This office promotes an educational environment that recognizes and celebrates the diverse culture of the University of Central Oklahoma. It focuses on researching, designing, and implementing unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, encourage retention and enhance graduation rates of students of color. These programs serve to expand students’ cultural horizons and perspectives while honoring their respective cultural experiences.
The mission of the University of Central Oklahoma Black Student Association (BSA) is to foster a better relationship among students, administration, faculty and staff. It seeks to encourage greater participation on the part of traditionally underrepresented groups in school activities and secure representation in all phases of campus life. Furthermore, the Black Student Association seeks to provide a comfortable atmosphere and serve as a focal point and information center for African-American students on the UCO campus. In order to successfully execute these tasks, the Black Student Association remains focused on the needs and wants of African-American students on the UCO campus.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the University of Central Oklahoma have partnered to create the Black Male Initiative & Fellows Program. This prestigious program will provide relevant and transparent experiences for young, African-American males that will aid in their success academically, professionally and socially at UCO through the development of the 5M areas: messaging, mentoring, ministering, monitoring and money. Participants have the opportunity to attend the Black Male Summit. The goal of the UCO Black Male Summit is to empower and encourage young, African-American Males to pursue a higher education degree, build pipelines between UCO and the OKC/metro community, while addressing the needs of this population through dialogues ranging from race relations, networking, the creation of an internal voice and strategies for personal and professional development.
Miss Black UCO Scholarship pageant is held every year. The winner of this year’s pageant is Cherish Hyatt, a Criminal Justice – Corrections major from Oklahoma City, OK.
The winner of last year’s pageant was Lukeesha Thompson, a Psychology major from Oklahoma City, OK. She was crowned Miss Black Oklahoma 2015 on August 1st. Miss Thompson represented Oklahoma in the Miss Black America Pageant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1906 and was the first fraternity to be founded by Black men. Its mission is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. For more information please contact http://www.alphaphialpha.net/.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded in 1908 and soon became not only the first sorority in America to be founded by Black women, but the first to be incorporated. Inherent in the founding ideals of the sorority, is the goal to improve the quality of life for ourselves, our families, friends and acquaintances while living up to our motto. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated please visit the official website at http://www.aka1908.com/.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in 1911. It was the first men’s Greek Letter fraternity to be founded at a historically black college. Their purpose is to bring about a union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the ambitions of its members, occupy a progressive and constructive place in the political life of the community and nation, foster humanity, freedom and dignity in its individual members and humanity, and to achieve higher economic and intellectual status.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Thrust of:
- Economic Development
- Educational Development
- International Awareness and Involvement
- Physical and Mental Health
- Political Awareness and Involvement
The principal activities and purpose of the trust, are to award scholarship/fellowship grants to worthy students for the pursuit of higher education; to conduct community outreach service programs that will aid in the educational and vocational improvement in individual and community living standards; to engage in events that will aid in the development of women; and to engage in any appropriate research related to the purposes of the Foundation.
Sigma Gamma Rho, was founded on November 12, 1922. The founders were seven young black women at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana . Fostering unity among women, the sorority currently has over 72,000 members found in over 400 chapters in the United States, and the Caribbean . The founders believed that self-respect, knowledge, and discipline gained through study, would help individuals to recognize their duty and responsibility for their society. Wisdom, education, sisterhood, scholarship, and community service bond the sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho.
Kappa Alpha Psi, a college fraternity, was founded on January 5, 1911. The founders were ten African-American male students at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The founders vision was to sow a seed whose fruit is available to college men everywhere regardless of their color, religion or national origin. Their motto is: “Achievement In Every Field of Human Endeavor”. One goal was to expand to other schools to help members attain high intellectual, moral and social worth. The fraternity has over 150,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Japan, United States Virgin Islands, Nigeria and South Africa. Kappa Alpha Psi sponsors programs providing community service, social welfare, and academic scholarship through the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. Their objectives are:
- To unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity
- To encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor
- To promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of its members
- To assist the aims and purposes of colleges and universities
- To inspire service in the public interest
This page is to serve as the official point of contact for African American Alumni from Central State University-OK and the University of Central Oklahoma.
The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
It was incorporated in May 1989 and is a private, not-for-profit business and individual membership organization. Their mission/vision is to promote, educate and serve Black businesses in Central Oklahoma.
The National Associate for the Advancement of Colored People was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. It is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany. It’s headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland and the memberships exceeds 300,000.