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Letter from the Director

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 to learn, thrive, and succeed. As we continually work to fulfill our mission, we strive to create, maintain, and altogether champion a university culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the forefront of everything we do.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion begins this new academic year focused on expounding the programs and services we provide that truly speak to the core of our mission. From hosting annual programs that introduce students to the histories, cultures, and traditions of diverse cultures, to facilitating difficult discussions that tackle topics including race, culture, gender, privilege, microaggressions, and implicit bias our goal is to equip UCO students with the knowledge, awareness, and skills they need to successfully navigate this increasingly global and multicultural world.

In addition, we are enthusiastic to work alongside our campus partners to coordinate the Student Success Initiatives. There is no one-size-fits-all model when serving and supporting students and the Black Male Initiative, Hispanic Success Initiative, LGBTQ+ Success Initiative, and Native American Success Initiative provide the coaching, support, and information that students need to continue their journey toward college graduation.

We look forward to sharing additional details about our programs and services, as well as provide data on their impact and outcomes of our key performance indicators for 2019-2020 with the UCO community. The work done by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Women’s Outreach Center not only educates students while providing them a sense of belonging and connection, it changes students’ lives. We look forward to continuing to work with the university community to grow and expand this pursuit.

Have a successful fall semester!

MeShawn Green
Director of Equity and Inclusion

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Buddy Broncho made his first appearance in UCO's own newspaper The Vista. It was the October 3, 1932, issue where a Broncho appears wearing a UCO football uniform. He has appeared numerous times throughout the years from local Edmond papers in the 60's to state-wide papers in the 80's. The commissioning of the first ever live mascot appears in UCO's 1979 Bronze Book where Buddy Broncho made his first public appearance at Homecoming. Since that time, Buddy has been a fixture at UCO events and in the hearts of UCO students.