Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI)

Mission

The Mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to engage, empower, and educate students, faculty, and staff to build a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus environment for all members of the Texas Southern University community. The Center develops programming and trainings, facilitates mentoring opportunities, and engages in outreach and advocacy efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. 

Vision

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will lead the university in realizing its potential to become an ever-more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus by empowering the campus community with a shared vision, understanding, and acceptance of responsibility for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The office will lead efforts to leverage the diversity of the University to promote cultural competence as a fundamental skill of Texas Southern University students, faculty, staff and the institutionalization of diversity and inclusion as transformative forces that enhance academic excellence.

Principles

Engage: Engages constituents by providing intercultural dialogues, university programs partnerships, and highlighting organizations and services that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Empower: Empowers students to celebrate their cultural heritage and others by offering transformative diverse campus programming and by providing leadership experiences that maximize their potential. The office is an avenue for developing students’ sense of belonging.

Educate: Educates the Texas Southern University campus by offering meaningful educational programs, lecture series, and workshops that advance diversity education and cultural competence. The office also serves as a change agent in fostering and inclusive environment.