Dorion Billups is the Director of Diversity Enrichment Programs for the Office of Admissions & Recruitment at the University of Oklahoma. Dorion leads a team of people dedicated wholly to diversity in its many beautiful forms. The purpose of Diversity Enrichment Programs is to identify, recruit, and guide prospective first-generation, and/or African-American, Latino/a/x, and Native American students, who meet or exceed admission requirements, through the admissions process by developing and utilizing an extensive network of professional educators, community organizations, alumni, and friends of OU. DEP partners with our Oklahoma and National Recruitment teams, as well as other campus partners who will connect with students and make them feel like part of the OU family, so they will feel confident in their support system helping them succeed at OU.
Dorion graduated with a degree in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2015. While in his program, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Graduation Office, focusing on first-year experience and advising the Class Councils.
Dorion received his bachelor of arts degree in May of 2013 in Journalism from Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at OU. While a student at OU, he was involved in the Gaylord College Ambassadors, he managed the volleyball team all four years, and became involved in studying abroad through the British Media Tour at Gaylord.
Starting in April of 2015, Dorion went back to Gaylord to serve as the coordinator of community inclusivity. He focused on improving enrollment through recruitment. He worked with faculty and staff to create a better sense inclusion between the student body as well between the students and faculty and staff. Dorion worked with the student leadership organization in Gaylord, the Gaylord Ambassadors. The ambassadors provided tours of Gaylord, hosted families, faculty, and special guests of the college while creating events and initiatives for the student body. He also helped lead the study abroad class in the U.K. every summer.
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