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University Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement

The mission of University Recruitment, Retention and Community Engagement is to provide resources and opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth. This unit is engaged in activities designed to help create a more inclusively diverse community of learners at OSU. We aspire to work with all individuals interested in promoting this work. 
The Retention Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE) and the Inclusion Leadership Program (ILP) are among the initiatives set forth to accomplish these goals.
  • Retention Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE)

  • Inclusion Leadership Program (ILP)

TRIO and Sponsored Research Programs

TRIO programs are funded by grants from the Department of Education. They were initiated in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” TRIO Programs began in 1964 with the creation of three initial programs, they became known as the federal TRIO Programs. Since that time, more programs have been added, but the name remains the same.
  • Upward Bound (UB)

  • Student Support Services (SSS)

  • McNair Scholars Program

  • Talent Search (TS)

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Empowers Oklahoma State University students to think and act in ways that embrace and promote an inclusive world.
  • Provides support and guidance for diversity-related student organizations

  • Provides scholarship and mentorship opportunities to help students succeed

  • Sponsors academic seminars/workshops, cultural experiences, service learning experiences, and social engagement programs across campus


A consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 
Current goals and activities focus on:
  • Undergraduate research experiences

  • Graduate school preparation

  • International Experiences

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