University-wide Initiatives

Learn more about programs that make an impact across all areas of UC and UC Health. Select an area below to learn more about funding priorities and how you can make a difference in the areas you value most.

UC Alumni Association

Annual Giving

UC Bearcats Pantry

Diversity Initiatives

Henry R. Winkler Center

Gen-1 House

Institute for Policy Research

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

UC Parents Campaign


A Salute to Service Program

Science Programs

Student Life

UCATS - UC Athletics Team Support

University Honors Program

UC International

UC Libraries

Provost Programs

Diversity Initiatives

As a public institution of higher education, the University of Cincinnati has an unquestionable interest in the creation of an inclusive, welcoming university community. We recognize a very broad concept of diversity that includes commonly recognized considerations such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religion and regional or national origin.

The educational benefits of a widely diverse campus community are many: exposure to multi-dimensional aspects of individuals and groups, opportunities to examine stereotypes, as well as variances in perspectives and thinking that ultimately enhance the learning process. Additionally, a diverse campus is essential to producing a vital workforce and preparing students for effective citizenship and public discourse in an increasingly diverse America.

There are many ways that alumni and friends can enhance support our efforts. From bolstering initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion — such as scholarships, special learning opportunities and enhanced support programs for students. A comprehensive list of priorities can be found below. For more information about giving to benefit diversity and inclusion at UC, please contact:

Dee Robinson
Vice President for Development
University of Cincinnati Foundation



A leadership development program for students that includes a 7-day trip to visit African American executives at Fortune 500 companies. Give Now.

African American Alumni Affiliate 

Reconnects African American alumni to the University through a series of programs, events, and activities.

African American Cultural & Resource Center 

Celebrating 20 years of connecting Campus, Community, and Continent, the Center's major focus is to address the academic, social, spiritual and cultural needs of the African American student population.  The Center sponsors the BASE & Transitions mentoring programs along with the Spring Break Tour and the Tyehimba Graduation Celebration. Give Now.

Africana Studies Department 

Established in 1970 and devoted to the academic study of the history, culture and politics of the African Diaspora.

African Americans in Math and Science (AAIMS) 

Scholarship program for students in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services who are interested in teaching math and science in Cincinnati Public Schools. Give Now.

Albert C. Yates Scholars Program 

Supports the recruitment and retention of under-represented ethnic students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with high potential for academic success in graduate programs. Give Now.

Business Diversity Pathway 

Specifically designed for the recruitment and support of underrepresented students who are interested in pursuing careers in business.  Activities include leadership conferences, shadow-a-student visits, financial aid sessions, entry exam preparation and mentoring programs. Give Now.

Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program 

Established in 1976 to provide scholarships for academically talented students. Contains the Georgia E. Beasley Scholarship, the William L. Mallory, Sr. Scholarship, the Robert & Lovie Ross Scholarship, the Donald & Marian Spencer Scholarship, the Donald & Marian Spencer Scholarship, the Solomon Taylor Scholarship, and the UFCW Local 1099 Scholarship. Give Now.

Dr. Allene W. Reed Scholarship 

Partial scholarships for second year doctoral students in psychology or education administration with preference being given to African American students. Give Now.

Dr. Angelene Jamison-Hall Scholarship 

Partial scholarships for students majoring in Africana Studies. Give Now.

Dr. Cheryll A. Dunn Scholarship 

Partial scholarships for women and minority students in technology attending the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Give Now.

Emerging Ethnic Engineering Program 

An academic program that seeks to increase the numbers of under-represented students (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American) who enroll and graduate from the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

Gen-1 Theme House 

An off-campus residence designed to provide first-year, first-generation students with the support needed to make a successful transition from high school to college within a safe, orderly and highly structured environment in which to live, learn and work. Give Now.

Lambda Society 

An honorary organization that acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of women of color and empowers them to be campus and community leaders.

Linda Bates Parker Scholarship 

Provides scholarship assistance to deserving students from the West End in Cincinnati, with preference being given to African American students or female students of color. Give Now.

Lucy Oxley African American Medical Student Scholarship 

Named in memory of the first African American to earn a medical degree from UC, this scholarship helps fund a medical education for students following in her footsteps. Give Now.

Robert McCants Scholarship 

Partial scholarships to African American students at UC Blue Ash studying real estate. Give Now.

Vashti Swann Scholarship 

Partial scholarships to freshman and sophomore students in DAAP majoring in architecture and interior design. Give Now.

Village Life Outreach Project 

The organization partners with the university to unite communities to promote life, health and education through experiential learning programs in Cincinnati and Tanzania. Give Now.


You may choose to support initiatives within your college, UCATS, or other university-wide scholarships or programs. 

Create Your Own 

You may decide to establish a personal gift fund in support of another initiative (example: book scholarship, study abroad stipend) with a minimum commitment of $5,000.
This will require a separate agreement.