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Continuous Cultural Competence
Letter from the President
To our Broncho community,
This year marks the university’s inaugural effort to bring an intentional and coordinated focus to the importance of inclusion and equity throughout our campus. As our state’s metropolitan university, our power to serve lies in our reflection of those whom we are here to serve.
We must fold back the husk of our preconceived notions about race, sex, ability and fairness in order to expose ourselves to the experiences of those around us. Our desire to share in a fair and equitable system of personal and professional opportunity must be girded with a commitment to collaboratively work toward a more inclusive environment at UCO.
The university’s requirement for every community member to participate in self-directed cultural competence education throughout the year is representative of our collective commitment to break barriers and build bridges. We’ve been asked to become the student – to reflect, to apply what we learn and to put in the effort. This outward action demonstrates our resolve to confront biases and to nurture an institutional climate in which our differences are what unite us.
Honor Bronze and Blue.
Continued Cultural Competence at UCO
The Continuous Cultural Competence initiative aims to support a range of discussions and workshops designed to provide faculty and staff an opportunity to learn, reflect and apply information centered on one’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in areas of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
Continuing to grow in the area of cultural competence is a life-long journey that requires reflection, commitment to expand learning and intentionality in the application of the knowledge learned. In alignment with this continued growth, faculty and staff are asked to participate in a minimum of three hours of Continuous Cultural Competence content per year.
Engagement in Continuous Cultural Competence
The three hours of Continuous Cultural Competence engagement can include three separate one-hour events, one three-hour event or anything in between. The flexibility is intentional so faculty and staff can select events that meet their interests and stretch their understanding. The UCO Inclusive Welcome segment, which provides an overview of the Broncho approach to creating and supporting an inclusive community, is not included in the three hours of engagement for Continuous Cultural Competence.
In addition to on-campus events, campus members are welcome to participate in off-campus events. If there is an event that demonstrates the Continuous Cultural Competence learning objective(s), it can then count toward the three hours of the Continuous Cultural Competence once an application of content is submitted.
If you attend either an on-campus or external event, all participants will be asked to show how they will apply what they have learned or experienced to their role here at UCO. For on-campus events, how the information is applied is determined by the facilitator; this may be through a survey question, discussion within a session or a written reflection. For external events, participants will respond to a set of reflection prompts. Both the attendance and application components will need to be completed to earn the credit.
All UCO faculty and staff members are asked to first visit the Central Essentials eLearning series and complete the "A Diverse Community that Values Inclusion" and "A Global & Cultural Experience" modules.
Attend an event. The Continuous Cultural Competence program asks faculty and staff for a minimum of three hours of engagement. However, you are welcome to engage in additional events as your schedule allows. There are two options available for events:Option One:
Attend a UCO event that has been pre-approved to count toward Continuous Cultural Competence engagement hours. Some opportunities are already available in The Learning Center with more on the way.
Submit an external event you are planning to attend. Please submit the event's information a minimum of five days prior to the event in order to confirm approval. An external event must meet one or more of the Continuous Cultural Competence learning objectives.
Demonstration of awareness of one’s social identities and recognition of the complexities of those from different social identity groups.
- Recognizes how one’s social identity group and experiences have shaped their worldview
- Demonstrates insight into one’s biases
- Demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of elements important and impactful to members of a differing social identity group
- Defines diversity, inclusion, equity, power and privilege and how it is manifested at the University of Central Oklahoma
An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic and sustained effort to carry out complex functions involving ideas, things and/or people.
- Creates a plan for engaging in relationships for reciprocal learning with individuals from differing social identity groups
- Designs an approach for engaging in dialogue around diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity
- Analyzes barriers faced by multiple social identity groups in various contexts and mitigate those barriers
- Explains how listening, information-gathering and problem-solving skills support and foster partnerships and dialogue around diversity and inclusion
A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something that can be reflected in a person’s behavior.
- Initiates and develops interactions with individuals from different social identity groups.
- Reflects on changes in behavior as a result of empathy and support with others from differing social identity groups
- Explains your ability to listen and learn from alternative perspectives
- Synthesizes multiple perspectives and comes to a shared solution
- Reflects on how engaging in Continuous Cultural Competence has resulted in a shift in perspective in one’s life and work