Like its peers, Oakland University has struggled with gender inequality. During the last half-century, the University has produced numerous reports that analyze pay and promotion gaps between male and female faculty and staff. These reports also describe differential achievement levels and opportunities between male and female students.
In 1969, the Women Right's Committee produced "On Encouraging Sexual Equality at Oakland University," a five page document that recommended programmatic and structural changes that would facilitate a more welcoming environment for female student, staff, and faculty. In 1971, the Oakland chapter of the American Association of University Professors produced "Report of the Status of Women at Oakland". This report was updated in 1978. In 1993, the Task Force on the Status of Women at Oakland University issued it's own report. Together, these reports illustrate a history of challenges and successes for women at OU.
The Black Liberation Caucus is dedicated to the liberation of black people and is guided by the principles of black revolutionary nationalism and pan-Africanism. We are committed to a struggle against racism, capitalism, and imperialism both in the U.S. and internationally, especially on the African continent.According to a James D. Graham essay, "The Revolution Was Not Televised: Perspectives from the Banks of Beer Lake, 1969-1975," by 1974 BLC morphed into the "more inclusive" student organization: Association of Black Students. However, Oakland University Archive documents (an October 23, 1969 article about ABS information day event for prospective students and a photo of the ABS from the 1969 OU yearbook Ascendent 69) indicate that ABS had been in existence since 1969. Most likely ABS regained its position as the official voice of OU African American students during this period.