Diversity at Northwestern
Service Area Diversity Facts
Diversity is respected at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and individual differences are embraced as learning opportunities for members of the campus community. Northwestern recognizes that a dynamic diversity program is an essential dimension of any academic institution. As the world continues to change, and technology creates global economic opportunities regardless of geographic location, it is necessary that we prepare students to meet those evolving demands.
The population composition of Northwestern’s service area creates challenging experiences for both faculty and students. As such, the diversity program at Northwestern, led by qualified faculty and staff, annually assesses and evaluates the ever-changing student and campus community needs regarding diversity and plans diversity awareness, engagement, and training opportunities to meet those needs.
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Click on the State of Oklahoma image above to open links to the U.S. Census Bureau's Quick Facts for each county in Northwestern's service area.
Service Area Demographic Analysis
Northwestern’s service area counties had a total population in 2016 of 184,377 people.
The sub-group population composition is as follows:
89.64% of this population is White and 14.35% are Hispanic. The remaining 7.07% are comprised of Native American, Asian, and Black population members. The county with the largest American-Indian population is Kay County with a 10.6% Native American population. Texas County has the highest percentage of Hispanics with 45.4% of the total population, and Garfield County has the highest number of Hispanics and Blacks in the service area counties. Major County has the largest percentage of individuals without a bachelor's degree.
The MHI for the state of Oklahoma is $48,038, and Northwest Oklahoma exhibits an MHI of $50,746.
16% of the population of Oklahoma is at or below the federal poverty line. In Northwest Oklahoma, the percent of individuals living at or below the poverty line is 13.7%.
We recognize that the English Language Learner population is growing in the northwest region of the state, and we also know that the first generation college attendee population is rapidly growing. As Northwestern designs recruitment, retention, and advisement programming, we are attentive to the unique needs of these students.
(U. S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts)
Significant Service Area Demographics
- Under Age 18 = 24.6%
- Over Age 65 = 18.1%
- White = 89.64%
- Black = 2.01%
- American-Indian = 3.76%
- Asian = 0.75%
- Hispanic = 14.35%*
- Foreign Born = 7.3%
- Non-English Speaker = 10.8%
- Dependency Ratio = 1:1.5
- Gender = Female 48.92%
- Individuals with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher = 21.62%
- Individuals without Health Insurance = 16.89%
- Individuals under Age 65 with a Disability = 11.6%
*Explanatory Note: Hispanics may be of any race, and the population totals among minority groups may not total 100 percent.
(U. S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts)
Dr. Kay Decker
Social Sciences Department Chair
Professor of Sociology
Jesse Dunn 311B
FAX (580) 327-8112
Northwestern values the differences of every individual and promotes the expression of differing opinions and beliefs; appreciates the culture and backgrounds of each person; and treats every person with respect. The Northwestern community considers diversity an indispensable component of academic and personal excellence, and embraces the concept that a diverse learning environment fosters a rich civic learning and engagement process that prepares us to live in an increasingly globalized and complex world.
The Northwestern community practices the values of inclusivity, informed and respectful dialogue, collegiality and acceptance of difference. We encourage the development of a civil community that values critical inquiry, discovery, innovation, integrity and personal dignity. It is our goal to appreciate and consider individual feelings and circumstances as we cultivate an atmosphere of civility and trust within the learning environment and the broader communities in which we serve.