Statement from the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Denouncing Racism and Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The City of Norman stands firm to denounce the violence and racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community we are seeing happen and grow across our country. 

The City of Norman is clear on its commitment to ensuring all our citizens - of every race, background, creed, and identity are safe and feel safe. We understand being, and feeling are two distinct challenges we must work towards. It is through actionable and collaborative approaches which we will continue to advance inclusion and equity. With this goal in mind, the Norman Police Department recently held an event in partnership with the Share & Grow Association to promote constructive dialogue regarding public safety, specific to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community. The event produced a powerful conversation between key leaders, including Mayor Breea Clark, OU Police Department, Asia Society of Oklahoma, Chinese Association of Greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Chinese Community, University of Oklahoma Professor Joseph Thai, and the City of Norman’s Chief Diversity & Equity Office. 

The City also plans to conduct listening sessions and provide resources informing on the critical importance of being an ally and its impact to all marginalized communities. Until then, be assured the City of Norman and the Norman Police Department is interested in hearing from anyone who experiences any type of crime or discrimination. Our resident’s safety is our top concern. 

Civil rights complaints can be reported to the Norman Human Rights Commission, which is made up of fellow Norman residents, by sending this form to [email protected] Diversity and equity concerns related to the Norman Police Department can be sent to the NPD Diversity and Equity Committee at [email protected] or by completing this online form. To report a crime, contact the Norman Police Department at 405-321-1444 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergency situations. 

We are proud of the responsive and caring community Norman is. We are committed to working together to build an even stronger community through greater inclusion and understanding.  

-A message from the office of Cinthya Allen, City of Norman Chief Diversity and Equity Officer.