Anthony P. Natale, Ph.D., MSW
Director, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
Anthony P. Natale, Ph.D., MSW, serves as Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. In addition, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, joining the faculty in 2005. Dr. Natale teaches across the social work curriculum, including courses in Human Diversity and Societal Oppression, Human Services Administration, Social Welfare Policy Analysis, Community Organization and Development, Human Lifespan Development, and Human Sexuality. He was inducted into the Social Work Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence in 2015 and awarded the University of Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2019.
Dr. Natale's distinguished research record has evolved into four themes: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Belonging (IDEA-B) in higher education, HIV/AIDS health disparities among minoritized populations, trauma-informed interventions in social work practice, and social work with LGBTQQIPA2+ people.
Dr. Natale had held several administrative roles before his appointment in SWCHRS, including Social Work Graduate Coordinator, Assistant Director of the School of Social Work, and Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. As a social worker, Dr. Natale has committed his professional and academic career to advancing social, political, economic, and environmental justice for systemically and systematically marginalized and oppressed people.
Office Manager and Assistant to Executive Director
Katherine joined our team February 2018 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. Before joining our team, she worked the past 16 years for the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma where she held the positions of Program Manager, HR, Property and Procurement and Program Coordinator for the CCDF program. Katherine has received her Administrative Assistant I & II and Business Core Competency Certificates from Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma. She has also attend Cameron University and Comanche Nation College.
She is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and comes from Kiowa descent as well. She and her husband Daniel moved to Norman in September 2017. She has three children and three grandchildren, whom she loves spending time with. Now that she has seen her children through high school and one through college, she is inspired to continue to pursue her education in Business Administration which she plans to do in the near future.
Justin has served the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) for over 15 years. As Program Manager, he is responsible for orchestrating the efforts of NCORE staff to organize and develop the conference. He also manages the on-site conference event. Justin first joined the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) in 2001 as a temporary employee, working to update and digitize the NCORE mailing system. Over the years, he has served the conference in various capacities, including webmaster, marketing and public relations coordinator, exhibit coordinator, and audiovisual coordinator. He has also served as the secretary and coordinator for the activities of the NCORE National Advisory Council and the SWCHRS Executive Committee.
Justin developed a deep commitment to act in support of social justice and racial equity projects through his service to and emersion into the community of the NCORE conference. While a staff member of the Southwest Center, he also gained experience as intergroup dialogue facilitator, leading numerous dialogues on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. He has also facilitated caucus groups focused on anti-racist consciousness raising amongst white people. Justin has been a student of numerous developmental trainings focused on change making to create more just and equitable institutions. He is grateful for the opportunities he has had to attend trainings organized by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Social Justice Training Institute and the White Privilege Conference.
Prior to joining the Southwest Center, Justin served in the United States military as a highly decorated Weather Forecaster for the Air Force Air National Guard.
Kathie's work at SWCHRS includes sourcing future conference venues and hotels, negotiating contracts, and making all kinds of logistical arrangements. A lifelong learner, she earned a Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2007 and a Virtual Meeting Management certificate in 2020.
Kathie creates jewelry and other crafty things and lives by the motto "do something creative every day".
Debbie is our most recent graduate from the OU Extended campus’ accelerated degree program. She earned her B.A. in Organizational Leadership in her spare time over two quick years. Debbie’s hard work and perseverance not only earned her a degree but also a promotion within our department to Business and Virtual Meeting Manager. In this role, Debbie will continue to serve as the budgeting manager, exhibit and advertising manager, the point of contact for all contracting, and the organization of our virtual events such as webinars and our newest program, NCORE on line.
In her spare time Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, and game night with friends.
Graduate Research Assistant
Stephanie Salyer grew up outside a small town in Missouri. She earned her Mass Communication degree, with an emphasis in TV and Film, from Southeast Missouri State University. She also double minored in Creative Writing and Anthropology, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
During her time at Southeast, Salyer earned five different endowed scholarships, was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Sigma Tau Delta English International Honor Society. In 2017, she was given the “Outstanding Student of the Year” award from the Mass Media department.
Salyer recently graduated with Honors and Distinction from the University of Central Arkansas, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Film.
Graduate Research Assistant
Jovany Trevino is originally from Arlington, TX, and completed his undergrad at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he majored in Sociology and Political Science, as well as minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a first-year, Communication M.A. student at the University of Oklahoma, with an emphasis in Political and Mass Media Communication. His research interest regards the intersection of intercultural, political identity, social justice, and interdisciplinary studies as it relates towards the Latinx population. He has been accepted as a candidate for the WGS Center for Social Justice Graduate Student Research Fellows Program for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Outside of classes/work, he enjoys cooking, running, and traveling.