Fans and alumni of Oklahoma State University have long been blessed with one of the nation's most well-rounded athletic departments. From bowl games in the fall and Final Fours in March, to the College World Series in June, the cheering, and winning, never stops in Stillwater.

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OSU continued experiencing a significant and sustained transformation in its commitment to diversity and inclusion during the 2016-2017 academic year. This year the enrollment and graduation numbers for students of color reached an all-time high. The fall 2016 undergraduate enrollment was over 5,800 students of color and accounted for approximately 28 percent of all undergraduates, and represented an increase of 96 percent since fall 2009. OSU also experienced significant growth among graduate students of color.

Most notably, the graduation rate for students of color continued to increase at all degree levels. Between the graduating class of May 2010 and May 2016, students of color earning a bachelor’s degree increased 54 percent overall, including a 141 percent increase among Latinos. A similar increase occurred at the graduate level with students of color experiencing a 43 percent increase in earned master’s degrees and a 118 percent increase at the Ph.D. level. Additionally, since 2009, OSU experienced a 40 percent increase in the number of faculty of color.

OSU continues to be the most successful University system nationally for American Indians earning a college degree. More Native Americans earn degrees from OSU than any other institution in the nation.

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The University strengthened its reputation as a national leader in the realm of diversity and inclusion by earning several nationally prominent awards. OSU is one of 18 schools nationally to become a five-year recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. The University’s ranking among the Top 100 Degree Producers compiled by Diverse Issues in Higher Education for underrepresented minority graduates further highlights OSU’s national prestige. Additionally, OSU received the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s 2016 Mosaic Five-Star Top Inclusive Workplace Award.

The Division of Institutional Diversity Capital Campaign stands at $3.7 million, and has yielded 32 new endowed scholarships. Your generous investment provides a legacy that transforms the lives of OSU students. Your support enables us to enrich and fortify a University system that recognizes, celebrates, and values diversity and inclusion to ensure a brighter future for all.

Learn more about OSU’s diversity and inclusion efforts at diversity.okstate.edu.


Areas of Impact

By supporting Institutional Diversity efforts of the university, you are helping shape the future for Oklahoma State students and faculty.

  1. Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Fund 20-89900
  2. RISE Fund - Retention Initiative for Student Excellence 20-03050
  3. Williams Foundation Inclusion Leadership Program 20-02550

Awards & Recognition

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  1. 2017 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award
  2. 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
  3. 2016 OSU Diversity Hall of Fame
  4. 2016 Minority Access, Inc. Institution Committed to Diversity Award
  5. 2016 Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council Corporation of the Year Award

Meet the Vice President

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Dr. Jason Kirksey, Vice President of Institutional Diversity

Dr. Jason F. Kirksey holds a BA in both Political Science and Economics (1989) and an MA in Political Science (1991) from Oklahoma State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans in 1997. He is also a 2014 graduate of Class XXVII of Leadership Oklahoma.

Dr. Kirksey has more than 20 years of experience teaching, researching, and studying issues related to diversity and inclusion. His areas of expertise include minority politics, race and sports, and public policy, with emphasis on African Americans, Native Americans, and women in the American political system. Dr. Kirksey’s published research has appeared in the National Political Science Review, Women and Politics, the Voting Rights Review, Focus on Law Review, and Oklahoma Politics. In addition to his published articles, Dr. Kirksey has written several book chapters, focused primarily on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Additionally, he has served as an expert witness in federal and state voting rights litigation.

Currently, Dr. Kirksey is the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the Chief Diversity Officer at Oklahoma State University. He also holds the rank of Associate Professor of Political Science at OSU. Dr. Kirksey serves as the principal investigator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, a $3.4M, five-year National Science Foundation grant designed to increase underrepresented minority science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates at eleven higher educational institutions across the state of Oklahoma. He is the President of the Big 12 Chief Diversity Officers Consortium, President of the Oklahoma Diversity Officers and Practitioners Consortium, and an officer on the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Chapter Council of Representatives. Dr. Kirksey serves on several diversity-related boards and councils and has given countless presentations and workshops on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Previously, Dr. Kirksey served as the Director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies (2007-2011), President of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (2002), and as the Hannah D. Atkins Endowed Chair for Political Science and Government Information (1995-2010).

Dr. Kirksey is a native of Denver, Colorado. He and his wife Kim have 2 children, Kaitlyn and Garrett.


For more information about giving opportunities for Institutional Diversity, contact Jeromie Tucker.