Diverse Student Scholars (DSS) is a robust, predominantly undergraduate interdisciplinary research program established in the fall of 2007 by Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims. The effort reflects her personal contribution to higher education and her passion for research. Consistent with Dr. Sims’ academic appointments and with the institutional emphasis on transformative learning, Diverse Student Scholars resided in the marketing department of the College of Business alongside Dr. Sims' faculty appointment and is now housed in the Jackson College of Graduate Studies in conjunction with Dr. Sims' administrative role at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Diverse Student Scholars has a three-fold mission which is:
1. to engage students in the research pipeline process of scholarly inquiry,
2. to develop and enhance students’ cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills related to research and professional career preparation, and
3. to cultivate students’ abilities at interacting and working with people from different identities.