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  • Thank you to the Anytown alumni, board members and friends who joined together to fundraise for OCCJ last week on #GivingTuesday. Your direct outreach helped fund scholarships for Anytown Leadership Institute and support our work in classrooms across the state. (Continue reading in December 4, 2018, newsletter.)

  • #GivingTuesday is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 27. To celebrate, we’re highlighting our intern, Savannah, who has volunteered with OCCJ as an Anytown Counselor and now serves as our Marketing and Communications intern. After Savannah’s story, we have a few ways you can support the work we do at OCCJ – from volunteering to hosting your own fundraiser on Facebook. (Continue reading in November 20, 2018, newsletter.)

  • We are delighted to recognize Clark and Michelle Wiens and Circle Cinema at our 60th Annual Awards Dinner this Saturday, November 10, at Cox Business Center. (Continue reading in November 6, 2018 newsletter)

  • Tulsa World - Moises Echeverria, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, said in a statement that the organization stands in solidarity with Jewish communities in Tulsa and Oklahoma.

    “Despite the distance that separates Tulsa and Pittsburgh, attacks against a community bring a painful reminder of the hate that exists everywhere and which can surface anywhere,” Echeverria wrote. “Our hearts are heavy for the senseless acts of hate and violence we continue to experience and witness. The dehumanization of individuals and groups, despite any differences, leads to blinded hate and human atrocities.”

  • OCCJ Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate and Violence

    OCCJ Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate and Violence

    October 2018

  • I am thrilled to join the OCCJ team as the program coordinator. Growing up in Tulsa, I didn’t have the opportunity to attend OCCJ programs, but since I have returned to the area as an adult, I have been blessed by the Interfaith Tour and Trialogue Series. (Continue reading in October 23, 2018, newsletter.)

  • Tulsa People (October 2018) - Michelle and Clark Wiens to be honored at upcoming OCCJ Gala. (Continue reading in the October 2018 digital edition of Tulsa People magazine.)

  • October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, and while celebrating diversity is something we do through our work each day at OCCJ, Diversity Month is a great opportunity to break out of routines and try something new. (Continue reading in October 9, 2018, newsletter.)

  • On Friday, we partnered with Sonic Drive-In to celebrate the recent addition of a Buddy Bench at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary is one of seven Oklahoma City Public Schools to receive a Buddy Bench and Different and the Same programming through a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation. (Continue reading in September 25, 2018 Newsletter)

  • KTUL Channel 8 - Sarah Rana is with the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. She said we should all report or respond to a problem as soon as possible.

    Rana said, “Instead of getting upset and walking off, I have turned that into an educational moment and tell people these are the facts or this is how you made me feel and actually have a conversation. Or we won't get anywhere."

  • Tulsa World - Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corp. this week announced about 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 72 from northeast Oklahoma.

    * Anytown Alumni Anna Byrd, McKenna Raley and Iyan Smith Williams were named National Merit Program semifinalists for 2019.

  • Deaven Steele, OCCJ’s Regional Coordinator, participated in Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Super Saturdays to raise awareness about OCCJ programs and recruit students for Anytown Leadership Institute. Joining her at the event were 2018 Anytown alumni Jaeln Daniels, Jasmin Chess and Tycia Britton, as well as prospective Anytown delegate Taleaha Lee. (Continue reading in September 11, 2018 Newsletter)

  • September is packed full of excitement for Tulsa, and on September 15 at River Parks Amira Al-Jiboori and Casii Stephan have planned an all-female music festival with a powerhouse lineup and mission that is as big as their passion for empowering women. (Continue reading in August 30, 2018 newsletter)

  • Join the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice for an evening celebrating Clark and Michelle Wiens and Circle Cinema at the 60th Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Cox Business Center. Reception at 6 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m. (Continue reading in August 16,2018 newsletter)

  • The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice was named the Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Award winner for 2018 Philanthropy Day by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter.

  • As summer winds down and classes begin at schools around the state, OCCJ would like to take a moment to share back-to-school events hosted by our friends in the nonprofit community. It’s our way of helping everyone enjoy a fresh start to the 2018-2019 school year. (Continue reading in August 2, 2018 newsletter)

  • The OCCJ staff is out of office this week leading programming at our 25th Annual Anytown Leadership Institute. We are excited for the growth of the program this year, with over 50 delegates participating in the institute, 19 volunteer staff members, and our new location on the Oklahoma State University-Stillwater campus. OCCJ board members and Anytown alumni attended Culture Night to celebrate the legacy of Anytown, and welcome the 2018 class of delegates to the Anytown family. (Continue reading in the July 12, 2018 newsletter.)

  • “Leadership Oklahoma is very proud of the 52 people chosen for this year’s program,” said Marion Paden, president, and CEO of The Ada News - Leadership Oklahoma. “Class 32 is a diverse group of outstanding leaders with a broad range of experience and interests who will enhance the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues impacting the state. Leadership Oklahoma is dedicated to recruiting, educating and connecting caring and committed Oklahomans and providing them with the information and network to create lasting change in Oklahoma.”

    *OCCJ President and CEO, Moises Echeverria, is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 32.

  • Lewana Harris was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a Development Instructor with ONEOK, as was well as an active leader in the community. She currently serves as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and volunteers with Junior Achievement. She has previously served on the boards of Association of Talent and Development (ATD), Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA), and ONEOK’s Women’s Resource Group...(Continue reading in July 5, 2018 newsletter.)

