Diversity on Campus
Monthly Newsletter | September 2021
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month September 15 to October 15
From the VP Desk
Community Events
Noon-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Virtual Event
Target Audience: Faculty and Staff

Mental Health Professional
Patricia Alvarado will discuss how to create connectedness by decreasing stigma within the Latinx Community.

7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Meacham Auditorium, Norman
FREE (limited seating)
Target Audience: Students

Actor and comedian Gadiel del Orbe will entertain the audience with "An Evening with Gadiel del Orbe."
OU vs. West virginia tailgate saturday september 25 from 2.30 to 6.30 pm at the Oklahoma Memorial Union Courtyard
2:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25
Oklahoma Memorial Union Courtyard
Norman Campus
Target Audience: Students, Faculty, Staff

Let's enjoy some food together, engage in fellowship, and have fun at the OU vs. West Virginia tailgate!
The neighborhood table with Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
This event involves free lunches in a limited number.
Target Audience: Students, Faculty, and Staff

To enjoy a free lunch, please stop by one of the following locations:

Norman Campus: South Oval
Health Sciences Center: Bird Library Patio
OU-Tulsa Campus: Founders Student Center

News and Involvement Opportunities
Danielle Pullen next gen under 30 oklahoma
Recognizing the Leaders
of the Future

For the past 10 years, NextGen under 30 Oklahoma has spotlighted talented Oklahomans who serve the community and inspire its members. This year, Danielle Pullen was honored with the award for her consistent contributions to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for her commitment as a board member of the CARE center, and for her mentorship to at risk youth with the Comeback Kid Society. Congratulations, Danielle! 
Jonique Scott
How a Solid Campus Support Can Make the Difference

In 2012, Jonique Scott arrived at the University of Oklahoma campus as a transfer student with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Despite the mountains that presented themselves, she was determined to make life on this campus and to graduate.

While her husband carried out his obligations...

Upward Bound programs
What I Gained by Not Going to a School Field Trip to NYC:
My Experience with Upward Bound

Amy Lyons-Ketchum
Assistant Director of Training and Development

In my last year in junior high school, my drama class teacher planned a trip to New York City to see a Broadway play. I was beyond excited! At every school event from football games to club meetings, I was there selling snacks and soliciting donations. I participated in every carwash and bake sale. I even stayed after school to work the small snack bar in the commons for

ADRC syllabus statement
Accessibility and Disability
Resource Center Syllabus Statement

As part of a community of care, ADRC provides disability resource supports for students on all of OU campuses, including state, national, international, and online locations. Support systems include academic and housing accommodations, digital accessibility, outreach and education, advocacy, training, structural accessibility, and ADA coordination. What if students are unaware of the services that the ADRC can provide to better their learning and campus experience?

Faculty: Please include the ADRC statement in your syllabus. Click on “Syllabus Statement” to retrieve it.

Students: Please visit the Student Information pages to find helpful information about scholarships, accommodations, and other resources. The process to register with the ADRC as a student with a disability is found at Student Registration Process.
Employee Resource Groups logos
OU Employee Resource Groups

At OU, the Employee Resource Groups are an open forum for individuals with a shared identity to build community and a place of belonging.

ERGs are available at all three campuses and include Black faculty and staff/ African American faculty and staff (OUHealth), Latinx Coalition, Indigenous faculty and staff Circle, LGBTQ+ faculty and staff, Middle Eastern North African faculty and staff, and Asian Pacific Islander Desi Indian faculty and staff.

For any questions about ERG please send an email at diversity.inclusion@ou.edu.
Training and Development
Mental Health Series
A Series for Faculty and Staff on Supporting Student Mental Health

Noon - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Virtual Panel

OU mental health professionals will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of college students. Designed for OU members in student-facing roles, the panel will end with practical advice.

Register at bit.ly/2WmEHzJ
Diversity Ally. Unlearning Series
Diversity Ally Series
Unlearning Ableism

9 - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Virtual Workshop

Developed for faculty and staff, the Diversity Ally program is designed to improve campus climate by providing skills and resources to avoid bias, to support students and colleagues, and to disrupt harmful dynamics when they arise.

Request Customized Training
With DEI
In a community of care, members are engaged in continuous education via workshops and training sessions like the ones scheduled by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Those options are listed on the DEI calendar.

Sometimes, however, training needs to be customized to fit the experiences of a college or administrative department. To request a customized training or to facilitate conversations, we invite you to complete an online form.
Request a customized training session by clicking on the bottom below:
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team is looking forward to your requests!
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