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UCO Receives $360,029 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Dec. 8, 2021

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UCO Receives $360,029 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts recently received a $360,029 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to fund programs and projects to advance diversity initiatives, as well as provide opportunities to underserved communities in the Oklahoma City metro. Central is one of two higher education institutions in the state to receive this grant. 

The grant, part of the American Rescue Plan funding, is intended to assist cultural and educational institutions with recovery efforts from the economic impact of the pandemic, retain and rehire workers, and reopen sites, facilities and programs. 

“This grant will enable the College of Liberal Arts to provide an expanded range of interdisciplinary learning experiences that will promote equity, increase diversity and foster inclusion within our campus community and that will transform our campus culture,” said David Macey, Ph.D., interim dean for the UCO College of Liberal Arts.

“The college is deeply grateful for the outstanding work of the grant-application team on this critical project.”

The project, “Central Diversity,” will allow students to produce podcasts and documentaries focusing on different cultures and religions in the Oklahoma City area.

The grant will fund a lecture series featuring community cultural organizations, a minority graduate student mentoring program and the digitization of publications representing BGLTQ+ groups.

Additionally, the grant will support hiring up to 30 students to assist with projects, provide supplemental research funds and support existing programs, including the publication of student-run journals and UCO Speech and Debate.

For more information about NEH and the American Rescue Plan, visit

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