Impact – Fall 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to UCO and Welcome to the Fam

Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma, and welcome to the fam! The Office of Diversity and Inclusion advances cultural competence while implementing opportunities for our diverse communities to learn, thrive and succeed.

Highlights inside this issue

Meet the Team

Meet those who make up the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and help make all the goals and objectives of the office a . . .  read more

Letter from the Director

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Greetings University of Central Oklahoma Community,

I am excited to share with you the impactful and invaluable programs and services provided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Women’s Outreach Center is to advance cultural competence while providing opportunities for our diverse communities . . .  read more

Diversity Retention

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The Black Male Initiative (BMI)

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Black Male Initiative is going into its 6th year this academic year. This distinguished program, which began Fall 2014, increases the fall-to-fall retention of black males on campus. For the 2018-2019 cohort, students who participated in the Black Male Initiative were retained . . .  read more

Structure and Measures of Success

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Structure of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is comprised of three functional areas: The Women’s Outreach Center, Diversity Retention, and Diversity Enrichment. Through the efforts of each of these areas the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is able to implement programs and services that directly speak to not only the . . .  read more

Diversity Enrichment

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes an educational environment that recognizes and celebrates the diverse cultures present at the University of Central Oklahoma. One of our fundamental goals is to cultivate opportunities for students to explore their diverse ideologies beyond their cultural norms through campus programs and events. This . . .  read more

Women’s Outreach Center

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The Women’s Outreach Center offers meaningful programing touching upon the experiences of students, faculty, and staff who live as women. From in-depth discussions of literature, to the issues women encounter on a daily basis, the WOC serves to equip and empower women with the knowledge and skills to serve them long after they graduate from UCO. . . .  read more

Diversity Leadership Institute

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The Office of Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) offers participants an opportunity to put theory in practice as they experience the sights and culture of another city through the lens of adult learning theory. This institute is designed so that student participants engage in intentional cultural competence development while providing . . .  read more

From the Student’s Desk

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A Word from Mindy Vo

Being on the Asian American Student Association (AASA) executive board for the second year has been a wild adventure. I was previously the historian for the AASA 2018-19 executive board. This year, I have taken on the role as president, which so far has been a great experience for me. I have learned so much working with . . .  read more