The overarching theme of Multicultural Student Affairs is “Access and Opportunity.” It is this statement which drives us to identify and work towards addressing the needs of underserved populations. International student life consists of coordinating the new student orientation session for international students each fall and a welcome session for those students arriving during summer I and summer II sessions. In addition multicultural student affairs collaborates with multicultural student association to facilitate substantial campus\ community wide programs such as FACES, International Food Fair, Mr. & Miss International OCU pageant, International Day at the Capital and TESOL conversations hour. The “Mind The Gap” program is a way of looking at international student engagement that bring synergy to the campus connection provided for this demographic. The seamless and transparent approach to delivery of services binds both curricular and co-curricular programming which insures the needs of our international student population are being met at every level. Each student served by this initiative will have a much clearer understanding of services available to them and how these services create profound opportunities for cross-cultural learning.
Mind The Gap is a university wide approach to building community through global relationships that are conceived within our campus community. Oklahoma City University recognizes the cultural, social, and educational gaps that exist throughout our world. We strive to continually enrich our community culturally and understand the value that diversity provides in the academic community. We are resolute in our mission to prepare our students to become effective servant leaders in service to their communities and with this charge we have compiled social, cultural and co curricular programming that accentuates the academic experience for our students.
The phrase “Mind the gap” is used in London as a warning to train passengers of the gap between the train door and the station platform. Our use of the phrase serves as a reminder of the barriers and challenges that this gap represents. This gap represents the missed communication that exists when cultures fail to appreciate the value that each brings, the systemic access limits that are associated with higher education, and the opportunities lost to build relationships. Our desire is to continually develop programs that eradicate these gaps. The associated program application provides opportunities for the OCU community to be partners in a more global community.
These programs provide a cultural gateway into the mission and vision of our university. Through these programs the OCU community will become more culturally sensitive, more culturally centered and more immersed in the global experience at our University.