Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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

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

Diversity Initiatives

African-American History Month at Oakland University reflects OU’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future.

Diverse Voices

Started in 2002, the annual Diverse Voices Conference provides participants with a unique opportunity to engage in an open dialogue about all aspects of human diversity. The Oakland University event is free and open to the public and provides attendees with a unique opportunity to engage in an open dialogue about all aspects of human diversity. The forum moves diversity education outside of the classroom and into a forum-like setting on campus in order to expand discussion on a variety of diversity focused topics with OU students, administrators, faculty, staff and community members. For information on Diverse Voices, please contact Chaunda Scott, Ed.D. at

The Phyllis Law Googasian Award honors and recognizes women who have contributed to the advancement of women at Oakland University and beyond through distinguished leadership, scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, program development or other activities.
Hispanic Celebration Month at Oakland University aligns with a national recognition of the culture, contributions and heritage of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The International Students and Scholars Office provides cross cultural programs such as the International Welcome Reception to celebrate Oakland University’s diverse population and to provide all members of the university community opportunities to learn about the different cultures here on campus.

Keeper of the Dream

The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and awards up to six scholarships to students that best demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities through their involvement on campus and in the community.
The Presidential Diversity Award recognizes a faculty member who promotes diversity inclusion on campus through a $500 gift and acknowledgement at a Board of Trustees meeting.
Pride WeekPride week is held every April and is open to all students, staff and faculty. Pride Week is hosted to celebrate OU’s diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity with events that raise awareness, promote education, and foster a sense of community.
The Michigan SOGI Education Conference, sponsored by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Initiative of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, seeks to create more supportive and inclusive educational environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex people.

OUWLI helps to promote a community of individuals committed to creating unique, research-based leadership learning experiences for women. Programming is designed to create meaningful opportunities for discussion, collaboration and problem-solving for issues that face professional women in the workplace. Experiences include opportunities for personal and professional growth for women who want to be challenged, expand their leadership potential, be energized by professional insights, and learn about scholarship and best practices.