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OHEN Symposium 2020 Information and Recorded Content:





Session recordings 

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Keynote: The Science and Power of Hope

The Power of One: Creating A Culture of Equity

Inclusive Student Services and Support: Oklahoma College and University Diversity Officers Panel

The Importance of Town and Gown in Oklahoma Communities: Lessons Learned in Collaboration

Action Planning & Wrap-up -  Operationalizing Hope in OK: Higher Education Success for All Students 


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Description of Event 

This online symposium will bring together faculty, instructors, and community engagement and student services professionals from Oklahoma institutions of higher education 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. Specifically, the Engaged: OK Symposium will focus on inclusivity in teaching, learning, and research, and on how race and ethnicity, along with diversity, equity, and inclusion components and related frameworks, can be integrated inside and outside of the classroom, and in the community.

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



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 

Dr. Hellman has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide; has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Fall of 2020. Dr. Hellman’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. He is also interested in the impact of prevention and intervention services on increasing and sustaining client hope. He 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. Dr. Hellman 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.