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In honor of this year’s national theme of health and wellbeing for Black History Month, we want to share the following Black American trailblazers in mental health article. This article comes directly from Mental Health America (https://www.mhanational.org/black-pioneers-mental-health). Black Americans’ contributions to the field of mental health have been long overlooked. Check out these trailblazers! Bebe […]


Tags: Black | Black history month | Black mental health | health and wellness | mental health | wellbeing
scrabble tiles spell out equity

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 […]


Tags: equity practitioner | equity-minded | systemic oppression
Native American statue

The Office of Inclusive Community recognizes we sit on the traditional lands of the Caddo and Wichita people. Visit the UCO Land Acknowledgement website to learn more. 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. […]


Tags: decolonize | First Nations | Indigenous | Native American
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The University of Central Oklahoma’s shared values of Community, Character and Civility inform our commitment, during this period of national and global emergency, to an ethos of inclusion, transparency, collaboration and respect across the institution. As part of that commitment, we celebrate the unique value of each of our traditional and non-traditional students, faculty, staff, […]


Tags: ally | bias | covid | pandemic
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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 […]


Tags: ally | antiracist | community resources | condemn bias | education | inclusive community | speak out | UCO resources
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University of Central Oklahoma Letters of Support Countless UCO departments and offices continue to show their support and dedication to racial justice, diversity, inclusion and equity. This week we are proud to share three additional letters from the College of Liberal Arts, Max Chambers Library and Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning. College […]


Tags: advance inclusion | condemn bias | support
hands raising African flags for Juneteenth

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 Texas finally learned of their freedom, the holiday […]


Tags: antiracist resources | celebration | education | Juneteenth | liberation | self-care
Memorial with painting of George Floyd on a brick wall

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.


Tags: ally | educational resources | institutional racism | racial trauma | self-care | social justice education | social justice tools | systemic racism
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 […]


Tags: D&I | diversity | inclusion | University programs
President Neuhold-Ravikumar

Far from a formal statement, I’ve taken time to speak with several of our black Broncho family members over the past few days and felt compelled to share what I’ve heard and learned with you. First, let me say that I am a white woman with privilege. I say that out loud to make it […]


Tags: ally | students of color | support | white privilege