Past Events

Diversity Learning Series Past Events

Previous Diversity Learning Series Events

The Impact of the Pandemic on Minority Communities

The OSUIT Diversity & Inclusion Committee welcomed Timothy Hicks, Dr. Teressa Hunter and Toby Jenkins for a speaker panel about the Impact of the Pandemic on Minority Communities.

This event took place on December 9 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Speakers

Teressa Hunter, Ph.D., RN, serves as the Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions (SoNHP) at Langston University. She earned her bachelor's degrees in biology and nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma; master's in nursing at the University of Oklahoma, OKC campus, and Ph.D. in nursing at Texas Woman's University. She provides oversight of three programs within the SoNHP, including nursing, healthcare administration, and public health. The nursing programs are located on the Langston and Tulsa campuses and at the UCSO in Ardmore.

Timothy Hicks is Chief Operating Officer of Hospital Services at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. A native of Beggs, OK, Hicks earned his undergraduate degree from Northeastern State University and obtained his Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration at Southern Nazarene University. He was recently named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40.

Toby Jenkins, Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) based in Tulsa. OkEq is Oklahoma’s oldest gay rights organization which works for social justice and full inclusion for Oklahoma’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens and their allies. Jenkins served as a minister for 16 years and through the Tulsa County District Courts for 15 years.

"Systemic Racism" Speaker Panel featuring Bishop Frederick M. Brown, Ms. Jace Cuney DeCory, Terra Branson-Thomas and Dr. Lewis Brogdon

Live streamed via Zoom on Nov. 6, 2020.

Bishop Frederick M. Brown

Bishop Frederick M. Brown, Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina is the founder and senior pastor of The Faith Center Church in Bluefield, West Virginia and Faith Center Church of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Caroline and the presiding bishop for the Communion of Covenant Ministries International.

Ms. Jace Cuney DeCory

Ms. Jace Cuney DeCory (Lakota/Oceti Sakowin/Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), Asst. Professor Emerita, American Indian Studies, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, retired in June 2017, after teaching American Indian Studies classes at BHSU for 33 years in the College of Liberal Arts.  

Terra Branson-Thomas

Terra Branson-Thomas, a citizen of Muscogee (Creek) Nation, currently serves as the Secretary of the Nation & Commerce. The Secretary of the Nation & Commerce is an appointed and confirmed cabinet position responsible for the Nation’s economic development,intergovernmental relationships, and social welfare policy development.

Dr. Lewis Brogdon

Dr. Brogdon serves as the Research Professor of Preaching and Black Church Studies at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky. He has served in numerous positions in undergraduate and graduate institutions as a professor – Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies at Louisville Seminary and Religion and Biblical Studies at Claflin University, and an Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Bluefield College. He also served those institutions as an administrator – the founding director of Louisville Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program, Provost at Simmons College of Kentucky, and Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at Bluefield College.

"Preferred Pronouns" with Dr. Christine Pappas

As part of its Diversity Learning Series in September, the OSUIT Diversity & Inclusion Committee welcomed Dr. Christine Pappas to talk about the use of preferred pronouns.

Dr. Christine Pappas is chair and professor of Political Science and Legal Studies in the Department of Politics, Law, and Society at East Central University. She earned her BA, MA and PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her JD at the University of Nebraska College of Law. She teaches Political Science Research Methods, Constitutional Law, Women in Politics, Tribal Politics and other classes.

Pappas has been the faculty sponsor for ECU PRIDE since 2001, and her research examines how minority communities—including LGBTQQIAP+ people—gain rights in a democracy. Her specialty is US Supreme Court decision-making.

She is a licensed attorney and director of the Native American Legal Clinic at ECU, which serves the ECU community as well as the surrounding Native American population. The clinic is forming a specialty for legal name changes and changing gender markers on birth certificates. Pappas also serves as the chair of the City of Ada Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism.

"Creating a Culture of Diversity" with Dr. Jacob Frias

Dr. Frias, vice president at L Brands, the parent company to Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret, spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.