Roksana Alavi, PhD
Integrative Studies Program
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dr. Roksana Alavi is an Associate Professor of Integrative Studies at OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies, an affiliate faculty at the OU Philosophy department, and Women and Gender Studies department. Before teaching for OU, Dr. Alavi was an assistant professor of Philosophy in South Texas College.
Dr. Alavi received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Kansas and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. Her research focuses on identity formation, race, gender, rights, stereotyping, and oppression in the field of social and political philosophy, as well as issues of human trafficking, both locally and globally. Her most book titled, Iranian Identity, American Experience: Philosophical Reflections on Race, Rights, Capabilities, and Oppression, published in 2021 focuses around Iranian American experience and identity.
Dr. Alavi has been teaching both online and on-campus courses for OU since 2011. She has developed and taught courses on ethics of leadership, diversity, women of Middle East, and human trafficking. She also developed the Diversity minor and graduate certificates. She is actively engaged in both OU community and beyond in promoting social justice and creating a more inclusive environment.
Richard L. Allen (Cherokee), EdD
Research and Policy Analyst, Cherokee Nation
Richard Allen has been working with the Cherokee Nation for 26 years and has only spent eight years away from northeast Oklahoma.
As policy analyst for the Cherokee Nation, Allen prepares policy documents, white papers, and research papers in support of cultural identity; tribal sovereignty; Cherokee history; anthropology; and federal, state and tribal legislation. In addition, he acts as a liaison between the Cherokee Nation and appropriate federal, state and tribal agencies, as well as dealing with Veterans, the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act and Section 106 issues of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Previously, Allen was director of the Jack Brown Center for the Cherokee Nation, supervising more than 30 employees in a long-term residential treatment center for American Indian adolescents in need of treatment for alcohol and substance abuse and behavior issues. He also served as education liaison for the Center, planning and coordinating education and training activities.
Amy C. Bradshaw, PhD
Professor of Learning Design & Technology|
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Amy C. Bradshaw is a Professor of Learning Design and Technology in The University of Oklahoma's Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education with expertise in visual communication for teaching, learning, and problem solving, and critical pedagogy. Since committing to centering equity and inclusion in all aspects of her professional responsibility, her teaching, research, and service efforts have become tightly interwoven. Her recent work at the intersection of culture, learning, and technology has been recognized with four national-level publication awards, a Presidential Session designation at her primary annual conference, a Presidential Award from her primary professional organization, a Leadership Award from OU's Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education, and The Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Award from OU's Women and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice. These acknowledgements bring her awards totals since joining OU to nine awards for publications, five awards for leadership and service, and an award for teaching and advising.
T. Elon Dancy II, PhD
Director, Center for Urban Education
Helen Faison Chair in Urban Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
T. Elon Dancy II, PhD is the Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He comes to this role from his position as Professor and Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to the associate deanship, Dancy served as Fellow in the OU Office of the Senior Vice-President and Provost. He also held affiliate faculty appointments in African and African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice.
An education sociologist, Dancy studies educational settings as sites of hegemony and identity negotiation. His research concerns issues of equity and justice in the educational pipeline as informed by race, gender, class, and other sociopolitical locations. More specifically, Dancy’s scholarship is driven by questions related to masculinity formations, historical context, and how collegiate praxis affects students’ academic and social outcomes. Publications appear in highly visible journals including Equity and Excellence in Education, Teachers College Record, American Behavioral Scientist, Urban Education, and Journal of Negro Education (among others).
Dancy is the author/editor of six books and monographs – Managing Diversity: (Re)visioning Equity on College Campuses (2010), The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity among African American Males in College (2012), Educating African American Males: Contexts for Consideration, Possibilities for Practice (2012), African American Males and Education: Examining the Convergence of Race and Identity (2012), Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Persistence in Higher Education (2014), and Black Colleges across the Diaspora: Global Perspectives on Race and Stratification in Postsecondary Education (2017). He is the author or co-author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and publications related to education and society. Dancy is also past editor of The College Student Affairs Journal.
Dancy holds research awards and citations from the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division J, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation, and several other national research institutes. In 2014, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him Top Emerging Scholar for his contribution to the study of race and gender in higher education and society. Dancy’s professional service includes Chair of the AERA Research Focus on Black Education, Executive Board Member for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, and editorial board member for several journals and handbooks in education research. He has served as a primary investigator on research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, among several agencies.
