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1959: First OU "For Credit" Classes

diversityproject_021First "for credit" classes begin on September 21 with 570 students (1). Race and gender statistics are unavailable for this group.

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1. In July 1958, OU offers non-credit continuous education class in a converted chicken coop. See OU Firsts

 

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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. Sykes explains that 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.

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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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1990: Mission: Unity

Mission: Unity, consisting of students, staff, and alumni, was formed to discuss racial issues. Marc Allen Payne, a senior, was its founding president. The organization was later renamed Cross-roads. (11 July 1990 Board of Trustees minutes).

 

2004: LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group

Oakland U LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group OU employees establish 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 FacultyOU ranks 4th in the country for percentage of women tenure-track/ tenured faculty in engineering. See American for Society of Engineering Education "Engineering by the Numbers" (p.30).

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