Alignment through Community

The Case of a Metropolitan University and the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • John F. Barthell University of Central Oklahoma
  • David Castillo Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Liliana Rentería Mendoza University of Central Oklahoma
  • J. David Macey University of Central Oklahoma
  • Charlotte K. Simmons University of Central Oklahoma
Keywords: partnerships, urban planning, development, cultural competencies

Abstract

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) is a public metropolitan university that has developed a highly collaborative relationship with the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HC). This partnership unites several UCO divisions and the HC in support of a set of shared goals, articulated in UCO’s “Vision 2020” strategic planning document and in the HC’s seven community development priorities, which include business development, cultural and environmental stewardship, workforce development, and education. To facilitate these partnerships, UCO’s Division of Academic Affairs has reorganized its administrative structure to create an Office of Global and Cultural Competencies, which includes a Director of Cultural Outreach and Diversity Strategies, who serves as on-site liaison to the HC; the Division of Academic Affairs also has representation on the HC Board of Directors. These shared efforts provide a means for securing extramural funding, internships, and new leadership programs that will sustain the partnership and affect a growing demographic and economic segment of Oklahoma City. Within the university, this partnership complements the diversity and inclusion initiatives of UCO’s Division of Student Affairs and promotes the legislative and economic initiatives led by UCO’s Division of Public Affairs. This article addresses the often-unrecognized role that a university’s academic mission plays in anchoring community partnerships, and it contributes to best practices in fulfilling an institutional commitment to serve diverse, metropolitan populations.

Author Biographies

John F. Barthell, University of Central Oklahoma

John F. Barthell is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). He previously served for seven years as the Dean of the College of Mathematics and Science. His 24-year career at UCO has emphasized student-centered approaches to education, especially in undergraduate research. In addition to serving as a nationally elected Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research, he has now served as the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI of seven National Science Foundation grants that support Transformative Learning (High-Impact Educational) learning practices.

John F. Barthell, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
Email: jbarthell@uco.edu
Telephone: 405-974-3371
Fax: 405-974-3519

David Castillo, Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

David Castillo is the President/CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He oversees chamber operations and program development. He has over 12 years of experience helping Hispanic entrepreneurs establish and grow businesses through his leadership in expanding and developing the Hispanic Chamber.

David Castillo
President/CEO
Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
3321 S. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Email: david.castillo@okchispanicchamber.org
Telephone: 405-616-5031

Liliana Rentería Mendoza, University of Central Oklahoma

Liliana Rentería Mendoza is the Director for Oklahoma City Cultural Outreach and Diversity Strategies. In her role, she works closely with the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce providing program development and grant writing support to the CEO/President David Castillo. She has been instrumental in supporting new and existing Academic Affairs and university-wide initiatives with the chamber and other community organization in Oklahoma City with a particular focus on South Oklahoma City.

Liliana Rentería Mendoza, M.A.
Director, OKC Cultural Outreach and Diversity Strategies
Global and Cultural Competencies
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
Email: lrenteria@uco.edu
Telephone: 405-974-5762
Fax: 405-974-3843

J. David Macey, University of Central Oklahoma

J. David Macey serves as Assistant Vice President for Global and Cultural Competencies in the Office of Academic Affairs and as Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma. Through the Office of Global and Cultural Competencies, he coordinates a range of programs related to inclusion, diversity, and globalization including faculty recruitment and retention initiatives, international academic partnerships and exchanges, community outreach and engagement activities, and education abroad programs.

J. David Macey, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President
Office of Global and Cultural Competencies
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
Email: dmacey@uco.edu
Telephone: 405-974-5922
Fax: 405-974-3843

Charlotte K. Simmons, University of Central Oklahoma

Charlotte K. Simmons is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). In this role she provides the financial planning that underlies several programs that support Hispanic initiatives on the UCO campus. She is also a nationally recognized author of subjects pertaining to the History of Mathematics (The Best Writing on Mathematics in 2012) and serves as a Councilor and Executive Board member for the Council on Undergraduate Research. As a former Dean of the College of Mathematics and Science, she laid the groundwork for the Donald Betz STEM Research and Learning Center on the UCO campus.

Charlotte K. Simmons, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
Academic Affairs
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
Email: cksimmons@uco.edu
Telephone: 405-974-2538
Fax: 405-974-2538

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Published
2019-06-13