Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all community members; as well as those visiting our campus. Diversity, equity and inclusion objectives are grounded in the realization that one cannot build a foundation of collaboration while focusing on differences between contributors. Instead, the foundation must be built on the shared aspirations, commitments and surmountable challenges of all. At OU, learning and diversity are inevitably linked by the common pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

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Hello and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and a rejuvenating recess as we look back over last year and look forward to a brighter 2021, I believe we need to ask ourselves this fundamental question: How can I play a part in bringing about a better world, a better community, and a better Oakland University? For me, it starts with a conversation, a courageous conversation, and a willingness to listen. Only by listening, can we begin to understand each other, our similarities and our differences, especially this year. With the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and political divisions pulling into the very fabric of our communities. It requires us to rededicate ourselves to the principles that illuminate our mission and inspire our actions at Oakland University. At Oakland, the DI Council has worked tirelessly to implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at all levels of our organization. From diversity advocates on such committees to holding campus wide common experience events such as unconscious bias trainings. As a university, we reflect our commitment in the high priority we place on making OU a campus that is distinguished by its diversity, its equity, and its inclusivity. As a part of this ongoing commitment, I am very proud to announce the 2021 diversity challenge initiative, a series of virtual experiences and reflective discussions reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion offered by the Office of DEI and CETL. Thank you, Chad Martinez, Judy Ableser, and Mandy Summers. The challenge will be held throughout the winter semester in a synchronous style, meaning you will be able to pick and choose when and how you participate. Each week, there will be a theme with multiple ways to engage in podcasts, videos, and performances. Also even more importantly, you will have a chance to reflect on your experiences. The 2021 diversity challenge gives all of us an opportunity to think, to talk, to listen, and to come one step closer to the university we know we can be. Join me and take the diversity challenge today.


The Diversity Challenge invites the OU campus to a common campus experience centering diverse perspectives and experiences. Over 10 weeks, we will engage in a “weekly challenge,” consisting of virtual experiences and reflective discussions relating to diversity, equity and inclusion over the winter semester. Each week will include a learning experience through live event, video, text, audio, or performance, then reflect on these experiences. Enroll in the Diversity Challenge eSpace to complete challenges, talk with others about these learning experiences, and join live events.