Inclusive Community at UCO
The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity in every area of the university’s life in order to provide transformative educational experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community.
Diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and conceptual horizons of students and of faculty and staff members, and it enhances the university’s ability to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.
In order to promote and sustain diversity in areas including race, class, gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, ableness, affectional orientation, gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification, UCO provides a variety of resources for students, faculty and staff members, and members of the wider community. Read the University of Central Oklahoma Statement on Bias Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Office of Inclusive Community’s mission is to plan, lead and implement, in collaboration with university partners, institutional change actions, and initiatives to advance and support inclusivity and equity for the purposes of cultivating and sustaining inclusive excellence at the University of Central Oklahoma.
President Neuhold-Ravikumar's Statement on Inclusivity
Brené Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” This connection among ourselves is an essential precursor to asking anyone else to Connect to Central. It is with this focus that we daily reaffirm our commitment to creating an inclusive campus environment.
Recognizing its value, Global and Cultural Competency has been a part of our Central Six Tenets of Transformative Learning since their inception 12 years ago. UCO has been a leader in infusing the principles of cultural diversity into our curriculum, student services and research opportunities. Here, you will find information on the many programs, trainings and activities that promote inclusiveness and diversity in every corner of campus
An inclusive community is essential to creating an environment where we all experience a sense of safety, opportunity and belonging. The responsibility to create this environment is incumbent upon every one of us. We should strive to expand our perspective of the world by embracing our differences and understanding the value that each person brings. It is through these efforts that we create a place where people want to Connect to Central.
President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar