Juneteenth: A Brief History

Juneteenth has been known by many names: National Independence Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day.

And now, as a national holiday.

President Joe Biden, June 17, 2021, officially recognized Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, as a national holiday. The University of Central Oklahoma is displaying its unconditional support . . .  read more

BMI Brotherhood

Photo of 4 students, in Covid masks, at UCO

by Maiana Wise –

In February, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Liz Tabak, advisor of the Black Male Initiative (BMI), to inquire about their group’s activities and successes. BMI not only supports young African American men, but also serves as an encouraging program to build a pathway towards overall success in academic areas and professional . . .  read more

Anti-racist Pedagogy Reading List 2020

In part compiled by Andrea Aebersold, Ph. D – University of California, Irvine — 

Akamine Phillips, Jennifer; Risdon, Nate; Lamsma, Matthew; Hambrick, Angelica; & Jun, Alexander (2019). Barriers and strategies by white faculty who incorporate antiracist pedagogy. Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice, 3(2).

Alexander, . . .  read more

Continued Initiatives and Programs at UCO

Students from all walks of life smile for the camera

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