Welcome to the Fam Week

Welcome to UCO and to the fam! We want to make sure you are connected and supported here at UCO and to do just that, we are hosting Welcome to the Fam Week, Aug. 26 – Sept. 1. This week is designed for new students to identify and interact with members of the UCO multicultural community. During this week, the various multicultural student and faculty and staff organizations will host programs such as The Gathering, Black to Basics, Latino Faculty and Staff Association cookout and more! There are more than 10 programs scheduled!


Monday, Aug. 27:

Ice Cream Social – 1-3 p.m., Nigh University Center (NUC), Room 211

Cool off from the heat with a cool treat while learning about the services and programs provided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Sponsor: Office of Diversity and Inclusion – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) advances cultural competence while implementing opportunities for our diverse communities to learn, thrive and succeed.

Asian American Student Association (AASA) Cultural Game Night – 4-6 p.m., NUC, Room 421, Will Rogers 

What do you know about Snake, Crane, Tiger and Sumo Push? For those who are skilled or those who want to learn, the AASA Cultural Game Night is for you! Join us for an evening of culture, food and fun, as we welcome you to UCO and offer insight on what it means to be a successful Broncho.

Sponsor: Asian American Student Association (AASA) – AASA unites and advocates for the Asian-American student body at UCO by recognizing and promoting the diversity of Asian culture and traditions.

Black to the Basics – 6-8:30 p.m., NUC, Room 421, Will Rogers

Looking to meet new friends? Want to learn the ins-and-outs of Black college life at UCO? Black to the Basics is the perfect event to help break the ice with your peers, enjoy food and games, and learn more about UCO! See you there!

Sponsor: Black Student Association – The Black Student Association is committed to celebrating Black culture as well as advocating for and educating others about the Black community.


Tuesday, Aug. 28:

Pride. History. Culture. – Celebrating Latino Culture – 4-5 p.m., NUC, Room 300

Join the Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) as we learn about the symbolism and meaning behind our countries flags and stay with us to create your own flag with personal meaning to you. We will display them in the ODI after the event for the campus to view. We will also provide helpful tips and resources for making your first year as successful as possible.

Sponsor: Hispanic American Student Association – HASA is a door to understand the different cultures and customs of Hispanic American students’. Estudiantes unidos jamas seremos vencidos

Welcome Back, and Welcome to the Family!  A Celebration of LGBTQIA+ Community at UCO – 7-8:30 p.m., NUC, Room 421, Will Rogers 

Please join the Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE), UCO’s LGBTQIA+ student organization, and UCO’s LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association for a celebration of community and an opportunity to learn about the programs, opportunities, and resources available to LGBTQIA+ students at UCO and in the wider community. We’ll share food, music, and games; hear from our SAFE officers for the 2018-19 academic year; and discuss our plans for the coming year including Edmond’s very first LGBTQIA+ Pride celebration, which will take place on Saturday, October 20. All are welcome!

Sponsor:  Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE) and LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association – The Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE) has provided social, educational, and advocacy opportunities for LGBTQIA+ and Allied students at UCO for the past thirty years.  SAFE sponsors social events throughout the year; hosts educational events on issues of interest to the LGBTQIA+ community; sponsors the UCO Safe-Zone Ally Program and serves as a liaison between the UCO campus and the LGBTQIA+ and Allied community in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area.  The LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association celebrate and support the lives of LGBTQIA+ and Allied faculty and staff members.


Wednesday, Aug. 29:

Cook-out with the Latino Faculty & Staff Association – 4-5:30 p.m., Volleyball Court north of Murdaugh Hall

The Latino Faculty & Staff Association (LFSA) welcomes Latinx students to UCO. Meet faculty and staff, as well as students, to create a network of support.

Sponsor: UCO Latino Faculty & Staff Association – The UCO Latino Faculty & Staff Association supports the success of Latinx faculty, staff, and students by advocating for efforts, programs, and policies, that promote the understanding of Latinx issues within the university.

