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There are many ways to get involved in public affairs. Discover how legislation impacts Oklahoma and higher education, find who your legislatures are and attend Capitol visits to become a civically engaged citizen.

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UCO Students

There are several student organizations on campus who play an active part in civic engagement and public affairs! View the list of student organizations and contact the ones that interest you.

UCO Employees

Faculty Senate and Staff Senate are great ways to be connected to our legislative initiatives.

Note: If you are leading a group or bringing a key policy maker or legislator to campus to discuss UCO initiatives, please communicate event logistics, coordinator and contact information and pertinent details with Public Affairs.

Legislative Fact Sheet

Learn how your legislator engages with higher education initiatives.

Oklahoma Legislator Finder

Contact your legislators and advocate on legislation!

OSRHE 2020 Legislative Agenda

Identifies budget needs to advance Higher Education including STEM workforce development, operational cost increases, concurrent enrollment and more.

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Capitol Visits

In alignment with the institutional mission, values and priorities, Public Affairs encourages diversity of conversations and civic engagement and coordinates visits to engage the campus community with state policymakers and legislators. Each year, UCO supports the Oklahoma State Regent’s annual events, Higher Education Day, and Oklahoma’s Promise, connecting the campus community with state legislators at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Students and UCO representatives meet with legislators to share their individual experiences at UCO and in the Oklahoma university system. These annual events, along with other specialized visits, serve as an opportunity for UCO and Oklahoma colleges and universities to connect with Oklahoma legislators and state leadership.

Students are encouraged but not required to be registered to vote.  During visits, students are provided transportation and a letter verifying their participation for the events. Students also have the opportunity to get free professional attire from The Center's Community Closet. The Community Closet is open from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and is located in Thatcher 106. 

To participate with any of the campus visits, please contact Public Affairs.

Higher Education Day

Feb. 11, 2020

UCO recognizes the role that students, faculty and university leadership must maintain with respect to communicating our mission, values and priorities to our state legislators. Each year, UCO supports the Oklahoma State Regent’s Higher Education Day, visiting state legislators that represent UCO and Edmond at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Students and UCO representatives meet with legislators to share their individual experiences at UCO and in the Oklahoma university system. Higher Ed Day serves as a consistent opportunity for UCO and Oklahoma colleges and universities to connect with Oklahoma legislators and state leadership.

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Oklahoma's Promise Day

April 7, 2020

UCO students, faculty and representatives, have a chance to meet with legislators to share how Oklahoma’s Promise has impacted our community and encourage elected officials to continue to protect the program’s dedicated funding source. Oklahoma's Promise Day serves as a consistent opportunity for UCO and Oklahoma colleges and universities to connect with Oklahoma legislators and state leaders.  Oklahoma's Promise Day brings students and representatives from across the state to the Capitol to show our appreciation for state legislators, the Governor and State Board of Equalization’s ongoing support of Oklahoma’s Promise program.

All UCO Oklahoma’s Promise recipients are encouraged to participate, to learn more about  Oklahoma's Promise visit their website.