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Inclusive Community Strategic Plan
Inclusive Community Strategic Plan Overview
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.
Following a request by President Neuhold-Ravikumar that we incorporate specific diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and objectives into our overall University Strategic Plan, the Inclusive Community Strategic Plan Steering Committee was formed and began meeting in January of 2021. As the President noted in her announcement of this work, “UCO strives to create a campus environment where different identities, backgrounds and experiences are valued, and contribute to a transformative learning environment.” This Committee has been meeting regularly draft a framework for our shared vision and outcomes as they relate to enhancing inclusive excellence at UCO.
The UCO community will be part of creating this plan, providing feedback and suggestions. We welcome your thoughtful commentary and ideas.
The Inclusive Community Strategic Plan will be a comprehensive plan that uses the ingenuity and creativity of students, faculty, and staff to support, strengthen, and elevate the incredible inclusion, equity, and diversity work that has been done at UCO while identifying opportunities for growth.
Encompassing both a centralized and decentralized approach, the Inclusive Community Strategic Plan will communicate the university’s overarching goals as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion while allowing university units the freedom, individuality, and creativity to create action plans that address those goals.
COMPLETE - Phase I: Inclusive Community Strategic Plan Launch
Develop guiding principles for the planning process.
COMPLETE - Phase II: The Big Dream
Create a shared definition of relevant diversity terms. Identify the vision and draft working goals and objectives for inclusion, equity and diversity at the University of Central Oklahoma. Where do we see ourselves in five years? These goals will evolve throughout the process as the committee gathers UCO community feedback and analyzes relevant data.
IN PROGRESS - Phase III: Campus and Community Communication
Gather input for the proposed goals and objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma. Review and synthesize the community feedback for common patterns, and update the goals and objectives to reflect those themes.
IN PROGRESS - Phase IV: Diversity Audit
Utilizing the updated goals and objectives to narrow the focus, gauge the UCO campus climate using in-depth quantitative and qualitative analyses of UCO diversity efforts, demographic information, policies and practices.
Phase V: Inclusive Community Objectives Refined
Compare the updated goals and objectives to information gathered during the diversity audit; this phase identifies the equity and inclusion gaps, and informs further updates to the goals resulting in specific and measurable objectives that build, sustain, or enhance inclusive excellence, equity and diversity at UCO. Present the current iteration of goals and objectives to the campus community for commentary, and finalize them based on the feedback.
Phase VI: Creating Diversity Action Plans
Using the final goals and objectives as a framework, divisions, departments, colleges and offices will create specific Diversity Action Plans. This will require divisions, departments, colleges and offices to dive deeper into unit-specific data, beyond the general university diversity audit.
Phase VII: Diversity Action Plan Review
The Inclusive Community Strategic Plan Steering Committee will review Diversity Action Plans.
Phase VIII: Implementation
Divisions, departments, colleges, and offices will implement their Diversity Action Plans while the university as a whole embodies our new understanding of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusive community.
Phase IX: Review and Evaluation
In an effort to continually evolve, this phase encourages ongoing evaluation, results sharing, and celebration of success.
Strategic Plan Progress
To date, the steering committee has completed the following items in its work to develop an Inclusive Community Strategic Plan.
- The development of a shared vision for the future state of a more inclusive and equitable UCO.
- Research and acknowledgment of the history of access and inclusion/exclusion at UCO and Edmond to contextualize the work we are doing at the present and to clarify our desired future.
- The alignment of diversity, equity and inclusion values with UCO's mission and pillars.
- The exploration of common diversity, equity and inclusion terms such as identity, diversity, equity, inclusive community, inclusion, belonging, and justice.
- The creation of UCO-specific definitions for diversity, equity, inclusive community, and belonging.
- The brainstorming of goals and objectives to expand and ensure access to opportunity across the university and equity in distributing the benefits of it.
- The gathering of UCO community feedback regarding the drafted goals and objectives through a campus forum and an online survey.
- Syntheses of the campus feedback to identify high-level themes in an effort to refine the currently drafted goals and objectives.