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In response to COVID-19, capacities for campus venues have been reduced to allow for physical distancing. Click below to see adjusted capacities.

Adjusted Venue Capacities

The Henderson-Tolson Cultural Center (HTCC) is designed to create educational, political, and/or social awareness regarding issues of diversity for the University community, celebrating a multi-cultural student body and meeting the facility needs of a University organization and student groups on campus.

Events may be held in the HTCC Monday-Thursday between the hours of 5 PM - 11 PM.

Events outside of these times will be charged an additional fee and must be approved through the offices of Campus Scheduling and Student Life.

Managing Department of the space:

Campus Scheduling Office 
405-325-2121 | scheduling@ou.edu



Space Priority

Interior space at the HTCC shall be reserved through the Campus Scheduling Office and is assigned in the order requests are received. Priority for use of the HTCC goes to cultural groups associated with the office of Student Life. 

  • Priority of space is given in the following order (starting with the highest priority): 
    1. Black Student Association, Henderson Scholars Program, National Pan-Hellenic Council, NHPC Individual chapters
      • These groups may reserve space at any time in the JTMC for up to 2 years in advance.
    2. RSOs registered under the categories: Cultural or Multicultural Greek Council, OU Cousins
      • These groups may reserve space starting the first Tuesday in April for the upcoming year. Space reservations may be made up to 1 year in advance.
    3. Campus Activities Council, Interfraternity Council, Independent Greek Council, Panhellenic Association, Union Programming Board
      • These groups may reserve space on a semesterly basis. Space reservations will be allowed for the respective semester on the Saturday after the first week of classes have completed.
    4. All other RSOs and university departments.
      • These groups may reserve space on a semesterly basis. Space reservations (excludes weekly, recurring meetings and study halls) will be allowed for the respective semester on the Monday of the first week of classes for the semester.


Reserve Space at the HTCC

Click the appropriate button below for information on how your organization can reserve space for your event.



Available Spaces

In the HTCC, there are two Multipurpose Rooms on the first floor and a small lounge with a large meeting table on the second floor.

empty room with sun lit windows and mural on the back wall

Location: First Floor, South

Square Footage: 1,066

Existing Furniture: No

Integrated AV & Tech:  Screen

Lecture-Style Capacity: 90

Banquet Round Capacity: 64

Classroom-Style Capacity: 48

Conference-Style Capacity: 28

U-Shape Capacity: 40

Hollow Square Capacity: 46

Named in honor of Dr. George Henderson and his countless contributions as a groundbreaking professor, civil rights pioneer in higher education, and internationally revered race relations and civil rights scholar. 

The space features a large mural on the East wall with small windows on each side of the room.

Non-University Rate    
University Department Rate    
Student Organization Rate
$30 / hour$10 / hourFree
empty room with mural on the back wall and column in the middle of the space

Location: First Floor, North

Square Footage: 1,301

Existing Furniture: No

Integrated AV & Tech:  n/a

Lecture-Style Capacity: 91

Banquet Round Capacity: 56

Classroom-Style Capacity: 54

Conference-Style Capacity: 60

U-Shape Capacity: 66

Hollow Square Capacity: 72

Named in honor of Dr. Melvin B. Tolson, Jr. who broke barriers of racial discrimination in higher education, served as a role model showing the erudition that African Americans could achieve, and enthralled students with his enthusiastic teaching.

The space features a large mural on the East wall and can be separated into two rooms with a divider.

Non-University Rate    
University Department Rate    
Student Organization Rate
$30 / hour$10 / hourFree
square table surrounded by chair, with a couch  behind it; greek paddles on the wall

Location: Second Floor, Central

Square Footage: 642

Existing Furniture: Yes

Integrated AV & Tech:  n/a

Existing Seating: 14

The space features a large square table surrounded by chairs and limited lounge seating.

Non-University Rate    
University Department Rate    
Student Organization Rate
n/a$10 / hourFree


ou reserve

OU Reserve is the online space reservation tool for all registered student organizations and OU departments to use when booking space on campus.

Log-in to your account to make your space reservation in a quick, online fashion. 

OU Reserve



Take a Virtual Tour

Click below to start a virtual tour of the Henderson-Tolson Cultural Center.

To view the full buliding map for the HTCC, click here.