Diversity & Inclusion
Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and OU Physicians is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and fairness in all forms through embracing and utilizing the unique and various backgrounds of our community. OU-Tulsa and OU Physicians recognize that fostering an inclusive environment enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and exclusion based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs or status as a veteran.
Message from the President
We appreciate your interest in how our campus cultivates a welcoming and just environment. One of my key strategic goals is to develop a full complement of diversity programs and services to maintain a community that models inclusive excellence. As the city of Tulsa expands its efforts for an equitable future for all its citizens, we strive to be representative of what can happen when diversity and inclusion is not only a pillar of an institution, but a priority.
Placing diversity and inclusion as a top priority starts with me, but it is only with the help of all our staff, faculty, students, and alumni that we will achieve our diversity goals. Each one of us has the potential to change our city, our state, and our world. We are more likely to reach that potential by creating an inclusive campus culture and celebrating the various backgrounds of the entire OU community.
John Henning Schumann, M.D.
Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion
- Stereotypes and discrimination threaten the performance of students, faculty, and staff. Mitigating those threats improve quality of work and education.
- When individuals are exposed to minority viewpoints, they tend to be better decision makers.
- Curriculum that exposes students to knowledge about race and ethnicity increases active thinking and intellectual engagement.
- Faculty members who are women play important roles in the success of graduate students who are women. (Hornig, 2003)
- Employees that feel included and supported are more innovative, responsive, and collaborative. (Mosaic)
For more information about the business case for Diversity and Inclusion, visit MOSAIC’s website. Mosaic is the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s diversity business council. The primary focus of Mosaic is to create awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate in our region.
- Club Scrubs and Mash Camp
The School of Community Medicine offers two programs for high school students interested in exploring health careers. For more information, visit the School of Community Medicine.
- Equity Coalition
To encourage participation in the diversity efforts of OU-Tulsa, the Equity Coalition was created. The Equity Coalition is an active group of faculty, staff, and students who meet monthly to enhance understanding and inclusivity through educational lunches and small group discussions.
- Ally Trainings
Through the Gender + Equality Center in Norman, we offer Ally trainings for faculty, staff, and students surrounding best practices for LGBTQ individuals. For more information, visit The Gender + Equality Center.
Bias Reporting Hotline
At OU-Tulsa, we value having an inclusive culture and recognize that an inclusive culture is not possible without a means to report bias related incidents on our campuses. If you have been a victim of a bias related incident, you can report the information using the OU Reporting Hotline. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day to document reports of discrimination or harassment conducted by members of the OU Community.
To make a report through a dedicated phone line, please call 844-428-6531.
To make a report through an online form, please CLICK HERE.