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Inclusive Community Strategic Plan

Inclusive Community Strategic Plan

UCO is committed to inclusive excellence. This includes creating an environment where all who come to learn, work or teach are valued and where there is joint pursuit of superior engagement and implementation of inclusion, equity and diversity in all aspects of university life.

In the spirit of commitment to inclusive excellence, we will embark on an Inclusive Community Strategic Planning Process.

Guiding this process will be the Inclusive Community Strategic Plan Steering Committee. The role of the Inclusive Community Strategic Plan Steering Committee is to collect feedback across campus, from alumni and external partners; inventory efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion across campus; identify potential synergies; pinpoint existing gaps; and, establish a framework for our shared vision and outcomes.

UCO will continue to live up to our standards, seeking to ensure that everyone in this community is valued, and strive towards excellence. The work of inclusion, equity and diversity is an ongoing process, and we know these efforts will take time and the dedication of our full campus community; however, the Broncho spirit will prevail, and together we will create the inclusive community where everyone will thrive and flourish.

Check back for more information about the process, which will include opportunities for the campus community to provide input and feedback.


President's Announcement

 
Dear Faculty and Staff,
 
We frequently hear alumni and members of the metro community remark on the meaningful diversity and inclusion work we do at the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO strives to create a campus environment where different identities, backgrounds and experiences are valued and contribute to a transformative learning environment. Our history of engagement in these salient and core human issues demonstrates our commitment to progress.

We are excited to launch the start of the Inclusive Community Strategic Planning process this month. Working together this year, we will create a shared vision for inclusive excellence at UCO, supported by a defined set of outcomes guided by our values. We will leverage our collective resources and establish institution-wide priorities and initiatives to achieve these outcomes together. Through this process, we will uncover our existing inventory of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; highlight potential synergies, as well as gaps; and, draft a blueprint for building an inclusive community in which we can thrive.

President Neuhold-RavikumarThis process will be led by the Inclusive Community Steering Committee. All members of the UCO community are welcome to join this committee through a self-nomination process.
 
The success of this committee requires advocates from our campus community who are courageous in confronting uncomfortable truths, promote peace and patience in understanding and support the visibility and voice of all people.
This is the work of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. The yoke of change cannot be solely shouldered by the few. I hope you’ll consider sharing in this work.

Our minds and biases will be challenged by this experience and so our hearts must be open. Join me.

"The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found, but made; and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination." — Peter Ellyard
 
Sincerely,

Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar
President