Programming Repertoire

Academic Achiever Dinner

This event celebrates the academic achievement of UCA’s minority students each spring.  Incoming freshmen who earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and upperclassmen who earn at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA are invited.

Amigo Fest

This is a cultural event that provides a first hand experience of the Latinx Culture to our UCA students and community. We have entertainment such as traditional music, traditional dancers, instructors who teach traditional dances and authentic traditional food to help people learn more about the Latinx culture.

Black History Month Programming

Each year, ODC assists various student groups with sponsoring targeted programs during the month of February.  Programming includes hosting speakers, the Stroll-Off Step Competition, and the Miss Essence Scholarship Pageant.

Black Male Achievement Challenge

Affectionately known as B-MAC, this program provides a specific focus on the enhancement, education, engagement, and enrichment of Black men/males at UCA.

Hispanic Cultural Programs

In conjunction with the Latino Student Association, cultural programming occurs such as Dia de Los Muertos, and the annual Latinx Graduation Dinner.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, ODC participates in and hosts various programs in celebration of Latinos.  Events are in place to foster inclusive excellence on campus and within the community. Past events have included Ernie G Comedy Show, the Cruzway Latino Concert, and Latino Cultural Exhibits.

Homecoming Greek Show

Each fall, ODC helps to coordinate what is considered to be one of the largest and most exciting events for African American students and alumni.  Over 2,000 guests witness the tradition of the UCA NPHC Greeks competing for the step show championship.

LGBTQ Programming

October is LGBT history month and receives recognition with Coming-Out Day and the UCA Pride Walk. ODC also hosts an assortment of events with guest speakers throughout the month and year. In addition, ODC sponsors transportation to the Central Arkansas Pride Fest and The Annual Lavender Graduation Dinner.

Life Skills Programming

In collaboration with the Minority Mentorship Program, various programs prepare students for success during and after college.  Program topics included Healthy Relationships, Test Anxiety Prep, Resume Building, and Self-Motivation.

MLK Prayer Breakfast 

This community event honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a featured speaker and other special guests.

Minority Graduation Dinner 

The event occasion recognizes the achievements of UCA’s underrepresented, graduating seniors and advanced degree students each fall and spring.  The students are asked to share their reflections about their UCA collegiate experiences.

Multicultural First Year International Student Celebration

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this dinner serves as an official welcome to the campus for freshman minority international students each fall.  During the event, the students have an opportunity to mingle with various administrators, faculty, and staff as well as hear an inspirational speech from a special guest speaker.

Native American Heritage Month

During November, the ODC celebrates American Indian tribes with educational programming that highlights culture, language, traditions, and cross-cultural understanding.

Next Level Leadership Seminars

Such seminars target student leaders and/or those interested in getting involved.  The seminars help students with comprehensive development that includes best practices for conflict mediation, enhancing communication skills, setting a vision and goals, and gaining knowledge on organizational management and development, etc.

Project X Early Arrival Program

Hosted by the office to give men of color a head start to their UCA academic journey by exposing them to resources, brotherhood, leadership development, and the best practices to achieve success.

SAFA Trainings

These seminars are designed to train minority student organizations on the Student Government Association fee allocation process. Student leaders receive instruction on how to dress, how to design their proposals, and how to make an effective presentation to the SGA Finance Committee.

Safe Zone Training

In collaboration with community guest speakers and the Office of University Training, seminars are facilitated to raise awareness and to foster inclusive excellence on campus.

Slice of UCA

This wide-reaching event gives minority high school seniors, who have received early acceptance to UCA, an opportunity to learn more about Financial Aid, Scholarships, Academic Advising, and Housing.  In addition, students and their guests are able to meet and speak with UCA faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the campus environment, expectations, and opportunities for student involvement and leadership.

Transitions Programming

This series of programs is a joint venture between ODC and the Minority Mentorship Program in August each year.  The week offers entertaining, enlightening, and empowering activities and events for minority students.  During the week, the incoming freshmen sign up for the mentorship program and are introduced to their mentors.

Women of Excellence

The launched the Women of Excellence (WOE) initiative in August 2016 to offer enriching experiences such as conversations and activities that address self-esteem and academics as well a leadership, social, and personal development. The ultimate goal of WOE is to help reduce the overall gap between African American female and Caucasian female achievement, retention, and graduation rates.

Women’s History Month

In collaboration with various student organizations, academic departments, and other operational units, female guests with local, state, regional, and/or national prominence visit campus to offer a multicultural representation of women’s achievement and career attainment. As a part of the programs, the office hosts the Annual Women’s Tea which serves as a fundraiser for a non-profit agency that focuses on helping women and children.

OTHER SERVICES

The ODC staff serves as advocates for students and work in primary advisory capacities for five organizations and as secondary advisors for six other organizations.  Each day, the staff provides one-on-one mentoring and encourages students to engage in various organizations and to take advantage of leadership opportunities at UCA.