Assistance Available for Students with Disabilities

Students that need accommodations, due to a disability should be directed to UCO Disability Support Services (DSS) to request accommodations.

Once an instructor receives an accommodation letter, DSS encourages them to have a discussion with the student about the available accommodations for them in class. Additionally, since students register each semester, instructors are reminded to check the semester listing on any accommodation letters received to ensure they are for the fall 2022 . . .  read more

Why We Observe Juneteenth | Events & Commemorations

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What is Juneteenth and Why Do We Observe It

Our University community takes this time to remember the ancestral heritage of Black/African American people who were forced from their homeland and became enslaved people in a world unknown to them. June 19, 2022, is the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth. Originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, . . .  read more

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

Native American statue

As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, I want to share the following resources with the campus community. Let’s learn the different ways we can decolonize our institutions and communities.

Why Aren’t There More Native American Restaurants

When you think of North American cuisine, do Indigenous foods come to mind? Chef Sean Sherman serves up an essential history lesson that explains the absence of Native American culinary traditions across the continent.

The Intergenerational Wisdom Woven Into Indigenous Stories

The way we behave politically, socially, economically and ecologically isn’t working, says community organizer and activist Tai Simpson. Sharing the creation myth of her Nez Perce tribe, she advocates for a return to the “old ways” guided by Indigenous wisdom that emphasize balance, community and the importance of intergenerational storytelling in order to protect what’s sacred.

UCO Land Acknowledgement Website
This site contains resources and information to advance your understanding of Native cultures and how we can prevent their erasure.

What is Equity Mindedness?

A primary function of the Office of Inclusive Community is to promote the use of equity-mindedness throughout all facets of higher education and workplace policies, practices, procedures, curriculum, norms, etc. We want all of our faculty and staff to view their work through an equity-mindset in order to advance diversity and inclusion. So what is . . .  read more

March 18, 2021 – Remembering and Reflecting on the Tulsa Race Massacre

Black and White Picture of Former Black Wall Street

Guest Speaker: Dene Roseburr-Olotu, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Date: March 18, 2021 | Time: 2-3 p.m.
Zoom ID: 985 5957 2092 | Passcode: 013615
Zoom Link:

Please register in the Learning Center and complete a critical reflection within a week following the event if you wish to receive credit for the Continuous Cultural Competence initiative.

According to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, after World War I, Tulsa, Oklahoma – more specifically Greenwood, Tulsa – became nationally recognized for its thriving and affluent African American community (Greenwood). This prosperous community, including extremely successful business districts and residential areas, were known as Black Wall Street. However, on May 31, 1921 everything changed. The University of Central Oklahoma will commemorate the 100th year anniversary of what has become known as the Tulsa Race Massacre Monday, March 29th – Friday, April 2nd. In this session, as a lead up to the university’s commemoration week, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will explore the historical context of this event in greater detail.

Feb. 4, 2021 – Career Paths at UCO

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Join the UCO Young Professionals as guest speaker David Herd, Director of Talent Acquisition and Compensation, talks through ways you can work with your supervisor to cross train, how development plans work, how you can review benchmark positions to get an idea of skills required for certain positions, and other tips for building your career.

Date: February 4, 2021
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Please email Jakey Dobbs ( for the Zoom link and passcode