Dancy has served as subject matter expert for highly visible periodicals including Ebony magazine, The Root.com, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Jeanette R. Davidson, PhD, ACSW
Professor, African and African American Studies, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Jeanette R. Davidson PhD ACSW is Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She has taught at the university for twenty-one years and was director of African & African American Studies for fifteen years, until September 2017. She has published extensively in the areas of Black Studies, and on race and competency in social work practice and education. Currently she is writing a book, Black Lives in Scotland: Telling Our Stories, to be published by Edinburgh University Press, and is also working on the second edition of her textbook, African American Studies, also to be published by Edinburgh University Press. Jeanette Davidson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and is a member of the Executive Board of the Southwest Center for Human Relations in Education, home of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) and has also served on numerous Boards locally and in Oklahoma City. She is a faculty member of the Annual Summer School on Black Europe, Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues, Amsterdam, Netherlands and is a Fellow of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute, Philadelphia, PA. In 2018 Jeanette Davidson was selected as one of 25 outstanding women in higher education by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and was featured as one of the nine women Experts’ Panel in the publication The Knowledge Review: Education, Innovation, Success. She is a member of the Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society. Prior to teaching at the University of Oklahoma, she taught at Columbia University School of Social Work, New York. Jeanette Davidson was born and raised in Scotland. She has a BA (with honors) in English literature from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and an MSSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Robert Con Davis-Undiano, PhD
Executive Committee Chair, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
Executive Director, World Literature Today
Neustadt Professor and Presidential Professor
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Robert Con Davis-Undiano is a playwright who focuses on the Mexican-American experience. At the University of Oklahoma, he is Executive Director of the World Literature Today organization and the Latinx Studies Program. Students credit him with changing their thinking, their attitudes, and their lives. He received the Rufus G. Hall Faculty Achievement Award in 1993, the Kenneth E. Crook Annual Faculty Award in 1994, and the Sullivant Award for Perceptivity in 2004. He has been faculty of the year several times, and his most recent book Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity won the International Latino Book Award in 2018. In 2017, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.
Jeff L. Hale, PhD
President, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College
Jeffery L. Hale is currently serving as President of Northeastern Oklahoma A and M College. President Hale has worked closely with the 9 federally recognized tribes of Ottawa County to establish the first American Indian Center for Excellence on the campus of NEO A and M College and has established Native American education as a top priority for the College.
Hale has served in public higher education for nearly 25 years. His service includes stints at Miami University, the University of Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma State and NEO A and M College. During his career, Hale has served as a Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Director of the Center for Student Life and Vice Chancellor for Administration. Hale has led efforts on several campuses to improve student performance and raise both retention and graduation rates on each of the campuses he has served. Over the past decade, Hale has helped lead and coordinate campus improvements that total nearly $100,000,000.
Hale was recognized by Dr John Gardner and the National Resource Center with the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate award in 2004. That same year Noel Levitz recognized Hale and Southeastern State with the outstanding Retention program. In 1995, the University of Oklahoma recognized Hale with the outstanding staff award and most recently (2012) Hale was recognized by the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce with their Citizen of the Year Award.
During Hale's 31 year career in public education, he has been a strong advocate for access to affordable, quality public education with a strong emphasis on student completion. President Hale has led several efforts, on multiple campuses, to improve academic support efforts and increase student engagement. Hale believes that educational attainment is the key to closing the inequality gaps that plague or nation today.
Melvin C. Hall, JD
Partner at Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison, and Lewis
Mr. Hall brings his perspective as a practicing attorney to the Executive Committee. He served has in the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office and as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.
Hall is an “AV rated” attorney, signifying years of practice with the highest levels of skill and integrity. His career has earned him multiple honors:
- The A.C. Hamlin Tribute of Appreciation and Commendation from the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus
- Yearly Scholarships in his name at the University of Oklahoma and Langston University awarded to students who exemplify leadership and aspire to become lawyers.
- The Trailblazers Award from the University of Oklahoma Black Alumni Society
- The Distinguished Alumnus Award from Langston University
- The Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee’s Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award
Hall says, “Throughout my professional career, whether it be in the Court Room, Board Room, or Class Room, I have advocated for genuine diversity and equality, and fought against all forms of discrimination, repression, and unequal access to opportunities in law, business, and academia. I sincerely believe that this approach enhances the realization of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream that someday we will be judged not by any particular characteristic, but by the content of our character.”
Thomas L. Hill
Senior Vice President Emeritus
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Thomas L. Hill retired from Iowa State University on December 31, 2017, after 20 years of service. Eighteen years as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and two years as Senior Policy Advisor to the President. Hill came to Iowa State from the University of Florida, where he had been Dean for Student Services. In that position, he worked for former ISU Dean of Students Art Sandeen, then Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida. Hill viewed his role as the university's senior student affairs officer in terms that Sandeen outlined: the leader of the Division of Student Affairs, acting as "keeper of the mission and vision"; chief manager of the division's personnel and resources; a member of the university's leadership/management team; mediator among students, among student groups, and sometimes between administrators and students; and educator. While serving as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, he created the NCORE/ISCORE Project in 1998. In March 2016, President Steven Leath accepted the planning committee's recommendation to rename the conference "Thomas L. Hill ISCORE: Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity" to reflect his role and commitment to the conference and the university. Prior to accepting the position at Florida, Dr. Hill had served as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life, first at Tulane University and later at the University of Oklahoma.
