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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