The Gathering - 6-8 p.m., Plunkett Park

The Gathering is designed to welcome Native American students to connect with peers as well as with Native faculty and staff members. Join us for an evening of engaging music, activities, and food. 

Sponsor: UCO Native American Student Association with the UCO Native American Faculty Staff Association, The Chickasaw Nation Chokka' Kilimpi' Recruitment & Retention Program, and UCO ROTC – The Native American Student Association (NASA) builds and strengthens awareness of Native American culture while encouraging friendship, leadership, and cultural exchange among students and to other clubs and organizations.


Thursday, Aug. 30

Come Meet Your Fam – 2-4 p.m., NUC, Room 421, Will Rogers

"Hey Auntie" - Killmonger, Black Panther.  Come hang with your aunts, uncles, and cousins of the African American Faculty/Staff Association. Your new extended family, who also serve as faculty, staff and administrators at UCO, can’t wait to meet you and provide you the support you can only get from family. This family reunion will also have food, games and tons of fun! 

Sponsor: African American Faculty/Staff Association – The African American Faculty and Staff Association’s (AAFSA) serves as an advocate for educational equity and to assist in meeting the professional needs of its members with an objective to assist in promoting awareness of concerns, needs, and progress of African American students, faculty and staff and to proactively serve as advisors, mentors, and role models for students.

Open House, Food, and Fun: Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center at UCO – 3-5 p.m., Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center, Thatcher Hall, Room 106

The Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center serves as a site of information, research, grant funding, and advocacy for issues regarding women and gender. The Center also acts as a resource for the BGLTQ+ community, a crucial community meeting place, and an educational resource. Come and see all of the wonderful programs and opportunities we have to offer! Our open house will feature food, goodie bags, free condoms, and other information and materials about sexual health.

Sponsor: Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center – The Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center is an interdisciplinary program serves as a site of information, research, grant funding, and advocacy for issues regarding women and gender. The Center also acts as a resource for the BGLTQ+ community, a crucial community meeting place, and an educational resource. The Center sponsors periodic free STI testing for our students, has a library with over 5000 rare books and materials about women's, gender, and sexuality issues, support the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor program as well as student research, offers a free clothing closet for any students in need, and provides the sexual health programming on campus. We also sponsor a yearly conference for students and researchers.

Let's Make HERstory! – 5-7 p.m., NUC, Room 421, Will Rogers 

Everybody is tired of HIStory. Now it's time for HERstory! Come to learn of the resources for women on campus while learning how you can help with women empowerment not only on campus but within our community. Guys don't be afraid to come out as well...we need you.

Sponsor: American Association of University Women (AAUW) – AAUW@Central works to promote equity for women on campus through advocacy, education, and awareness events. 

Focus + Determination + Engagement = Success – 6-8 p.m., NUC, Room 201

College students today, community leaders tomorrow. Join the UCO NAACP and discuss how community advocacy is essential to your student and personal success. There will be food, prizes and helpful information on how to navigate through the university lifestyle. 

Sponsor: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – The NAACP was founded in 1909 to ensure equality at all levels for minorities and alleviate prejudice on the basis of race. UCO NAACP is contributing to the advancement of colored people by providing a space to discuss, bond, and educate those on campus. 


Friday, Aug. 31

Women’s Outreach Center Pop-in – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., NUC, Room 113

"A powerful man is a leader, a powerful woman is an anomaly" - Margaret Atwood. 

The Women's Outreach Center invites you to Pop In on Friday, August 30th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for snacks, WOC swag, and resources to help you make 2018-2019 your most empowered year yet! Pick up your Roadmap to Success and connect with resources to help you on your journey here at UCO. Free limited-edition t-shirts for the first 30 visitors!

Sponsor: University of Central Oklahoma Women’s Outreach Center – The UCO Women’s Outreach Center is dedicated to the promotion of women’s leadership and advocating on behalf of gender equity. 


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