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Students walk past the Bizzell Memorial Library on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. OU announced the hiring of Belinda Higgs Hyppolite as the vice president of diversity and inclusion. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World file

The University of Oklahoma announced a new hire on Friday to help bolster the school’s promise to ensure a more diverse and inclusive campus.

In a news release on Friday afternoon, OU announced the hiring of Belinda Higgs Hyppolite as the vice president of diversity and inclusion, pending approval from the OU Board of Regents.

Hyppolite currently serves as assistant vice president for student development and enrollment services at the University of Central Florida and will start at OU in January 2020.

“Creating and sustaining a culture of inclusivity and equity at OU strikes at the very core of our humanity and is central to the continuation of our democracy,” said OU Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. “Dr. Hyppolite’s extensive experience in diversity and inclusion work positions us to build upon OU’s great momentum and the progress we have enjoyed the past several months.”

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