Diversity on Campus
Monthly Newsletter | September 2020
At OU we smize. 
We smile with our eyes.
A Month of Celebrations!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month 
September 15 to October 15.
Latino programs and services.
The University of Oklahoma.
Training and Development
Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students Learning Series
A person is a constellation of identities reflected in values, beliefs, and actions. Some of those identities are deeply ingrained and left unpacked.
But if we do not examine our identities, how can we meaningfully act in and impact the world?

To cater to that need, the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has launched Rooted in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Change Starts With Me.
Rooted in diversity equity and inclusion. Change starts with me. 
Vernon A. Wall on how to engage in equity and inclusion.
First personal work.
Second dialogue and skills building.
Third action.
The learning series was designed to accompany faculty, staff, and graduate students through a self-discovery to understand how one’s identities influence worldviews and eventually actions in life, in the classroom, and at work.
Start that rewarding journey by saving the date on your calendar:
the next workshop is scheduled on Oct. 21.
Review the series’ calendar for more details.
Diversity equity and inclusion
Fall 2020 
Events and Programs
At OU, diversity, equity, and inclusion is everyone's job. That is why our calendar has an event for everyone. Plan ahead your attendance by visiting the calendar.
Norman campus. 
Diversity equity and inclusion week. 
September 20 to 26 2020.
Health sciences center campus.
Diversity equity and inclusion week. 
September 20 to 26 2020.
OU Tulsa campus. 
Diversity equity and inclusion week. 
September 20 to 26 2020.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week is back!
Started in spring 2019, the DEI Week is a time to increase awareness, educate our community and be an advocate.
Celebrate, learn, and engage across campuses!
Maneuvering a traditional faculty career involves competence in writing, productivity in research-, and work-life balance. To thrive in all three aspects of academic life, the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity has developed a four-step model that starts with planning for the academic year, and continues with strategies to increase publications, to develop professional
relationships, and to prioritize self-care.

Recognizing the importance to support faculty, post docs, and graduate students according to their different career needs, the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnership, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supported the OU membership to NCFDD.

Through online boot camps, workshops, and mentorship programs, faculty and graduate students can acquire tools and routines to succeed.
To initiate a free membership, please review the Provost memo issued on Aug. 24, 2020. 
This October, the WGS Center for Social Justice will host a fall Teach OUt on Race as a response to the continuing pandemic of recent and ongoing acts of anti-Black violence in the U.S.

The virtual Teach OUt on Race will focus on uncovering whiteness. It work in coordination with the Women’s and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice inaugural social justice reading group, featuring Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist. The Teach OUt on Race will feature an interactive panel of scholar-activists from the OU/Norman community and beyond, moderated by an expert in whiteness studies.
Join us for our inaugural Social Justice Reading Group. Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss Kendi’s book each week.

Limited seats are available. Free copies of the book will be distributed to registered participants as supplies last. Registration will open Sep. 21 and close Oct. 2.

For more information and for registration, visit csj.ou.edu for more information.
News and Involvement Opportunities
The pandemic has posed new challenges to international students at OU. From visa delays to enrollment requirements and travel restrictions, international students need a source of reliable and timing information.
The International Student Response Taskforce meets those needs by connecting students with the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies and more.

Visit their webpage at ou.edu/cis/task-force to stay informed.
COVID-19 has impacted the lives of many people. OU international students are among them as they continue to face significant stress, hardship and uncertainty. OU responds to their needs with a campaign to replenish emergency funds. You can contribute via an online gift.

You can also contribute with a check payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, memo line ‘designate fund 32156’. Please send the check at PO Box 258856 Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856.

Thank you for your contribution!
How do you share perspectives and worldviews?
Vy Luong thinks that the way to do it is by breaking barriers. A reigning Faces of OU International 2020, Vy has launched Breaking Barriers, an awareness campaign about the challenges experienced by international students.

If you decide to share your unique story, you can do it anonymously by filling an online form or by being featured in a documentary series.

Follow Breaking Barriers on
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher's picture
A Life Spent to Change People's Lives
In 1949, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher gave a new direction to higher education for African American students when she was admitted to OU Law.
That legacy continues with the newly established endowed chair in her name funded with a gift of $1 million from several donors.

Thanks to the efforts of the OU Black Law Students Association and Professor Melissa Mortazavi, the fund will be used to recruit a national expert in civil rights, race and justice in the law. “Dr. Fisher didn’t spend her legal career making millions of dollars; she devoted herself to changing millions of lives," stated Professor Mortazavi. The endowed chair position is a catalyst to multiply Dr. Fisher’s efforts.
Southern association of allied health deans.
Student leadership diversity inclusion and equity award.
College of Allied Health students who have demonstrated leadership in reducing health disparities and improving equity, diversity, and inclusion in society, particularly with respect to health issues, are encouraged to apply for the SAAHD Student Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award.

In 2020, up to four $1,000 awards will be distributed. To be considered for the $1,000 award, students must submit two parts of the nomination/application.
Please include:
1. a current resume
2. a typewritten essay response on four questions:
a. Describe who you are, with a particular focus on your background and its connection to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

b. Describe your leadership activities in health disparities and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion, and your significant accomplishments in these areas. Be sure to describe reasons for your choice of activities and the impact you had in reducing health disparities and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.
c. Describe the context in which your activities took place and include any personal challenges you had to overcome to make a meaningful contribution.
d. Describe how your leadership activities in diversity, equity, and inclusion will contribute to your future efforts in the health professions.
3. Optional: a first-generation college student affidavit.

Send the material to alliedhealth-info@ouhsc.edu no later than Thursday, October 8 at 4 PM.
Breast cancer awareness month.
October 2020.
By Danielle Pullen
In October, we advocate to bring awareness about Breast Cancer. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer.

In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be
diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

Breast cancer affects most of us in some way. During the month of October, listen to a podcast about the thousands of individuals fighting this disease, make a donation to a local hospital or nonprofit, hold a fundraiser on your social media, and do not forget to wear your pink ribbon to share support!

To donate to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation please visit their website.
This Month We Celebrate...
September 18 to 20
Rosh Hashanah
OU Stands 
Yom Kippur
September 27 to 28
We wish you an easy fast
What Is New At DEI
Diversity equity and inclusion 
The university of Oklahoma
ou.edu forward slash diversity
Promoting diversity equity and inclusion.
Building a supportive campus environment where each individual feels welcomed valued and supported for success. 
OU stands.
Website users deserve a well-designed and functional website.

With that in mind, the staff of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has recently redesigned the DEI website for simple navigation, responsive design, and accessibility. Now you can enjoy:
  • an intuitive navigation menu,
  • a layout ready for mobile or laptop access,
  • the option to access its content via an automatic text reader

We invite you to visit our new website and tell us what you think!
Is the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website easy to navigate?
For the most part
The Importance of Giving
Give to the Office of diversity equity and inclusion. 
The office uses donations from people like you to fund grands sponsorships scholarships events and lectures to make the OU community more diverse equitable and inclusive. Thank you for your support.