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Oklahoma City University is committed to doing the work to create spaces that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and reflect our position of leadership in the community.

Welcome from the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Greetings, Stars!

I am excited to welcome you to Oklahoma City University! Our office's aim is to shed light on a range of topics and experiences that lend to us collectively expanding our perspectives.

On June 1, 2020, I started what I knew would be an exciting and important journey to build a new office and team. While still in these early stages of creation, I am encouraged by the efforts made by so many in our community to use our core values as a foundation for their work, which, of course, includes diversity.

As I wrap-up my first full academic year in this important role and reflect on this semester in particular, I am reminded that our community is undergoing meaningful and positive culture shifts already. For example, many are engaging deeply around bias and how it influences their day-to-day lives; some are intentionally using their privilege to advance change even when it feels difficult; and students are seeking opportunities to learn with the hope of making positive changes in their organizations. Engaging in any efforts that are diversity-, equity-, inclusion-, and justice-related requires unwavering commitment and to those of you already deep in that commitment, I thank you. The work we need and get to do together to create a more inclusive, just, diverse, and equitable community is expansive and you are key to the changes to come. Your openness and commitment are integral to how our university can shine even brighter.

The conversations I’ve had with students, staff, faculty, and alumni have been fruitful in so many ways and I am honored to be learning more about you and our community. The conversations you have with me are enlightening and I appreciate the trust you’ve instilled in me. I invite you to continue to share what your experiences, needs, fears, and hopes! In the meantime, it is my sincerest hope you are taking care of yourself in the best ways possible, learning from each other, and celebrating the good work you are doing on a regular basis.

Writer and activist Audre Lorde says that “when we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid, so it is better to speak.”

Shining Light,

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Talia Carroll, Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our Vision | Our Mission | Our Values | Our Purpose

Our Vision is to create an equitable and just educational community.

Our Mission is to work collaboratively with campus partners, alumni, and friends of Oklahoma City University to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice through policy, education, and strategic initiatives that advance our University’s mission.

Our Values

  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusivity
  • Respect
  • Learning
  • Community
  • Justice

We are here to:

  • Support the entire community’s sense of belonging.
  • Offer learning opportunities through programming, events, and workshops.
  • Create, shape, and implement policy that advances our university and office’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Expand and deepen perspectives about a range of identities and lived experiences.
  • Address any pervasive bias-related incidents and inequities that occur on our campus.
  • Celebrate, fully, the rich and diverse cultures of those who are a member of our community.

Disability & Access Services

Oklahoma City University is dedicated to providing access for students who have documented disabilities and have registered with Campus Disability Services. Reasonable modifications in the classroom, on campus housing, and within our campus library will be provided for students with documented disabilities.

Disability and Access Policy for Students

Students with disabilities who believe they are eligible to receive accommodations may initiate their request filling out the OCU campus disability registration form. Campus Disability & Access Services is here to help provide access for students with disabilities.

Please note that access may not be the same as success and getting a desired grade. We want you to succeed but we cannot make changes in academic expectations or responsibilities strictly to foster your success.

We must focus on issues of access. That is why we look forward to meeting and speaking with you at length about your past experience in educational settings.

For further information, please visit the section for Disability & Access Services.

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Who we are
  • Talia Carroll, Ph.D.

    Talia Carroll, Ph.D.

    Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Kara Morrow, MFT

    Kara Morrow, MFT

    Assistant Director for Disability & Access Services

  • Abbykate Waugh

    Abbykate Waugh

    Senior Administrative Assistant

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