The purpose of Diversity Leadership Institute helps students to identify with their own culture (Cultural Identity), become informed about other cultures and behavior (Knowledge), understand the feelings and needs of others (Empathy), and become aware of one’s own desires, strengths, weaknesses and emotional stability (Self-Confidence). The activities, workshops, and discussions work to build cultural competent leaders who are challenged to assess their perceptions about themselves and others in regard to differences.
Students will describe the impact of their cultural experiences and their approach to leadership.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the complex social and cultural identities that other people may face and be able to identify issues of students’ individual differences, such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, and ability/disability.
Students will identify the cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication.
Students will initiate and develop interactions with individuals from different cultures.
Students will choose and critique a major theory of social justice; spiritual development; racial/ethnic identity development; gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity development; gender identity development; disability; class; and multicultural/multiracial identity development.
Participants will depart from the University of Central Oklahoma on May 20th and will return on May 24th, 2017. The institute will take place in Washington, D.C..
Students who apply to DLI will need to attend two (2) mandatory pre-departure meetings on April 14th at 2:00 p.m. and April 21st at 2:00 p.m. Location to be determined.
There is a $300.00 fee to attend Diversity Leadership Institute. This fee will cover your hotel and flights. Students are responsible for meals throughout the trip to Washington, D.C.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due Thursday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m. The remaining balance will be due in the following manner: $75 on Friday, March 10th by 5:00pm, $75 on Friday, April 7th by 5:00pm, and $50 on Friday, May 12th by 5:00pm.
Deadline to pay full amount is Friday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m. If a student makes a deposit but does not attend, the remaining amount will be charged to his or her bursar account.
Students must have a Spring 2017 G.P.A. of 2.5 or above to attend DLI.
The deadline to turn in this application is Friday, February 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Payments are due to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion located in the Nigh University Center, Room 211. If writing a check, make it payable to the University of Central Oklahoma.
For more information contact Andy Reza at PReza@uco.edu, contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at (405) 974-3588, or visit us in NUC 211 .
Students from the DLI class of 2015 talk about their experience attending the Diversity Leadership Institute in Chicago, IL.
Diversity Leadership Institute over the years!
Diversity Leadership Institute class of 2016 in Denver, CO.
Diversity Leadership Institute class of 2014 working on a community service project in New Orleans, LA. They are pictured here with the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu.
Diversity Leadership Institute class of 2013 in Austin, TX.
Diversity Leadership Institute class of 2012 in Memphis, TN.