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Continuous Cultural Competence

About the Initiative

The Continuous Cultural Competence initiative aims to provide faculty and staff an opportunity to learn, reflect and apply information centered on one’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in the areas of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Continuing to grow in the area of cultural competence is a life-long journey that requires critical reflection, a commitment to expand one's learning, and intentionality in the application of the knowledge learned. In alignment with this continued growth, faculty and staff are expected to participate in three or more Continuous Cultural Competence learning experiences annually.


Step One

Participate in a learning experience of your choosing which centers diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, or social/environmental justice. A selection of learning experiences are provided as a starting point. However, you are free to choose any learning experience so long as it meets one or more of the Continuous Cultural Competence learning objectives

Step Two

Log into the UCO Learning Center and access the Continuous Cultural Competence section on  the Annual Required Trainings webpage. Select the first module titled, 1. Continuous Cultural Competence Free Choice Learning Experience, and complete it based on the learning experience with which you engaged. This quick module asks for details of the learning experience you selected along with one lesson learned.

Step Three

Select another appropriate learning experience and complete the second module in the Learning Center titled, 2. Continuous Cultural Competence Free Choice Learning Experience, based on your participation in that learning experience. Now repeat one more time. You will end up completing one module per learning experience for a total of three modules.

*Please note that if you participate in a learning experience that is three or more hours long (such as a conference or book group), you may use the details of that one experience to complete all three of the Free Choice Learning Experience modules.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Learning Experience Options

All of the below events, movies, podcasts, books, and online courses meet one or more of the Continuous Cultural Competence learning objectives. This selection is a good starting point in choosing a Continuous Cultural Competence learning experience. After engaging with your selected learning experience, complete the Continuous Cultural Competence Free Choice Learning Experience module in the UCO Learning Center's Annual Compliance Training section.


Educational Viewing

  • 13th (Netflix) - In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
  • Crash (Amazon) - Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of loss and redemption as they grapple with issues of race, class, family and gender in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks in New York. 
  • Dear White People (Netflix) - This Netflix-original series follows a group of students of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The students are faced with a landscape of cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics. Through an absurdist lens, the series uses irony, self-deprecation, brutal honesty and humor to highlight issues that still plague today's "post-racial" society. 
  • Rodney King (Netflix) - This film is a one-man show where Roger Guenveur Smith does a multiplicity of voices, alternately taking and opposing Rodney King's side. 
  • The Hate You Give (Cinemax) - Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right. 
  • Moonlight (Amazon) - a poignant drama based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” It follows the story of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami, in three defining chapters of his life as he struggles to suppress his sexuality and true identity. Moonlight won three Academy Awards including Best Picture — heralded as a vital portrait of black gay masculinity in America.
  • NYC Epicenters (HBO Max) - Beginning with the ongoing global pandemic and the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Spike Lee traverses through time to the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11. This provocative series is an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival. Lending their opinions and insights is a chorus of voices that mirrors the diversity of the city itself. Interviewees include Jon Stewart, Rosie Perez, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro; politicians Chuck Schumer, Bill De Blasio, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ron Kim, Mondaire Jones, Stacey Plaskett, Ritchie Torres, Muriel Bowser; medical professionals Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Ian Lipkin, Dr. Fritz Francois; NYFD members; machine operators from Ground Zero; engineers and architects; news anchors and reporters. 
  • Ma Vie En Rose (Amazon and Apple) - A tragically compelling French film about Ludovico, a 7-year-old trans girl who was assigned male at birth and cannot understand why. Whilst Ludo is confident she will be a woman when she grows up and believes God will send her the “missing X” chromosome to rectify the mistake, her family reacts with anger, discomfort and denial. With a focus upon Ludo’s perspective, this film powerfully illustrates how important it is for a trans child to feel supported and loved.
  • Frida (Hulu, HBO and Amazon) - This tribute to Mexican artist and feminist icon, Frida Kahlo, portrayed by the talented Selma Hayek, is truly a masterpiece. This movie effectively documents the incredibly progressive ferocity with which Frida tackled every obstacle placed in front of her. Frida embraced her sensuality, her bisexuality and polyamory, her disability, her penchant for dressing in “men’s” clothing, and forged her way to the forefront of the art scene whilst being a political revolutionary, ALL as a woman who lived from 1907-1954. 
  • Check Your Assumptions TED Talks playlist - Everyone makes snap judgments. These talks challenge the hidden biases we all hold... around looks, race, class, gender, language. 

