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Multicultural Education Institute

The Multicultural Education Institute (MEI) is held annually at UCO and is designed to assist teachers, future teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, counselors and other personnel in education to understand and implement strategies and programs in schools that build cross-cultural appreciation and academic success for all students. The Institute was first co-sponsored by UCO and Oklahoma City Public Schools in 1983.

MEI unites educators across Oklahoma to share the latest strategies and practices that help improve educating our increasingly diverse communities.

GIVE to the MEI - Donations to MEI provide support to our program. All gifts are tax deductible by law through the UCO Foundation. 

41st Annual MEI Conference Information

MEI Tentative Agenda


4:30 PM-5:00 PM - Enrolled Student Sessions
5:10 PM-6:10 PM - General Session
6:20 PM-6:50 PM - Graduate Concurrent Sessions
7:00 PM-9:30 PM - Banquet Program & Keynote


8:30 AM-9:30 AM - Concurrent/Plenary Sessions
9:45 AM-10:45 AM - Plenary/Concurrent Sessions
11:00 AM-11:30 AM - Concurrent Sessions
11:45 PM-2:00 PM - Luncheon Program & Keynote
2:15 PM-3:15 PM - Concurrent Sessions/Plenary
3:30 PM-4:30 PM - Concurrent Sessions
4:30 PM-5:00 PM - Evaluation, Drawings


2024 Conference Special Guests

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Registration fees

Full Event: $95.00
One-Day: $80.00
Registration with Course Credit: $75.00

Registration for MEI is online.  Visit the online UCO Mall to register today!

The registration deadline for the Multicultural Education Institute is Monday, February 26, 2024.

Unable to attend this year? You can support MEI by donating.


UCO students can receive college credit for attending the MEI by enrolling in TESL 4960/5960: Multicultural Education Institute.

Course Information – 1 Credit Hour
Course Information – 2 Credit Hours
Registration with Course Credit form

To register: Review the Course Information sheet for the desired number of credit hours.
Complete the “Registration with Course Credit” form and submit to
Pay $75.00 registration fee online using the UCO Mall.


Organizations and School Districts can pay for conference registrations via purchase order or invoice.  To receive the purchase order registration form, contact  

Registration Return Policy

MEI offers registration refunds.  The deadline for registration refunds is Friday, February 23, 2024.

Call for Presentations

MEI is currently accepting presentation proposals!  Presentation proposal submission is also open to graduate students.  The deadline to submit an online presentation proposal is Monday, February 9, 2024.

If your proposal is accepted and you present at MEI, you and all co-presenters will receive complimentary registration to the entire event. 


MEI has reserved rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Edmond for the duration of the Institute.  The MEI room rate is $110.00 a night.  Attendees must ask for the MEI rate when making reservations by using the code: MEI Conference.


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Edmond
301 Meline Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 341-4818

The hotel reservation deadline is Saturday, February 10, 2024 or until full.


Vendor Spaces

MEI invites local businesses and community organizations to have display tables at the event.  Space applications are divided into three categories: Artisan/Craft, Exhibit, and Service Agency/Professional Group. 

Artisans and craft vendor spaces are for individuals and small or local businesses and cost $35.00.
Exhibit spaces are for commercial organizations such as publishers and cost $150.00. 
As always, service agencies and professional groups do not pay a fee for table space at MEI.

The deadline for Vendor Space Applications is Friday, February 9, 2024.



MEI is committed to the recognition of excellence in multicultural education.  Each year, the Multicultural Awards Committee selects recipients for the following awards:

For more information and award nomination applications, please contact

Recipients are selected from nomination applications.  To nominate an outstanding contributor to multicultural education, please click the appropriate nomination application from the above hyperlinks.  The deadline for ‘of the Year Award nominations is Friday, February 9, 2024.


Teacher Incentive Grants

MEI awards multicultural classroom project funding to Oklahoma teachers with the Teacher Incentive Grant.  If you are classroom teacher in an Oklahoma school district and want to implement a multicultural project in your classroom, please submit a Teacher Incentive Grant Award application.

The deadline for Teacher Incentive Grant applications is Friday, February 9, 2024.