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OSU Diversity Highlights


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ENROLLMENT TRENDS

Undergraduates

140%
increase in new first-year undergraduate
students of color from fall 2009 to fall 2015
89%
increase in undergraduate students of
color from fall 2009 to fall 2015
30%
of fall 2015 incoming first-year
undergraduate students were of color

Graduate

86%
increase in new graduate students of
color from fall 2009 to fall 2015
31%
increase in total graduate students of
color from fall 2009 to fall 2015

GRADUATION RATES

 

35%
increase in the number of students of
color earning a Bachelor's degree from
May 2010 to May 2015
46%
increase in the number of students of
color earning a graduate degree from May
2010 to May 2015
82%
increase in the number of students of
color earning a doctorate degree from
May 2010 to May 2015

FACULTY RECRUITMENT

40%
increase in African American, Native
American, Latino, & biracial/multiracial
faculty in OSU classrooms since 2010

ACADEMICS AND CAMPUS SUPPORT

  • Diversity course requirement for all undergraduates
  • Internationals dimension course requirement for all undergraduates
  • Institutional Diversity Capital Campaign raised $2.5M since February 2014; 12 endowed scholarships
  • Inaugural OSU Diversity Hall of Fame held October 2015
  • Formal University Diversity Statement
  • Center for Soverign Nations opened in August 2015 for focused service to soverign tribal nations in Oklahoma
  • SGA and Faculty Council supported diversity training for students, faculty and staff
  • Launched Oklahoma Diversity and Inclusion Institute October 2015

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

OVER
70
diversity-related student, faculty
and staff campus organizations
  • Retention Initiative for Student Excellence
  • Inclusion Leadership Program
  • U.S. Department of Education TRiO Programs (Student Support Services & Upward Bound)
  • $3.4M NSF-funded Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs Mentoring and Retention Program
  • First 2 Go (first-generation student program)
  • OSU hosted the 38th Annual Big 12 Conference of Black Student Leadership and Government in 2015
  • Provost Diversity Initiative
  • Critical Conversations diversity program series (e.g., Ferguson and Race in America, Voting Rights, Confederate Flag, Islamaphobia, etc.)
  • Difficult Dialogues Program
  • Recent campus and graduation speakers: Common, Dr. Tererei Trent, Dr. Kevin Cokley, T.W. Shannon, Jemele Hill, Shaquille O'Neal, Stedman Graham, Dr. Bennet Omalu, and Clifton Taulbert

RANKINGS AND AWARDS

  • #1 in the nation among public land-grant colleges and universities for graduating Native American students five years in a row
  • Four-year recipient of Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015)
  • 2015 Mosaic Top Inclusive Workplace Cultures award by the Tulsa Regional Chamber
  • 2016 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Institutional Excellence Award
  • Diverse Issue in Higher Education Top 100 Degree Producers for African American, Native American, Asian American, Latino, and biracial/multiracial graduates (2014 and 2015)
  • Earned U.S. Dept. of Education Minority Serving Institution designation in 2014

OSU DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Oklahoma State University is a land-grant institution committed to excellence in diversity and inclusion. We strive to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment that appreciates and values all members of the University community. We define diversity as engagement in meaningful actions, behaviors and conversations that reflect a commitment to recognizing, understanding and respecting the differences among students, faculty, staff and visitors throughout the OSU system. We do not condone acts, behavior, language or symbols that represent or reflect intolerance or discrimination. OSU is dedicated to cultivating and enriching the competitive advantages that diversity and inclusion provides all members of the University community. We identify diversity as a quality of life issue, as well as an important economic driver for the prosperity and well-being of the state, nation and world.