Student Retention Initiatives and Organizations
In order to empower our students through their college career and beyond, the University of Central Oklahoma understands that they need personal and academic support. The Inclusive Community- Student Hub is home to a variety of student initiatives and organizations intended to provide the kind of support members of our UCO family need to achieve a high level of retention and graduation. Our organizations represent the vivid and diverse fabric of our campus community. Take a look and see which group or groups are right for you!
This prestigious Black Male Initiative (BMI) provides engaging and relevant experiences to young African American men with the goal of helping them achieve academic and professional success during their tenure as a UCO student. Through a mentoring program that pairs freshmen with upper-class mentors. These mentors offer support and tenacious monitoring that assists these young men in finding success at the university level.
This Black Women's Initiative (BWI) aims to support young African American women with academic success, career readiness, identity exploration and community establishment through course curriculum, participation in leadership activities, faculty/staff networking events, community service opportunities and various discussions among the group.
The Hispanic Success Initiative (HSI) is all about helping UCO students of Hispanic descent explore identities and make the kind of connections that help promote success and understanding as they move through their UCO career. The HSI is also a way to provide networking opportunities that can lead to professional success after graduation.
The LGBTQ+ Student Success Initiative (LGBTQ+ SSI) recognizes that there is a wide spectrum of experiences at UCO. This program is designed to create and reinforce a sense of belonging for our students who identify as LGBTQ+ and to help them find success in their academic pursuits while providing support for their social and psychological needs.
The Native American Success Initiative (NASI) is designed to help promote the retention, academic success and graduation of Native American students. During this initiative, students have the ability to tap into resources designed to help them develop both personally and professionally.
Diversity Round Table (DRT) serves as the voice and support for all multicultural students on campus and is the umbrella organization that oversees all of Central’s multicultural organizations. At its core, DRT is a group that exists to create community, advocate, educate and celebrate Central’s rich and varied student experiences.
The Black Student Association (BSA) has a mission of education and advancement of the black community on the UCO campus. Membership is open to all with no restrictions on race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
The Asian American Student Association (AASA) brings together individuals of Asian descent from a variety of backgrounds in order to highlight those cultures represented by the UCO community. The AASA is an active body that increases awareness of their diverse cultural makeup and history by hosting social events, educational programs, cultural events and community service projects.
The Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) is a student-led group that promotes the rich diversity and history of Hispanic-American cultures found in North and Latin America. They also strive to help support Hispanic American people on the campus and around the community.
The Native American Student Association (NASA) is a body that seeks to unite and represent the Native American Student body at UCO while creating awareness of Native American culture in the local area. Social events, cultural celebrations and community service events give NASA the chance to promote the diverse languages, cultures and histories represented by its members and the community at large.
The Student Alliance for Equity (SAFE) is a registered student organization the provides support and community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer and questioning students, faculty, alumni or staff at the University of Central Oklahoma, as well as the surrounding communities.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) at UCO is a student organization that seeks to provide aid to the positive construction and preservation of all female students’ personal and academic lives. Our local AAUW chapter is supported by the national chapter, helping us to meet our mission in supporting the self-identity, self-esteem and self-sufficiency and unity of the women in our campus community.