The Athletics Diversity Council (ADC) Graduate Assistantship program aims to provide underrepresented, talented, and diverse candidates a comprehensive experience in the field of intercollegiate athletics.
The program exists to promote initiatives that educate, cultivate, and prepare tomorrow's leaders in the field of intercollegiate athletics while also embracing principles of diversity and inclusion. The ADC Graduate Assistantship will be awarded to qualified graduate student(s) who are admitted into the University of Oklahoma graduate studies program. Candidates must possess an interest in furthering their education, demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in intercollegiate athletics administration.
The Assistantship is a two-year program (four semesters) beginning in August of each academic year. Participants complete rotations depending on their area(s) of interest and department availability. This model enables the graduate assistant to gain invaluable experience in intercollegiate athletics administration. In addition, it presents an underrepresented candidate with valuable work experience and fosters a more diverse working environment in the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department.
The Assistantship covers all credit hours taken each semester towards a master’s degree of the Graduate Assistant’s choice. The Assistantship additionally provides a monthly stipend and health insurance. The Assistant will be responsible for paying all fees related to enrollment, including but not limited to, semester fees, books, room and board, parking and health insurance. Summer employment is separate from the ADC Graduate Assistantship and is not guaranteed. The ADC graduate assistant is responsible for contacting the department head of the desired area of summer employment to determine availability. Summer employment is available on an as needed basis through each individual department and is not guaranteed through the ADC Graduate Assistantship Program.
The University of Oklahoma is a Division I institution and is a member of the Big 12 Conference. There are approximately 550 student-athletes in 23 intercollegiate athletic programs. The mission of the Oklahoma Athletics Department is to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow by providing an excellent environment to enable student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.