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It is one thing to espouse values of equity, diversity and inclusion. It is another to move into action. This site contains a collection of selected resources, spaces and information with which faculty, staff and students can engage to advance racial/social justice in their various roles; to further their own cultural competence development; and to practice self-care as they carry out the work of creating a more inclusive and equitable community.


Resources for the Academy

Planning Tools

Recruiting, Hiring and Department Culture

Student Academic and Social/Emotional Support

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Diverse, International & DACA Student Programs & Offices

  • College Opportunity Programs for UCO Current & Prospective Students - Programs (TRIO and Gear Up) to motivate and support students from low income/disadvantaged backgrounds, veterans and students with disabilities in their pursuit of a college degree.
  • DACA support and resources for Dreamers
  • Disability Support Services - Determines appropriate housing and academic accommodations and coordinates auxiliary aids for students with disabilities. Request and accommodation or contact them at, 405-974-2516.
  • Global Affairs - Assists UCO's international students with acclimating to college life in the United States.
  • International House - Facilitates global engagement and intercultural proficiencies by bringing together Central's students, staff, faculty and community to create opportunities for transformative learning.
  • Student Advocacy - Assistance with navigating student paths to success and degree completion at UCO as well as guidance and resources for financial and academic challenges. Email or book an appointment.
  • Student Diversity and Inclusion - Connect to campus resources and programs especially for students identifying with under-resourced communities. Email or call 405-974-3588.
  • Student Retention Initiatives - Black Male, Black Woman, Hispanic Success, LGBTQ+ Success, and Native American Success Initiative
  • The Center - The Center has two arms, the Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center, which work both independently and collaboratively to engage and advance women and the BGLTQ+ community at the University of Central Oklahoma, the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan region and beyond.
  • Undergraduate Admissions - Prospective students who have questions regarding the application process or have general questions about UCO can call 405-974-2724.
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Resources for Self-Care

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Resources for Self-Development

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. 

UCO Panels

  • Navigating Racial Trauma - In response to events in 2020, UCO's Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a panel to discuss how best to navigate racial trauma. Listen to our esteemed panel of counselors and activist as they discuss the nuances of racial trauma and how to begin the healing process.
  • After the March: What's Next? - Demonstrations are only the beginning when working to confront institutionalized racism and inequality. UCO's Office of Diversity and Inclusion assembled a panel of dynamic community activist who engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on what it truly takes to create lasting change beyond just the 'March for Justice.'
  • The Conversation: Stonewall, Civil Rights and Pride - The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invited campus partners to come together to dive-deeper into the significance of the anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on civil rights and the celebration of Pride month. The presentation also explored what the future looks like for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and students.
  • How to Support Your Students During Social Unrest - UCO's Office of Diversity and Inclusion engages in a conversation regarding how best to support your student during social unrest. At the end of this conversation, we provide a brief introduction to our SHARP framework designed to help advocates better engage with their students.
  • HomeIsHere: A Panel Discussion on DACA - In this timely discussion, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts a panel of incredible individuals to discuss the impact of the SCOTUS decision regarding DACA and Dreamers.
  • Activism: The Student Perspective - Hear from our student leaders as they discuss Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and what it means to be an Activist during today's social climate.
  • Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration


  • 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.
  • Pod Save the People (Crooked Media) - DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. There’s also a weekly one-on-one interview with DeRay and special guests, from singer/ songwriter John Legend to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders who come on the show go deep on social, political, and cultural issues.
  • Seeing White - Discovering the embeddedness of white culture and the intersection of whiteness, politics, and power.
  • TED Radio Hour (NPR) - Exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves. While not all episodes are directly related to social or racial justice, diversity, equity, or inclusion, you can use the filter function to find some powerful episodes on these topics.
  • 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 - How do you define race? What does racism look like? Does racism still exist? The purpose of this online module is to answer these questions, while providing opportunities for self-reflection and a deeper understanding of our diverse and dynamic society. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1) challenge common misconceptions regarding race and racism; 2) recognize the continued existence of racism in the form of systemic racism; and 3) understand how systemic racism perpetuates inequity.
  • 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 - As an institution of higher education charged with serving the OKC metro area, it is our responsibility to prepare students to contribute to a global society. In order to do this successfully, we must ourselves embrace continuous learning in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and belonging. The purpose of this module is to: 1) Define the terms inequity and equity, as they relate to diversity and inclusion; 2) Engage the learner in case studies designed to show equity in action; and 3) Prompt the learner to identify how they can advance equity.
  • Growing a Department With Equity-Mindedness & Inclusive Excellence - This guide will 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. The focus cannot be on just increasing the number of faculty who identify with underrepresented or marginalized groups. We must focus on creating inclusive positions and cultures built on a foundation of collaborative learning, equity and human dignity... on recruiting individuals who will actively advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the institution by contributing their knowledge, ideas, and talents, and who are eager to try on new perspectives and learn from individuals different than themselves. A more diverse institution will be the outcome of this because a more diverse group of individuals will want to work in an institution like that. 

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