Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Vandenberg Hall, Room 120
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4200
2017-18 Diversity Lunch and Learn Series four students sitting on a bench in front of a brick wall

Lunch and Learns

Oakland University (OU) was founded as a place where the “aspiring can rise.” Matilda Wilson started Oakland University on the ideals that it could be a place where diverse individuals strive to positively impact and connect with the society that surrounds them.

The OU Division of Student Affairs and Diversity takes this foundational belief and enhances it with the Nguni Bantu concept of Ubuntu. This humanistic philosophy connects each person on campus with the concept that “I am who I am because of who we all are.” Ubuntu claims that inclusion is not something to be ‘achieved’…it simply is the ‘way.’ The Ubuntu idea of inclusion is the center of our values.

In order to grow this belief and continue conversations on how we all can best thrive together on campus, OU will be offering a 2017–18 series of sessions for faculty and staff. These Ubuntu Lunch and Learn meetings will expand on topics presented at Oakland’s yearly diversity, equity and inclusion conference.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
Cross-Cultural Contributions
World Matters:  Immigration, expatriates, experiential studies and travel abroad
Panel discussion facilitated by Dave Archbold, director of the Department of International Students and Scholars.

Monday, November 13, 2017
11 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
Race and Ethnicity—Evolution of Racism
What role can we play in our classrooms, research and community to promote social justice?
Facilitated by De Witt S. Dykes, OU associate professor of history and Peter Hammer of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

Friday, December 8, 2017
11 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
Inclusion on the campus—students with intellectual disabilities.
How can Oakland re-establish a role in inclusion of all students?
Facilitated by Janice Fialka-Feldman, LMSW, ACSW a nationally-recognized lecturer, author, and advocate on issues related to disability and inclusion.

January
Date and time TBD
Martin Luther King: 50 years out: What of beloved community?
King’s message of radical revolution in values against racism, materialism and militarism. What do these ideas mean at OU?

February
Date and time TBD
The experiences of women at OU
Women in leadership for a more inclusive community.

March
Date and time TBD
What’s in a pronoun? Identity and self determination.
A look at the work of OU’s Women and Gender Studies.

April
Date and time TBD
Impact of Social Economic Status — New directions and practical actions
Remembering challenge of Dr. King 50th Anniversary of his murder, of Poor People’s Campaign, what new practices can OU implement?

For more information on the Ubuntu Lunch and Learns, please contact diversity@oakland.edu.