, including Recruitment Services, Student Affairs and the Center for Student Life. He will assist with the cultivation of faculty, staff and alumni advisory boards for the Office of the Vice President for the University Community, and help implement their recommendations. Fisher also will assist Shumate in addressing ideas from President Boren and members of OU’s Executive Cabinet.
Fisher’s role will include collaborating with student, alumni and external groups to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts. He will assist the Vice President with the development of a strategic plan, implementation of mandatory diversity and inclusion experiences for all freshman students, and production of a monthly campus newsletter.
In Fisher’s current role, he meets with thousands of high school students each year, primarily reaching out to under-represented minorities and students with low socioeconomic backgrounds. Fisher created and co-founded the Developing Black Males Conference, which annually brings approximately 100 prospective students to OU’s Norman campus. He also has served as a resource for first-generation college students and is an adjunct instructor in human relations.
Fisher, who has a passion for working with college students, earned a bachelor’s degree in human relations and master’s degrees in human relations and adult and higher education, all from OU.