  • Tulsa World - Guardiola was nominated to attend Initiatives of Change, an international forum in Caux, Switzerland, that convenes about 1,500 participants from civil society, government and business. Run by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the forum aims “to build a just, sustainable and peaceful world,” according to its website.

    He will be one of four local delegates chosen for the July 3-9 forum. Aliye Shimi of the Islamic Society of Tulsa; Michelle Place, director of the Tulsa Historical Society; and Moises Echeverria, president of Oklahoma Center for Community Justice, also were chosen to attend. (Story continued on

    *Officer Guardiola, featured in this article, is a member of the OCCJ Board of Directors.

  • Mica Harding, a Tulsa native, is a Sr. Supervisor in Payment Services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. During his 11 years at BCBSOK, he has committed himself to service within the organization through involvement in the company’s Oklahoma Diversity and Inclusion Council, serving as State President of African Americans in Motion, and participating in other various diverse resource groups. Mica is currently a member of Leadership Tulsa’s flagship program (Continue reading in 6/21 newsletter)

  • “The Inclusive Leadership Institute was such an outstanding learning experience; even if you think you know a great deal about inclusion and leadership, I assure you that you’ll learn even more! Always ask, whose voice is not being heard?” (Continue reading in 6/7 newsletter)

  • Do you know an incoming sophomore, junior or senior who would benefit from a life-changing leadership training on a college campus? Anytown Leadership Institute is an award-winning human relations program that promotes self-confidence, inclusion and leadership. Delegates with diverse experiences and backgrounds build an inclusive community based on mutual respect and understanding and leave Anytown with a new network of friends and connections. (Continue reading in 5/24 newsletter)

  • GTR Newspapers - Moises Echeverria’s path to the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice began 15 years ago when he experienced firsthand the nonprofit organization’s mission to spread respect and understanding. (Story continued on

  • News on 6 - Applications are open for this year's Anytown Leadership camp. This year's summer camp has a new name and new location.

  • Tulsa Business and Legal News - Four volunteers from Tulsa-area organizations were among those honored during Leadership Oklahoma’s seventh annual Helping Oklahoma Recognition Program.

    Adrienne Watt Nesser, director of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice; Molly Jarvis with Big Brothers Big Sisters Tulsa; Brian West with Mental Health Association Oklahoma and Hayley Rose with Susan G. Komen Tulsa were among those nominated for awards.

  • GTR Newspapers - Since 2010, GTR Newspapers has annually offered a series to highlight individuals who are predicted to be newsmakers in the coming year.

    GTR’s Ten to Watch in 2018 are... (Continue reading on GTR)

  • Tulsa World - One of my favorite holidays I adopted since moving to the United States is Thanksgiving Day. There is something special about gathering with loved ones in a spirit of gratefulness. It is a time to recognize the opportunities made available to us and the ability to seize them. It marks the beginning of a very palpable change in people’s attitudes and behaviors. It is as though Thanksgiving Day opens the door to a sentiment of our shared humanity, where charity and kindness are at the forefront of people’s minds. (Story continued on

  • NBC NEWS - Moises Echeverria, president and CEO of OCCJ, said Muslims4Mercy will positively highlight the good work that the community is doing. He said it’s important to have meaningful conversations about hate and diversity and to come together and reach out to folks who are different." (Story continued on

  • Tulsa World - The energy and momentum Tulsa has created are evident as you walk around downtown, visit one of our vibrant commercial districts or see improvements and investments our city is making. It is a good time to be a Tulsan. (Continue reading on TW)

  • Tulsa World - As of late, I suspect what I’m feeling is a mid-life crisis sparked by both the recent murder of my sister and the process of preparing my eldest daughter for college. I’m simply not ready to let either of them go. (Story continued on

  • News on 6 - About 200 people came together Sunday in the name of compassion for the first of a three-part Trialogue series on compassion at the Islamic Center. The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice has organized similar events for the past 30 years but this year the need to have more compassion stood out even more. (Story continued on

  • KTUL Channel 8 - February 2, 2017

  • OCCJ Statement on Immigration Ban

    OCCJ Statement on Immigration Ban OCCJ Statement on Immigration Ban - January 28, 2017

  • KTUL Channel 8 - Thursday, November 17, 2016

  • The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) will honor Sam Presti, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, at the 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner to be held at the Skirvin Hilton on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.

  • Moises Echeverria, the new interim president and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, is at the helm of an organization that he says changed his life when he was a shy student at East Central High School who spoke broken English.

  • They are called buddy benches, and they will soon be turning up on playgrounds of area elementary schools.

  • Nabholz Construction’s Shane Fernandez will discuss how ethics and diversity drive innovation during the next Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium (OK Ethics) luncheon on March 24.

  • RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World, Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Tulsa World
    Sunday, May 3, 2015
    As Baltimore rages and Ferguson, Missouri, struggles to recover, Tulsa has survived the type of anger leading communities to ashes.

  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Sept. 10, 2014

  • Daily Oklahoman
    Aug. 31, 2014

  • Tulsa People
    August 2014

    J.D. Wessinger, featured in this article, is a Camp Anytown alum.

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    June 20, 2014

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    June 18, 2014

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    May 29, 2014

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    June 2014

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    December 2013

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