A way to show respect for a transgender person is to use their correct pronouns. In this post, we will talk about what pronouns are, how we use them and, and the importance of it all.
"Every person deserves to feel like they belong, and I have never felt like I belonged somewhere more than I did at Anytown Leadership Institute."
As we celebrate Pride and all that it means to our communities, I believe we must also educate ourselves about both current and past injustices and seek ways to be better allies. To me, this means respecting and creating space for LGBTQIA+ community members to exist in their true identities while also stepping back and educating myself on their experiences.
Our President and CEO Moises Echeverria shares his thoughts on OCCJ's new Mission and Vision statements.
We are thrilled to welcome five new board members in 2021!
Dr. Dewayne Dickens
Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend
Meet Kayvon, our Marketing and Communications Intern from ORU! She was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, and is a senior at ORU! She's pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema/ Television/and Digital Media and has always had a passion for entertaining, whether it be telling stories to my family or recreating events or situations.
February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, a special time to honor Black and African American culture and achievements.
A conversation for Oklahomans who are concerned about the rise of hate and bigotry.
The pandemic is forcing celebrations of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. to take different forms this year. If your classroom, household, or workplace is looking for ways to honor the legacy of Dr. King, we offer the following educational resources to help you in your journey of understanding the life and impact of one of the great Civil Rights leaders of our time.
Remember, during stressful times, you can also belong to yourself. Honor who you are, what you need, and recognize what you can do to support yourself. This is not selfish, but a form of self-care.
While mindfulness, empathy, and self-care are all daily practices, sometimes we need extra support for extraordinary situations. Such is the case with the 2020 election, a charged moment in our country which will likely affect various aspects of our future. After a campaign season fraught with tension and struggle, coping with the election results will require personal agency and resources.
As I reflect on the 2020 honorees, I believe that they not only embody the vision and mission of OCCJ but every day they put others first. To help others, to run into danger to help a stranger, to keep our city clean, to go to work when others are at home, and to do this without regard or a requirement for recognition.
As the pandemic wears on, most of us yearn for ways to meaningfully engage and feel more present. In this increasingly complicated time, I’m here to offer a solution with many applications and an equal number of benefits - mindfulness.
The Contact Hypothesis is a theory that describes the possibilities inherent when people connect...Reducing prejudice and sustaining efforts at inclusion through contact takes a little more effort. OCCJ is here to help promote inclusion and breaking down barriers between people.
A reflection on OCCJ's history and work from the Honorary Chair of our 2020 Oklahoma City Annual Awards, Jalal Farzaneh.
Welcome to our 2020 fall practicum intern, Erika Stone-Burnett.
We were honored to host another installment of our "Community Conversations series" focusing on how art informs activism and change. During this panel, four experts discussed the different ways art can inspire change and influence movements.
OCCJ’s Inclusive Leadership Collective (ILC) is pleased to announce the 2020 cohort of the Inclusive Leadership Institute powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.
Thad Ernst is a proud Tulsan. Former director of High School ministries at FUMC Tulsa, Thad has a huge heart for people and for helping them reach their full potential. He is currently looking for a new opportunity in his career but he will keep running along.
We are excited to formally announce our newest program in collaboration with the 1921 Race Massacre Commission, the Youth Race and Leadership Forum.
Ahead of the fall session of the Inclusive Leadership Institute, we're reconnecting with some of our alumni! Marcia Keesee was a member of the Fall 2018 ILI cohort. Marcia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. In addition to holding the position of VP- Organizational Development, Community Relations and Training for CREOKS Health Services, she is an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College in the Human Services department.
As parents and educators continue to navigate the new normal during COVID-19, we are excited to offer portions of our popular school-based program, Different and the Same on our website! Bookmark this post with all of the offerings in order. Different and the Same is produced by Family Communications, Inc.
In March, we announced that we were shifting to remote work to prioritize the health and safety of our program participants, volunteers, and staff. Given the nature of our programs and outreach, we understood this would be an adjustment, but moved forward resolute in our commitment to the rich history of our organization.
When embarking on this new journey, we outlined our commitment to several strategies. In the coming weeks, we will announce new partnerships and initiatives, so we are taking a moment to discuss how we met each of these commitments, and thank you for supporting us to this point.
Ahead of the fall session of ILI, we're reconnecting with some of our alumni! First up is Jenny Flower who was a member of the 2019 ILI cohort. Jenny is a mother of two adult children and two toddlers, She is a published writer and poet, and a veteran educator who recently moved into the mental health field. She offers individualized, online guided meditation sessions at thegoldminds.com. She currently works as a Care Coordinator for CREOKS and is seeking her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at OU-Tulsa.
There may not be a traditional Anytown this summer, but we're not going to let that dampen our Anytown spirit. We're using this time to reconnect with some of our Anytown delegates to see what they are up to. If you are an Anytown alumni and would like to share your story, contact Sandi Cox at email@example.com.