Oklahoma City’s Emerging Hispanic Community: New Partnerships, New Successes

  • Mark A. Kinders University of Central Oklahoma
  • Myron L. Pope University of Central Oklahoma
Keywords: University of Central Oklahoma, Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Faculty Staff Association, Latino Community Development Association, College-going Hispanic Students.


The University of Central Oklahoma’s new strategic plan sought to increase its connection to the emerging Hispanic community in Oklahoma City. Simultaneously, the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was seeking a higher education partner. This case study describes resulting new programs for Hispanic students and businesses. The relationship inspired the newly formed UCO Latino Faculty & Staff Association to connect UCO to the Hispanic community while providing greater opportunities for Hispanic student success.

Author Biographies

Mark A. Kinders, University of Central Oklahoma

Mark A. Kinders is the UCO vice president for public affairs, with responsibility for state, federal, community, local government, and business relations. He was the Cabinet coordinator to UCO’s strategic planning process resulting in Vision 2020, and he coordinated implementation of UCO’s sponsorship of the classroom/conference room at the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Myron L. Pope, University of Central Oklahoma

Myron L. Pope is the UCO vice president for student affairs, with responsibility for departments that provide opportunities for student development and enrollment management services. He has been instrumental in leading the campus’ strategic enrollment management processes and in developing collaborative programming in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area that are conducive to student recruitment and success.


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