Diversity at OU: 2000s


2003: SAFE Program for OU LGBTQIA Community

S.A.F.E. rainbow iconS.A.F.E. (Students, Administration, and Faculty for Equality) is established.  According to the October 23, 2003 campus news release, SAFE is "a new organization committed to providing an open and supportive environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campus community. Program participants, or "allies," are available for assistance and also help challenge homophobia, heterosexism and other forms of discrimination".

Image: SAFE

2004: LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group

LGBTQIAOU 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."

Image: LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group

2006: Asian-American Celebration

collage of diversityproject033, 041, 042, and 043From January  30 to February  3, OU holds its first  Asian-American Celebration  to recognize the uniqueness of cultures that "fall within the boundaries of Asia," including Russia, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.

Image: Oakland University Archives

2006: Native American Student Association

Native American Student AssociationThe OU Native American Student Association is founded to "increase awareness on campus about the culture and heritage of Native Americans".  For more recent information, see Student Aspires to Work for Native American Rights.

Image: Student Aspires to Work for Native American Rights

Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.