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June 5, 2020

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 for positive change by intentionally striving for an inclusive and equitable environment. Below are the most recent developments in these efforts:

  • The Committee on Diversity will host an open forum at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, to check-in with our fellow Bronchos as well as discuss actions steps;
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host “How to Support Your Students During a Time of Unrest” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 12;
  • Housing will host an open forum at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10;
  • President Neuhold-Ravikumar has met with several members of the UCO community to listen as well as discuss action steps;
  • Starting in the fall, there will be mandatory diversity training for all incoming faculty and staff members;
  • Cultural Competence continued education sessions for faculty and staff will continue to occur;
  • The Inclusive Community website will be a centralized location of resources;
  • A space for the UCO community to offer suggestions/feedback is located on the Inclusive Community webpage;
  • The President’s Cabinet approved the establishment of the Inclusive Community Response Team. The Inclusive Community Response Team will be a standing body, so as to be active and ready to assist in responding to bias-related incidents as these they may arise; when not engaged in assisting with responses to specific incidents, members of the team would monitor and review incidents and institutional responses on other campuses, identify established and emerging best practices in incident response, would support the work of various campus units in developing and implementing educational programming related to inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence; and,
  • This fall, UCO will embark on an inclusion, equity and diversity strategic plan that provides measurable goals and objectives.