Educational Listening (Podcasts)

One episode counts as one learning experience

  • 1619 (New York Times) - An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling. 
  • About Race - Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
  • Code Switch (NPR) - Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society.
  • Intersectionality Matters! - A podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. 
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast - Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. 
  • Pod For The Cause - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched “Pod for the Cause” podcast to expand the conversation on critical civil and human rights challenges of our day: census, justice reform, policing, education, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, media & tech, economic security, immigration, and human rights.
  • Seeing White - Discovering the embeddedness of white culture and the intersection of whiteness, politics, and power.
  • TED Radio Hour: Making Amends - What makes a true apology? What does it mean to make amends for past mistakes? This hour, TED speakers explore how repairing the wrongs of the past is the first step toward healing for the future.
  • TED Radio Hour: Bucking the System - We hear calls for systemic change, but what does that look like? This hour, TED speakers share stories of taking on institutions—from schools, to medicine, to policing—so they work for everyone.
  • TED Radio Hour: Ingrained Injustice - As protests for racial justice continue, many are asking how racism became so embedded in our lives. This hour, TED's Whitney Pennington Rodgers guides us through talks that offer part of the answer.
  • TED Radio Hour: Reflection on George Floyd Murder - The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in 2020 sparked massive protests nationwide. This hour, writer Clint Smith reflects on this moment, through conversation, letters, and poetry.
  • This American Life - A weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. This link leads to the episodes related to race. There are a variety of episodes to help listeners learn from the diverse lived experiences of folks different than themselves.
  • Alt Latino (NPR) - Alt.Latino is a spotlight on the world of Latinx arts and culture through music, stories and conversation.
  • Bridging to Belonging Case Series captures real-world examples of bridging and belonging through writings and podcast interviews. In this series, we analyze a range of breaking moments and bridging opportunities across different scales and contexts, such as schools, movements, governments and communities.

Educational Reading

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
  • The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • They Can Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Anti-Racism Daily -A daily email newsletter that offers an overview of current events from an anti-racism perspective.
  • The 1619 Project - An ongoing initiative that aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. 
  • Understanding Equity-Mindedness - What equity and inequity look like in higher education.
  • Indigenous Ally Toolkit
  • Beyond white privilege: Geographies of white supremacy and settler colonialism - This journal article argues that engaging with white supremacy and settler colonialism reveals the enduring social, economic, and political impacts of white supremacy as a materially grounded set of practices.

Online Self-Paced Courses

  • Making Visible the Invisible - A simple online module to deepen your understanding on race and systemic oppression.
  • Recognizing, Reducing, and Responding to Microaggressions - Microaggressions have become a popular topic lately. But do we really understand what they are, why they might occur, the history behind some of them, and what we should do if we commit one? How do we know what is okay to say or do, and what might unintentionally demean or exclude someone? Work through this course to learn the answers to these questions, plus what we can do to reduce our chances of perpetrating a microaggression. 
  • Operationalizing Equity - Equity as it relates to diversity and inclusion can be a rather abstract concept. The purpose of this module is to deepen your understanding of equity and learn what equity looks like in action. It further explains how you can operationalize equity within your role in the workplace and the classroom.
  • Equity in Faculty Recruiting and Hiring - A guide walk you through some proven strategies based on empirical evidence to help minimize barriers to hiring a diverse faculty through inclusive recruiting, screening, and selection. 

Learning Objectives for Continuous Cultural Competence

Each event deemed a Continuous Cultural Competence event will meet one or more of the learning objectives designed to address knowledge, skills and attitudes as they relate to social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.


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 world-view
  • 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

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. 

Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar
UCO President
Fall 2020

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