Volunteer and Service Learning Center

Volunteer Service Learning CenterThe VSLC hosts our MLK Day of Service each January.  This event is intended to give students an opportunity to serve and remember the legacy of MLK Jr.  In addition to a full morning of service, students are encouraged to reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by reading and responding to one of his key speeches or pieces of written work.  For additional information, visit http://www.uco.edu/volunteer 

The VSLC collaborates with a full-range of departments and community organizations to plan and implement a year-long Social Justice Series.  This series aims to raise interest in and awareness of Social Justice issues that impact our region, state, nation and world.  In 2015, the series is focused on "A Call to Action", Jimmy Carter's book on Women, Religion, Violence and Power.  Additional information can be found at http://www.uco.edu/volunteer

Each fall and spring break, we provide opportunities for students to participate in Alternative Breaks.  Generally, these service opportunities work with underserved populations or situations.  For example, in 2015, a group is going to Albuquerque, New Mexico to work with the homeless population.  These service opportunities are not exclusively related to issues of Diversity and Multiculturalism, but there is often an overlap.  

Our Office of Sustainability focuses on a three-pronged approach to educating on sustainability.  Our educational efforts emphasize environmental, economic and social justice issues.  Often matters of advocacy or education overlap with topics of diversity and globalization.

  • Carnegie Community Engagement Initiative
    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized UCO’s community impact with the foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification — a classification received this year by only 82 other colleges and universities nationwide. The Community Engagement Classification, first offered in 2006, describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the exchange of knowledge and resources.
    “As a metropolitan university, we have opportunities to develop unique partnerships that allow both our students and the surrounding community to thrive,” UCO President Don Betz said. “This recognition from the Carnegie Foundation further validates the importance of cultivating relationships with our community.”  Central’s community partners and programs span industries and disciplines, leaving an impact far beyond the borders of the metropolitan area. The classification will be retained for 10 years, after which Central must again complete the two-year application process for recognition.

  • Central Pantry