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UCO College of Liberal Arts names new director of leadership minor

Alyssa Provencio
Alyssa Provencio

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts recently named Alyssa Provencio the new director of the leadership minor.

Provencio, an assistant professor in UCO’s Department of Political Science, serves as president of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association and on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)/Undocumented Student Task Force. She holds a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from Kansas State University with minors in leadership and business administration, and a master of professional studies in public service from the University of Arkansas. Provencio received her doctorate in fire and emergency management administration from Oklahoma State University.

Provencio has contributed to many interdisciplinary programs at UCO and is now sponsoring a proposal for an undergraduate major in disaster management. She has supported student efforts such as Latinx Heritage Month and Women’s History Month and has served as a mentor for the Hispanic Success Initiative and the multicultural sorority, Kappa Delta Chi.

UCO’s leadership minor, established in fall 2006, provides students with a foundation for modeling effective change and can be tailored to fit any degree program. A major focus for the leadership minor is to infuse equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the curriculum.