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  • We are excited to honor Paula Marshall at our 61st Annual Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa on Thursday, October 24. Paula Marshall is the Chairman and CEO of The Bama Companies. (Continue reading in September 24, 2019, newsletter.)

  • Tonight we're honoring Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation at our Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner. We're celebrating his extensive record of service and outstanding commitment to improving human relations throughout the state. (Continue reading in September 10, 2019, newsletter.)

  • When Ginny Creveling, TulsaPeople’s 2006 Tulsan of the Year, talks about the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, she exudes enthusiasm.

  • We are only a few weeks away from our 2019 Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner honoring Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. The dinner is Tuesday, September 10, at the Oklahoma History Center. Individual tickets are available for $250, or $125 for young professionals (under 40). (Continue reading in August 26, 2019, newsletter.)

  • OCCJ is pleased to honor Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation during the 2019 Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the Oklahoma History Center. (Continue reading in August 13, 2019, newsletter.)

  • We've launched a new membership program - join to take the benefits for a spin! (Read more in the July 30, 2019, newsletter.)

  • The OCCJ staff is out of office this week facilitating Anytown Leadership Institute. We're excited to share this transformative program with over 50 delegates from across the state. (Continue reading in the July 16 newsletter.)

  • OCCJ Statement on Act of Vandalism & Assault
    OCCJ Statement on Act of Vandalism & Assault
  • As we welcome the beginning of a new month, we also celebrate the halfway point in 2019. As we gear up for one of our biggest programs of the year, we would like to take a moment to highlight just a few of the activities and successes we’ve enjoyed as a team...(Continue reading in our July 1, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Applications are now open for the Inclusive Leadership Institute powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. This dynamic leadership training approaches diversity and leadership issues from a no-fault, interactive foundation with the goal of affecting positive change. (Continue reading in June 18, 2019, newsletter.)

  • Anytown alumni, OCCJ staff and our friends at Phillips Theological Seminary walked in the Tulsa Pride Parade this weekend with our partners ONE Gas and TYPros. (Continue reading in June 2, 2019, newsletter.)

  • Anytown alumni, OCCJ board members and supporters are invited to join us for the Tulsa Pride Parade on Saturday, June 1. Parade steps-off promptly at 6:00 p.m. and our group will meet up at 5:30 p.m. in the staging area at Boston United Methodist Church. (Continue reading in May 21, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Shawnee News-Star - Local residents were among the graduating from Leadership Oklahoma this past week.

    Founded in 1986, Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide nonprofit organization that educates and connects the state’s premier leaders to help make a positive impact on the future of the State.

    *OCCJ President and CEO, Moises Echeverria, was a member of this graduating Leadership Oklahoma class.

  • The deadline to apply for the 2019 session of Anytown Leadership Institute is June 15, 2019, leaving enough time for potential delegates to finalize applications and secure glowing letters of recommendation in order to join us at OSU-Stillwater this summer. (Continue reading in May 7, 2019 newsletter.)

  • OCCJ staff is reaching out to students, parents and counselors across the state to spread the word about Anytown Leadership Institute. From the Tulsa Kids Summer and Activities Fair to meeting with students in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, we welcome the opportunity to personally answer questions about this transformative leadership training. (Continue reading in April 23, 2019 newsletter.)

  • On Tuesday, April 2, Regional Coordinator Deaven Steele accepted a grant from the Northwest Oklahoma City Rotary Club on behalf of OCCJ. The grant funds scholarships for students to attend Anytown Leadership Institute this summer. (Continue reading in April 9, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Tulsa World - Gary Percefull, often found with a helmet strapped to his head and a crew of kids riding behind him, has no regrets about trading in his school board seat for a bike seat. Tulsa Public Schools’ longtime District 1 representative decided against pursuing a fifth term this year, instead choosing to focus more on volunteer work. (Story continued on tulsaworld.com).

    *Gary Percefull is a long-time Anytown Leadership Institute volunteer.

  • Join Circle Cinema on Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. for a celebration of extraordinary women in entertainment. The event includes a signing with author Elizabeth Weitzman for her book Renegade Women in Film & TV and a special screening of the 1953 film, "The Hitch-Hiker" directed by Ida Lupino, who was the first female director of film noir. (Continue reading in March 26, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Do you know an incoming high school sophomore, junior or senior who is ready to take their leadership skills to the next level this summer? Great news! Applications for Anytown Leadership Institute are now open! (Continue reading in March 12, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Black Wall Street Gallery presents the March opening of The Conciliation Series featuring Stacie Monday and Marjorie Atwood at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The Conciliation Series seeks to generate positive relations between, primarily, Tulsa’s black and white communities. (Continue reading in February 26, 2018 newsletter.)

  • The 2019 Trialogue series continues this Sunday, February 17, with the topic "Politics and Leadership." This session features a moderated panel discussion with Rep. Carol Bush, Tulsa City Councilor Kara Joy McKee and Rep. Monroe Nichols. (Continue reading in February 12, 2019 newsletter.)

  • In December, we offered some suggestions on how to action plan and set resolutions for 2019. Now that January is almost behind us, and Q1 is in full swing, we’re checking back in to see how you’re doing, give you some encouragement and put a few new things on your radar. (Continue reading in January 29, 2019 newsletter.)

  • KTUL - Dr. Gary Peluso Verdend, 2019 Trialogue Chair, appears on Good Day Tulsa ahead of the first session of the series. (Watch the segment on ktul.com.)

  • Tulsa World - The president of Concordia College-New York will be the speaker at the 32nd annual Knippa Interfaith Lecture. (Story continued on tulsaworld.com)

    *OCCJ is one of the organizers of the Annual Interfaith Knippa Lecture.

  • On Sunday, January 20, at 6 p.m. Boston Avenue United Methodist Church will host the MLK Interfaith Commemorative Service. (Continue reading in January 15, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Thank you for making memories and meaningful connections with us in 2018. We look forward to growing our relationship with you in new ways in the coming year. (Continue reading in January 1, 2019 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

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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 tulsaworld.com)

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

  • “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 June 7, 2018 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 gtrnews.com)

  • 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 tulsaworld.com)

  • 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 nbcnews.com)

  • 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 tulsaworld.com)

  • 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 newson6.com)

  • KTUL Channel 8 - Sarah Rana, Director of Programs, appears on Good Day Tulsa ahead of 2017 Interfaith Tour. (Watch full segment on ktul.com)

  • OCCJ Statement on Immigration Ban

    OCCJ Statement on Immigration BanOCCJ 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.

  • Daily Oklahoman
    Aug. 31, 2014

  • Tulsa People
    August 2014

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

  • Tulsa World
    June 18, 2014

  • Tulsa Kids
    June 2014

  • Tulsa People
    December 2013