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NOVEMBER 13th, 2020 

Registration will open soon for this virtual event.
No cost for attending

Description of Event 

The first annual Engaged Oklahoma Network Symposium will bring together faculty, instructors, community engagement and student services professionals from Oklahoma institutions of higher education. Each year, we will come together to share best practice research and to develop, statewide, regional, and place-based action plans to promote equity and a commitment to civic responsibility and community engagement.

Sponsored by: OU's

​​​Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS)
The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE)
The Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost (OSVPP)


Primary Contacts

Jane Irungu

Jane Irungu Associate Provost, Inclusive Faculty Excellence
Executive Director, SWCHRS
OU-Norman (

Joy Pendley

Joy Pendley Associate Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
Director, Community Engagement
OU-Norman (

Committee Members

Lindsay Echols

Lindsay Echols Executive Director of Campus Compact and Director of Student Affairs and Diversity
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Kathleen Shea Smith

Kathleen Shea-Smith Associate Provost for Academic Advising
Academic Advising Resource Center, OU-Norman

Ken Randall

Ken Randall Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement
Co-Director of Office of Community Engagement
Professor, College of Allied Health, OU-Tulsa

Cindy Shanks

Cindy Shanks Dean of Engaged Learning
Tulsa Community College 

Marcia Shottenkirk

Marcia Shottenkirk Professor for Liberal Studies and Director of Service Learning
Department Head for Liberal Arts and Developmental Reading and Writing
Redlands Community College


Tentative Program

9:00-10:15 am: Introductions and Keynote Address The Science and Power of Hope"


Chan Hellman

Dr. Chan Hellman 
Professor, Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion Science – College of Public Health 
Director, The Hope Research Center
The University of Oklahoma 

Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and 
international conferences worldwide. Chan has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Fall of 2020. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma 
and adversity. This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma Informed” training program. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book “Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life”
with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James. 

Chan Joined the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Chan is a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of The Hope Research Center. Chan holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the 
Department of Health Promotion Sciences for the OU College of Public Health. Chan has numerous scholarly publications in scientific journals, technical reports, books and has presented his research at both national and 
international conferences. Chan’s research is focused on the application of hope theory to those impacted by trauma and adversity. He is also interested in the impact of prevention and intervention services on increasing 
and sustaining client hope. Chan teaches master’s and doctoral level students primarily in the areas of research methods, and statistics. He also directs student research in the areas of hope, well-being and hope 
centered organizations.


1) 10:30-11:50 am: Inclusive Teaching: How to Work with Faculty to Integrate Culturally Appropriate Pedagogy

2) 12:00-1:20 pm: Inclusive Student Services and Support: DEI Leaders' Panel 

3) 1:30-2:50 pm: Community Engagement Research and Creative Activity 

4) 3:00-4:00 pm: Action Planning (Breakouts by Region) 

5) 4:30 pm: Wrap up