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Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, vice president for institutional diversity and the chief diversity officer at Oklahoma State University.

Kirksey honored with Inclusive Excellence Leadership Award by national conference

Thursday, August 5, 2021

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Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, vice president for institutional diversity and the chief diversity officer at Oklahoma State University, was honored Thursday at the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Conference hosted by Diversity and HR Solutions.

Kirksey received the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Award during a virtual luncheon ceremony.

OSU President Kayse Shrum said Kirksey’s most recent recognition is just another example of his impactful leadership on campus. 

“Dr. Kirksey has greatly advanced Oklahoma State’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus and our campus community is all the better for it,” she said. “We congratulate him on his latest award and for all the hard work and dedication he exhibits every day in such a vital role.” 

The annual conference is a premiere event focused on diversity, inclusion and talent management which affords individuals, HR professionals and organizations the opportunity to research necessary tools to build diverse workforces.

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Award is given to someone who has four qualities defined by the conference’s criteria.

  • Effectively leads from their current position by consistently demonstrating innovative, future-forward, visionary thinking
  • Rallies, engages, and inspires others around imagining and investing in future state possibilities
  • Leads by example demonstrating a commitment to bold exploration, risk-taking, and learning from both failure and success
  • Holds themselves and others accountable and challenges others to continually work toward making a difference in the work/life experiences of present and future generations

Kirksey said he is humbled to receive the national award.

“The opportunity to serve on an incredible team within the Division of Institutional Diversity and work with exceptional colleagues across OSU and around the nation is certainly an honor,” Kirksey said. “It is humbling to again be recognized with a national award for engaging in meaningful and transformative diversity and inclusion work. 

“I am proud to be able to play a role in the university’s unwavering commitment to sustaining and enriching our culture of inclusion.”

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