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OSU releases Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force update

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Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University on November 11, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Statehas announced new changes and improvements to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force.

After an eight-month process, the DEI task force will now begin implementing their vision on how to create a more diverse campus. New practices and improvements will include:

The Hiring of Senior Inclusion Officers to help achieve broader and transformative diversity and inclusion efforts.

Creating an Annual DEI Summit to help learn and discuss the best practices among campus.

Creating an Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop, providing students and staff to understand diversity and build inclusion among course material.

Founding the OSU Police Department Community Outreach Program, focusing on enhancing partnerships with campus programs, colleges, and student organizations.

Increasing and Maximizing scholarships and funding for Underrepresented, Underserved and Marginalized (UUM) Students, addressing unintentional barriers to access and increasing student awareness of scholarship opportunities.

OSU’s newest president Dr. Kayse Shrum, recently sat down to talk about the importance of diversity throughout campus in a recent interview with The O’Colly.

“That’s an important issue for me for my family,” Shrum said. “I have a diverse family, so really as a mother of six children — two females, four males, three of which are African American, I really think it’s important not only for people to feel welcome but to feel valued. I think that’s what we want for everyone for anyone at Oklahoma State University.”

With all the new changes being made, OSU is encouraging all students and faculty to send any comments or suggestions by June 15th to deitaskforce@okstate.edu.

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