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Student Retention Initiatives

In order to support our students through their college career and beyond, the University of Central Oklahoma understands that students need personal and academic support. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides a variety of diversity initiatives intended to provide the kind of support that members of our UCO family need to support a high level of retention and graduation.

Black Male Initiative

This prestigious program 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.

Black Women Initiative

UCO’s Black Women’s Initiative began in 2015 by students and operated as a student organization with an executive board but, the initiative was re-structured in 2019 with institutional support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Hispanic Success Initiative

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 their UCO career. The HSI is also a way to provide networking opportunities that can lead to professional success after graduation.

LGBTQ+ Success Initiative

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.

Native American Success Initiative

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.