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The National Diversity Recruitment Model

The Vice President has assigned C. Don Bradley to partner with the office of Admissions & Recruitment to create a five-point plan with the goal of increasing OU’s recruitment of students from underrepresented schools. 

Objective One

Work closely with the current National Recruitment Regional Offices. This will include looking into underrepresented schools and cities across the country, collaborating on letters to school counselors, and creating opportunities to visit underrepresented schools recommended by national recruiters. 

Objective Two

Work closely with the National Scholars Programs office to attract a diverse pool of National Merit Scholars. There are plans to attain a list of underrepresented National Merit Semifinalists and work diligently with them to arrange visits. There will be a letter under the joint signature of the Vice President of University Community and Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment to be included in the scholarship packet for underrepresented National Merit Scholars to add a personal touch for these academically elite students. 

Objective Three

Recruitment of non-resident National Achievement & National Hispanic Scholars. The Office of University Community will work closely with the Diversity Enrichment Programs in an effort to continue to attract top non-resident National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars. This will be achieved by collaborating with the Associate Director of DEP and DEP interns on the coordination of letter writing, call campaigns, and arranging campus visits as needed for non-resident National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars. In addition, the Office of University Community will assist with the selection committee for non-resident National Award Scholarships. 

Objective Four

Oversee and collaborate with the Diversity Enrichment Programs and National Recruitment teams in planning and coordinating non-resident receptions. The Office of University Community will also work with the Alumni Association and appropriate members of the Admissions and Recruitment Office in the planning of these receptions. 

Objective Five

A few miscellaneous, more general tasks that the Office of University Community will be undertaking include working with the Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment and other senior staff to create a culture where diversity recruitment is part of the fabric of what the department values and targets. In addition, a main focus of every objective will be to identify means outside of the traditional recruitment strategies to build relationships within communities as well as plan and execute targeted recruitment trips in areas of opportunity.

Contact:
C. Don Bradley, Associate Dean & Special Assistant
(218) 746-2062 | dcdon@ou.edu