The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes the university's main campus is located on the traditional lands of the Caddo and Wichita people. Visit the UCO Land Acknowledgement website to learn more.
The UCO Office of Inclusive Community’s mission is to plan, lead and implement, in collaboration with university partners, institutional change initiatives to advance equity for the purposes of cultivating and sustaining inclusive excellence at the University of Central Oklahoma. Our goals are to:
- Provide our university partners with tools to identify and overcome barriers to equity; and,
- Advance an inclusive community that recognizes human dignity and mutual respect.
The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity in areas including race, class, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, ideology, (dis)ability, affectional orientation, gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification. Our appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the historical heritage on which the university was founded and the many struggles and sacrifices, both historically and currently, that confront underrepresented communities. Given this awareness, we actively strive to enrich the experience of the entire community by implementing practices that remove barriers to those communities served least well by existing systems. We do this not only because it is right, but also because diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and conceptual horizons of students, faculty and staff members, while enhancing the university’s ability to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves. Learn more about how we have and continue to work to enhance inclusive excellence by exploring our Annual Report.
Diversity results from the intersectional engagement of values, perspectives, and world-view that emerge from different identities and lived experiences such as, but not limited to, race and/or ethnicity; gender, including gender identity and/or expression; sexual orientation; ability and/or disability; age; religion; socioeconomic and/or class status; language; national origin and/or immigration status; status as a veteran; learning style; and organizational role.
Equity encompasses a variety of practices that remove barriers and facilitate the inclusion and empowerment of members of communities that have experienced exclusion from or marginalization within an organization.
An Inclusive Community is one that intentionally and consistently fosters belonging, personal growth, and empowerment for all.
Belonging is the feeling of security and support, the experience of mattering or feeling cared about, accepted, respected, valued by, and important to the community.