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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 UCO.


Faculty/Staff Resources

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Diverse Student & DACA Support

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Diversity-Focused UCO Offices & Committees

  • Committee on Diversity - An open UCO committee charged with assessing the climate for diversity on campus and with developing initiatives to support students, faculty and staff members with marginalized identities.
  • International House - Facilitates global engagement and intercultural proficiencies by bringing together Central's students, staff, faculty and community to create opportunities for transformative learning.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Connect to campus resources and programs especially for students identifying with under-resourced communities. Email Dene Roseburr-Olotu or call 405-974-5946.
  • Office of Global Affairs - Assists UCO's international students with acclimating to college life in the United States and collaborates with student organizations to facilitate culturally diverese community events.
  • Office of Global and Cultural Competencies - Students, faculty and staff seeking resources for DACA and undocumented students or to schedule Dreamer Ally Training can email Liliana Rentería Mendoza or call 405-974-5762.
  • 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.
  • UCO Faculty & Staff Associations &  Affinity Groups provide communities for our faculty and staff built around shared identities, cultures and interests.
  • Ombudsperson Program for Faculty

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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. 

Educational Listening (Podcasts)

  • 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.

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.

Educational Websites & Modules

  • American Indian Institute - A nonprofit Native American service, training, and research organization. This site houses many learning resources to increase your understanding of Native cultures.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • The Trevor Project - An introductory educational resource that covers topics and best practices on how to support transgender and nonbinary young people.

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