"At Oakland University, action defines our unwavering commitment to diversity. We accept and support our differences and commonalities, whether in race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status or veteran status, class, geography, language, socioeconomic status, or other aspects of the human condition.
Equity here is based in fairness and providing opportunities and access to all. Mutual respect and goodwill confirm and inform our community and are key to our belief in and understanding of the contributions every member has to make in decision-making processes.
Here inclusion means promoting and sustaining a sense of belonging through our recognition of the inherent worth and dignity of all members of the community."
The guiding principles cited above, crafted and formally adopted by the Oakland University Council on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, will serve to enhance the quality and breadth of academic, professional and social activities on campus. They will help to enrich the experiences of all who become part of the campus community or who are welcomed as our guests.
Creating and maintaining the most supportive environment we can provide requires wide-reaching and ongoing effort on the part of all within the community. I thank you for coming to this site to learn more about our core values, current initiatives and opportunities for growth in diversity, equity and inclusion planning.
At left, you'll find links to useful information that I hope will both inform and inspire you. As you navigate the site, please remember that you are invited to get involved in efforts to expand and improve the diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes we've targeted. The most important insight we have to consider may be yours, and I hope you'll feel welcome to share it with us.
Betty J. Youngblood, Ph.D.