Belonging & Opportunity

The University of Oklahoma serves to be a place of belonging and emotional growth for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and patients. Each member of our campus communities is responsible for creating a culture that welcomes all, celebrates experiences, and ensures voices are valued.

Belonging and Opportunity Committee

The Belonging and Opportunity Committee (BOC) is charged with coordinating and advancing HSC Belonging and Opportunity programs, coordinating related efforts with the University’s Access & Opportunity Division, and implementing efforts toward Pillar 4 of the HSC Lead On Strategic Plan.

Kathy Agnew
Human Resources
Marsha Beatty
College of Dentistry
Mark Britton
College of Allied Health | Academic & Student Affairs
Monty Cavanagh
School of Community Medicine
Maria Esparza
Health Sciences Student Affairs
Helina Hoyt
Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing | Academic Affairs
Shannon Ijams
School of Community Medicine | PA Program
Vince Lepak
College of Allied Health | Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Darcy Maelzer
Accessibility & Disability Resource Center
Makenna Garrison
Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing | Student Affairs
Melissa Medina
College of Pharmacy
Maria Mendez
Provost Office
Gary Perez
College of Medicine | PA Program
Jennifer Richardson
College of Pharmacy | Recruitment & Admissions
Robert Salinas
Access and Community Engagement
Kate Stanton
Health Sciences & OU-Tulsa Student Affairs
Lancer Stephens
Hudson College of Public Health | Sovereignty, Opportunity, Belonging, & Engagement
Dee Terrell
Hudson College of Public Health | Sovereignty, Opportunity, Belonging, & Engagement
Amy Tucker
Graduate College
Valerie Williams
Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
Donna Wood
College of Dentistry | Dental Hygiene

Multicultural Student Services

OU Health Sciences is home to many Student Government Association (SGA) recognized interdisciplinary groups focused on the celebration and advocacy of underserved communities in Oklahoma. These organizations are supported by HSC & OU-Tulsa Student Affairs, HSC Admissions & Records, and International Support Services, as well as each college.

Multicultural Student Organizations

International Student Services

LGBTQ+ Resources

Veteran Student Services

Campus Events & Programs

Connections are an integral piece in feeling a sense of belonging within a campus culture. Check out the various calendars for connection opportunities, holidays, and special events.

Student Calendar

Faculty Calendar

Staff Senate Events

Community Outreach Program Office

The Community Outreach Program Office was established to identify and, in coordination with other campus resources, fill existing gaps in outreach and recruitment of underserved communities into Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Math (STEMM) careers in higher education. The initiatives of this office are focused on strengthening the congruency between the University’s values of belonging and opportunity and the campus culture to ensure the success of minority students on the Health Sciences campus. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to utilize this office as a resource for needs relating to STEMM education, community outreach and engagement. 

For assistance with STEMM education project proposals, grants, research, and campus initiatives, please contact Maria Mendez Garcia at (405) 271-3223.


All University members are encouraged to participate in on-campus trainings and off-campus training to increase self-awareness, enhance understanding of others, and support a positive, engaging campus community culture. Some training opportunities include:

Division of Access & Opportunity Trainings

Gender Equality Center Trainings

Human Resources Trainings

Accommodation Resources

Students requesting academic accommodations should visit the Accessibility & Disability Resource Center.

Employees requesting accommodations should visit Human Resources.

Reporting Pathways

The Institutional Equity Office reports to the President and Board of Regents and handles discrimination claims, affirmative action plans, claims involving the Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy and gender equity issues related to athletics.

Students interested in additional reporting pathways, please visit here.

Employees interested in additional reporting pathways, please visit here.


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Everyone has a role to play in creating a connected campus community, and these resources are here to support and empower you on your journey. Join us in building a culture that celebrates individuals, fosters meaningful connections, and cultivates a true sense of belonging for all members of the OUHSC family. Please click the button below to request the addition of new resources and initiatives to this page.