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1965: Diversity and Inclusiveness Leadership: Dr. Manuel H. Pierson

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A founding father of OU diversity efforts, Dr. Manuel H. Pierson begins a 28 year mission to promote diversity and equal opportunity for students, staff, and faculty. During his tenures as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Special Projects, Associate Dean of Student Services, and Assistant Vice President, Dr. Pierson leads many diversity and equal opportunity initiatives, including Upward Bound and Project 20.

Dr. Pierson dies on February 13, 2006. The University holds a memorial on March 16th. His colleagues and friends recall his achievements during the 14th Annual Keeper of the Dream Banquet at OU. Dr Pierson's pioneering spirit lives on in Oakland's continuing mission of diversity and inclusiveness.



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1969: Gender Inequality and Women's Rights at OU

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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 students, 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 its own report. Together, these reports illustrate a history of challenges and successes for women at OU.



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1974: Afro-American Studies Program

OU starts the Afro-American Studies Program, a concentration to "help students see the history, life, and culture of Afro-Americans from the perspectives of several different academic disciplines. In the memo below, Professor De Witt S. Dykes explains that the program, which requires 28 credits, is suitable to a wide range of students. Afro-Americans Studies (later combined with African Studies Program and renamed African and African American Studies) is currently a minor concentration in the International Studies ProgramMemo: Afro American Studies Program. Image: Oakland University Archives

 

1981: Black Profiles Booklet

OU Black Faculty and Staff BookletDean of Students Manuel H. Pierson approves the production of "Oakland University Black Profiles," a booklet of OU African American student leaders, faculty, and staff. Distributed on October 27, 1981, this publication was compiled to facilitate solidarity and academic success within the OU African American student population.

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2004: LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group

Oakland U LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group OU employees establish the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Ally Employee Resource Group (LGBTQIA). The group's mission is to " to foster an inclusive, open campus community, and to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allied people." LGBTQIA notes that its mission also "support[s] the diversity and full inclusion and achievements of [the OU] student body."

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2012: OU Female Engineering Faculty

OU Women Engineering FacultyFor fall 2012, the American Society for Engineering Education ranks Oakland University 4th in the country for percentage of women tenure-track/ tenured faculty in engineering. See "Engineering by the Numbers" (p.30). Image: WISE@OU

 

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