Condemning Hate, Bias and Discrimination: A Statement from the UCO Inclusive Community Response Team

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Dear Campus Community, We are aware of the reports of the assault of a local man and the alleged use of homophobic slurs by the suspects. One of those arrested in conjunction with the incident is a UCO student who was last enrolled in spring 2020. The incident has been referred to our Office of Student Conduct for further investigation. Our thoughts are also with the survivor of the incident as he recovers. As authorities continue to investigate the incident, we want to share that we condemn in the strongest terms expressions of hate, bias and discrimination. Crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community have too often been ignored and that justice has not always been served when the victims of crimes have been members of marginalized or disenfranchised communities. We reaffirm our commitment to fostering inclusiveness at the university and in the communities we serve. We aim to ensure that all members of our community, including those who historically have not enjoyed the full and equitable protection of the law, have recourse against violence and injustice. Below is a list of university and community resources to learn more:

University Resources

Women’s Research Center / BGLTQ+ Student Center Contact: Lindsey Churchill, Ph.D., 405-974-2221 Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE)
Contact: David Macey, Ph.D., 405-974-5605 Office of Inclusive Community
Contact: MeShawn Green, 405-974-5907 Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Contact: Dene Roseburr-Olotu, 405-974-3588 Center for Counseling and Well-Being
Contact: Email or 405-974-2215 LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association Contact: John Stephens, 405-974-2450

Community Resources

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Celebrating Juneteenth

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Today, the University of Central Oklahoma recognizes and encourages our community to celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This holiday began in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. News spread much slower back then, and when slaves in . . .  read more

Resources to Support Addressing Racial Injustice

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Departments on campus will not remain silent in the face of systemic racism plaguing our nation... Discover some educational tools, self-care resources, and organizations recommended by Inclusive Community Director, MeShawn Green, to guide you as you address racial and social injustice.

Continued Initiatives and Programs at UCO

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For the past week, we have collectively mourned the needless death of George Floyd and the many other men and women who have died as a result of systemic racism. We know that racism and inequality are complicated and layered issues that are not going to be swiftly resolved. However, the University of Central Oklahoma will continue to stand as a catalyst . . .  read more