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Oklahoma City University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Phone
(405) 208-5050
Email address
ocuauditions.okcu.edu
School Information
Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904. "Oklahoma City University prepares all learners to Create, Lead, and Serve. We provide a diverse, inclusive culture committed to producing graduates who think critically and innovatively, communicate effectively, and use their knowledge and talents to make a local and global impact" (Source: https://www.okcu.edu/main/about/mission). The total undergraduate enrollment is over 1,700 students and a total graduate enrollment of 600 students. The student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. The school offers over 70 undergraduate degrees and over 20 graduate degrees.
General Information
OCU has hired a new vice president for diversity and inclusion. In addition, the school incorporates DEI into several courses. Further diversity initiatives are in development. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On March 26, 2020, OCU announced that the school has appointed Talia Carroll as the vice president for diversity and inclusion. Carroll will work to " guide, develop, enhance and implement diversity and inclusion programming, training and other initiatives." In addition, "she will also identify and build new community engagement opportunities."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In September 2019, the president released a statement saying that she intends to incorporate diversity initiatives.
  • OCU's School of Law states that it "fosters an inclusive environment that engages faculty, students, staff, and administration in a commitment to equity, social justice, and intercultural awareness both inside and outside of the classroom."
Resources
  • The OCU library offers the link to a "Whiteness and Education" database which includes "critical discussions of White racism, White identity, privilege, power, and intersectionality."
  • The OCU School of Law's library offers a resource on "How to Be an Anti-Racist Educator" which features an interview of Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The university has an Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion which hosts events and programs.
  • OCU provides "diversity and inclusion career resources."
Symbolic Actions
  • OCU states that it is "committed to doing the work to create spaces that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and reflect our position of leadership in the community."
  • OCU's School of Theatre states that it is "committed to its ongoing efforts to create and maintain a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture and environment for our community."
  • On May 31, 2020, President Martha Burger released a statement urging for the end of "white supremacy and systemic racism." She also announced that OCU’s new Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Talia Carroll, will help OCU "better infuse racial equity throughout our campus culture, practice, and policies."
  • In the spring of 2021, OCU's Student Government Association started "The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtables" for the student body to discuss topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the SGA.
  • In 2020, OCU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors participated in the nationwide Scholar Strike, a movement to "raise awareness of racism and racial injustice in all forms, including police violence against Black, Indigenous, and people of color."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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