Oakland University's strategies and programs to increase minority representation among students and faculty, relations with white students and race relations on campus, African American student organizations, African American politics,... Selected sources
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Chancellor Varner Papers:
- Folder “Council for black concerns”. Includes a report by the Dean of Student special services, denouncing racism on campus (1971). Also statistics on race for faculty, staff and students.
- Folder “Black faculty”: booklet on black people at OU, with photos and bios.
- Folder “Council on prejudice and discrimination”: Comments on the OPAR project to measure institutional racism at OU (1971).
- Folder “Education reform”: Article on OU’s effort to have 15% black students to reflect local population.
- Folder “Evening college study committee”: to draw students from Detroit.
- Minorities. black protest; Attempts to prepare affirmative action plan met with resistance to a questionnaire deemed To be an invasion of privacy; First black studies class (1969). 1971: 12 black students graduated, the result of "project 20", aimed a disadvantaged kids.
- 1982 report on need for minority outreach. Black students demonstrated for establishment of an office of minority affairs (1992).
- Folder “Operation graduation”: Administration’s meeting with The Association of Black Students in 1990 to discuss reform for minorities.
- Folder “Prep school”: For inner city high school dropouts (1972). First class graduated in 1973.
- Project Upward Bound, 1967. A federally funded program to give education to poor black students from Pontiac and other towns.
- Folder “Public Safety”: Thefts up at OU (article, 1970): students report blacks afraid at a white campus where some students carry guns.
- Folder “Racial problems, ad hoc faculty committee”: 1988.
- Folder “Student organizations at OU 1959-1980”:A detailed report includes the history of SDS and minority organizations.
- Folder “Urban affairs”: A black woman was appointed director of the program in 1973 with the view to connect out to needs in the community
O’Dowd Papers (Provost):
- Box 1, Folder “Administrative group meeting minutes”: Discussions and decisions made by the administrators of OU. For example, at the meeting of August 15, 1966 they expressed concern for the lack of black students. The same concern was expressed in other documents (Folder admissions 1968)
- Box 2, Folder black students association.
- Box 5, Folder “Continuing education 1969”: Project Pontiac with disadvantaged black male students.
- Box 6, Folder “Dean of Students, 1967 June”: Special program for African American students in 1967- to recruit more (full report).
- Box 6, Folder “Dean of Students, 1968”: Dutton letter to Varner about the need to focus on Black recruitment in Pontiac.
- Box 6, Folders “Dean of Students -- Associate Dean of Students and Director of Special Projects -- Manuel H. Pierson -- Upward Bound”
- Box 16, Folders “Project Hope” and “Project 20”
- Box 16, Project 20 -- 1968-1969
- Box 20, Folders “Urban Affairs Center”
Records of the School of Education, Short Term Teacher Training Program:
- Box 5, Folder “Detroit Teacher Internship Program”
- Box 15, Folder “Pontiac Community Projects”
- Box 17, Folder “Student - Disadvantaged Students” and Folder “Student - Special Projects (Upward Bound)”
A tripartite Short Term Teacher Training Program involving the Michigan Department of Public Instruction, Certification Division, the School District of the city of Pontiac and the School of Education, Oakland University in a training, evaluation and research program for the development of competency standards for teachers of the disadvantaged and for the licensing of teachers in Michigan (late 1960s-early 1970s).Papers of Manuel Pierson
- Files from the Office of Student Affairs and Student Services, documenting minority programs at Oakland in the 1960s to 1980s, such as Project Upward Bound. Pierson was Dean of Student Services and assistant Vice-President for 28 year.