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The Power of One: Creating A Culture of Equity 

November 13, 2020



Session Description: 

Through its Service-Learning and Faculty Fellows for Excellence in Teaching programs, and the College’s vast Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, Tulsa Community College strives to attain multiple equity goals regarding student success, faculty development, and its work with community engagement professionals. For this panel discussion, moderator Dr. Karlos Hill, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, helps lead Tulsa Community College faculty members Dr. Kristen Marangoni, Mr. Tommy Chesbro, and Director of Culturally Relevant Practices (and former fulltime faculty), Dr. Dewayne Dickens through an exploration of course-, program-, and institution-based practices focused on the development of a culture of equity.



Tommy Chesbro, MHR

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Tulsa Community College

Mr. Chesbro is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulsa Community College. He has a Master's Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. He has thirty years of experience working in the field of health equity and social determinants of health. Mr. Chesbro has served on the Board of Directors for the National Minority AIDS Council, the Racial and Ethnic Minority Advisory Committee for the National Institutes of Health's Office of AIDS Research, and the Centers for Disease Control/Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV Advisory Committee. He has also served as a consultant to the Indian Health Service, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and numerous Tribal and Native owned organizations. Tommy is tri-racial, being of Cherokee, Lumbee, African American, and European heritage. He has given workshops and presentations at numerous national, regional, and state conferences across the United States, as well as presenting a workshop at the first HIV Skills Building Conference ever held in South Africa.

Dewayne Dickens, PhD

Director, Culturally Responsive Practices; former English faculty, Tulsa Community College


Dr. Dewayne Dickens is the Director of Culturally Responsive Practices for Tulsa Community College, a position to support students’ success. Through his office, students are assisted with their use of research-based study strategies, leadership development, and balancing of life concerns through success coaching. Dr. Dickens also served as a Developmental English Associate Professor at Tulsa Community College for over 18 years. Dr. Dickens is active in social justice issues throughout the region, as reflected in his work with several social justice organizations throughout the area, such as the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission, the Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice (OCCJ), Racism Stinks, and Oklahoma Humanities, along with serving as a board member for KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory.   


Kristen Marangoni, PhD

Assistant Professor, English, Tulsa Community College

Dr. Kristen Marangoni is an Assistant Professor of English at Tulsa Community College where she also coordinates the college’s service-learning program. Dr. Marangoni has been instrumental in helping many service-learning courses pivot to virtual models and is currently spearheading several multi-disciplinary service-learning projects that will help to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. She has been recognized for her work with service-learning and authentic audiences, and she enjoys presenting and publishing on topics related to service-learning, writing, and literature.