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African American Faculty/Staff Association Website

The African American Faculty and Staff Association’s (AAFSA) mission is to serve as an advocate for educational equity and to assist in meeting the professional needs of its members.

AAFSA has witnessed immense success and growth in a relatively short period of time. What started as a few employees sharing ideas at lunch in 2002, grew into a university approved organization in 2005. The organization has played a major role in promoting diversity initiatives and providing educational and cultural opportunities for its members. The association is strong, vibrant, visible and very active.

Some of AAFSA’s Recent Accomplishments:

  • The UCO Nigh University Center displays a mural depicting African American contributions to the University Community. The mural was unveiled in 2007.
  • Sponsored Black History Month Reception (2007) honoring long time faculty member Dr. Charles Simmons and former state senator Ms. Angela Monson.
  • Two AAFSA nominees, Ms. Elizabeth Threat (2005), and Dr. Paul Lehman (2006) were selected for the renowned UCO Alumni Associations Distinguished Former Student Award.
  • Sponsored Black History Month Receptions (2005, 2006) honoring UCO’s first African American graduate student (Elizabeth Threat, 1954) and UCO’s first undergraduate students (Murray Butler and Alberta Eddens, 1955). AAFSA was successful in locating all three of these honorees and bringing them on campus for the entire university to enjoy.

AAFSA members are very proud of the accomplishments established between the Association and the University Community. 

Johnny Watley

Johnny Watley 

President, African American Faculty Staff Association

Wellness Center, Room 222

100 N. University Drive, Box 99

Edmond, OK 73034-5209

Phone (405) 974-3155