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Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 430
Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939
Phone
(580) 349-2611
School Information
"The mission of OPSU is to provide higher education primarily for people of the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding areas through academic programs, cultural enrichment, lifelong learning experiences, and public service activities. The educational experiences are designed to prepare students for roles in agriculture, business, education, government, and industry and to enrich their personal lives" (Source: https://www.linkedin.com/school/oklahoma-panhandle-state-university/). OPSU was founded in 1909 and offers 60 Bachelor's and associate degrees. Its total undergraduate enrollment is approximately 1,300. The school's student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.
General Information
No mandatory CRT training exists at Oklahoma Panhandle State University but it has taken strides to create some mandatory diversity trainings for faculty, staff, and students. In response to the death of George Floyd, OPSU formed a Council for Diversity and Inclusivity which entailed an Action Plan for incorporating DEI into the school. OPSU will engage students, faculty, staff, and all community members of the institution in DEI training. In addition, OPSU formed a Strategic Plan in 2017 which also engages the school in incorporating diversity and inclusion throughout its planning. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of its Action Plan, OPSU will "provide training and education to faculty, staff, students, and community members regarding diversity and the experiences of those with marginalized identities."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • OPSU's Criminal Justice program takes an "anti-racist approach to learning with a specific focus on equity in law and practice." New "special topic courses" are being added to focus on subjects like racism and bias, and instructors are taking "deliberate steps to address this in their syllabi and teaching."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • As part of its Action Plan, OPSU commits to "serve as a proud, visible ally for those who experience oppression or marginalization."
  • The school's Council for Diversity and Inclusivity commits to "ongoing learning as council members in order to serve most effectively as allies."
Symbolic Actions
  • In 2017, OPSU formed a Strategic Plan which includes a goal for inclusion to "embrace and support our diverse students."
  • OPSU has a Council for Diversity and Inclusivity which "acknowledges that a culture of diversity and inclusivity improves the lives of all community members, which in turn prepares community members for personal and professional success in the global society."
  • OPSU formed an action plan which calls upon the school to "amplify marginalized voices and serve as instruments of change within this university on behalf of the community and students represented."
  • OPSU stated that, "in celebration of Black History Month, Oklahoma Panhandle State University supports and stands with our Black Scholars of the World."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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