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Oklahoma State University grants $3.4 million to Increase Minority Participation

Administrator and four-year Associate Vice President for International Diversity at Oklahoma State University Jason F. Kirksey has been awarded a five-year grant of $3.4 million from the National Science Foundation in efforts to increase the amount of minority student involvement in higher education.

While serving as Associate Vice President for International Diversity at OSU, Kirksey has implemented a number of innovative programs and has made important strides in the university’s diversity efforts.

Kirksey is the principal investigator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and will utilize the money for a program that aims to increase minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a group of 11 universities across the state that the grant will help, providing undergraduate minority students with more opportunities to engage in research with mentors and prepare for graduate school.

Former OSU President Burns Hargis said that, “For more than a century, Oklahoma State University has placed great value on the differences and varied talents of its people. Jason is the right person to help empower all of us at OSU to think and act in ways that will embrace and promote a more inclusive world.”

In hopes of continuing to increase minority enrollment, Kirksey and OSU look forward to attracting and seeing more minorities move to Oklahoma City in order to attend their school and diversify the campus.

Kirksey has a Bachelors in both Political Science and Economics from OSU and a Masters in Political Science also from OSU. In 1997, Kirksey earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and specializes in the area of minority politics, race, voting and elections, and public policy.

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