Welcome to The Center at UCO

Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student 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.

The Center serves as a site of information, research, grant funding, and advocacy for issues regarding women, gender, and sexuality. The Center also acts as a resource for the BGLTQ+ community, a crucial community meeting place, and an educational resource.

We are located in Thatcher 106. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 9 am-6 pm. We are a STLR tagged location!

Please come and check out our library or just hang out for a while. All are welcome. Some of our current programs include:

  • Support for the interdisciplinary minor degree program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • Hosting educational and social programs and sponsoring student organizations for BGLTQ+ and allied students; advocating for BGLTQ+ students in university- and unit-level strategic planning, budgeting, curricular development, and programming processes; and promoting civic engagement and fostering strategic partnerships in the wider BGLTQ+ community.
  • Establishing the Center community library of over 5,000 books, materials, and manuscripts dealing with gender and sexuality. Many of these books are rare and most are not found in any library in Oklahoma.
  • Collaboration with scholars and activists on campus and off campus on interdisciplinary scholarly, creative, and pedagogical projects in the fields of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • The Center makes available to the campus community materials relevant to women's and BGLTQ+ health and models good health practices.
  • Offers periodic free STI testing and HPV vaccines as well as free condoms for our students.
  • The Community Clothing Exchange for our students and other members of the wider community.
  • A Student Transformative Learning Project documenting the experiences of lesbian and feminist activists in Oklahoma.
  • Curriculum to help with sex positive and research-based sex education in Oklahoma. Our peer health leaders or Sexual Health Ambassadors visit classes, residence halls, and student groups to teach this curriculum to the UCO community.
  • Hosts an Annual International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference with over one hundred presentations every year and dozens of countries represented.
  • Houses the Reproductive Justice Campus Action Network