Hill is active with the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE); NCAA Committee on Infractions; Mattie Hill Memorial Scholarship Foundation, President; and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity My Brothers Keeper Mentoring Program, Dallas, TX.
Hill received a B.S.E. in Physical Education from Arkansas State University in 1972, and an M.S. in Counselor Education from C.W. Post-Long Island University in 1976. He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida, and has written articles on student-athlete development and minority identity development.
Before pursuing a career in higher education, Hill excelled on athletic fields and earned a number of honors. He was twice named Arkansas Amateur Athlete of the Year, and he was ultimately inducted into both the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. He competed in the 110-meter high hurdles competition in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, winning the Bronze Medal.
Tom Hill grew up in New Orleans, one of five sons of the late Mattie Hill. SHe is now honored by a scholarship fund, administered by Hill, which he set up with his brothers. He and his wife, Billye, have two sons, Thomas and Lamont, a daughter-in-law, Carol, and two grandsons, Alexander and Nicholas.
Silas Law, PhD
Business Owner and Entrepreneur
Silas Law owns and operates several businesses in the Norman area. He also commutes to Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong for his business. More recently, involved with his family business, he has traveled to the Middle East, East Europe and Mainland China.
Dr. Law was formally affiliated with the Bureau of Water and Environmental Resource Research, an institute of the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. During that time, he traveled to countries in South and Central America, The Caribbean Islands, East and West Africa, South and South East Asia for work coordinated by the University.
Dr. Law was born in Shanghai, China, and finished High School in Hong Kong before coming to the United States for College education. For many years, Silas has been involved with local international communities, minority groups, Arts and Cultural events. He is currently a member of the SWCHRS executive committee, a coordinator for the University of Oklahoma Chinese Alumni and Friends Global Organization.
Having grown up in several different Social Environments, Dr. Law believes people should try to live harmoniously and take care of one’s contemporary, and that we should not sacrifice anyone for the sake of Future Generations.
Teresa (Teri) Mora, EdD
Teri Mora is an educator focusing on Latino student issues and recently graduated from West Texas A&M University with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. She is a past recipient of the OK Governor's Arts Award in Education, the Oklahoma Multi-Cultural Teacher of the Year and Citizen of the Year of Guymon, Oklahoma. She was selected as the Oklahoma representative for the State of Latinos in Education as well as for the Governing in the Global Age Educational Summit, both held in D.C.
Dr. Mora served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Latin American and Hispanic Affairs for seven years and has been a member of the Executive Committee for the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies for 13 years. She also currently serves as a board member for the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma (WFO) and the National Association for Folkloric Groups (ANGF) where she serves as the Director for Culture and Education. Dr. Mora previously served for 16 years as the Director of Hispanic Student Services at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma’s first designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) where she also taught Diversity in Education courses for pre-service teachers. Teri and her husband have recently relocated to Edmond, Oklahoma to be closer to family. She currently serves as an educational consultant for Latino educational issues across the state.
Sylvia H. Morales
Community Volunteer, Latino Culture Consultant
Oklahoma City, OK
Mrs. Morales has been a long time advocate in the Oklahoma City community in the areas of education, children, families, history and politics. Among the organizations on which Sylvia has energetically work are Latino Community Development Agency, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Alumni Association of Girl Scouts Red Lands Council, and the Catholic Archdiocese Commission for Justice and Human Development.
Mrs. Morales’ effective and dedicated work has been validated by appointments from Oklahoma State Governors and City Mayors to serve on local and state commissions such as Oklahoma Metro Library Commission, Hispanic Advisory Committee, Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, and the Affirmative Action Review Council.
Just a few of her rewards for years of service and volunteerism in the OKC Metro area include YWCA Volunteer of the Year, Tinker AFB Hispanic Heritage Committee Outstanding Community Volunteer, and a national award by the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation with the National George Washington Medal of Honor for Community Service.
Shad Satterthwaite, PhD
Associate Dean, Ou Extended Campus
Faculty Advisor, Student Veterans Association
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dr. Shad Satterthwaite and his wife, Valerie, have three children, two in-law children, and a grandson. Previously, Shad served as assistant to the president of OU. He has also taught political science courses, managed the university's faculty-in-residence program, and served as an adjunct faculty member with the College of Liberal Studies and Advanced Programs. Dr. Satterthwaite is also a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard and has served two tours in Afghanistan.
Dr. Satterthwaite has been named Foundation for Defense of Democracies Academic Fellow, Outstanding Mentor in the President's Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program, and received the UOSA's Outstanding Faculty Award.
In addition to his many professional achievements, Dr. Satterthwaite has published a variety of articles, papers, and other works, focusing mostly on political science, public administration, education, and history.
Heather Shotton, PhD
Associate Professor, Native American Studies
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dr. Shotton is a citizen of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and is also Kiowa and Cheyenne. She received her doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Dr. Shotton’s research focuses on Indigenous students in higher education and Indigenous women, particularly in the areas of leadership and Indigenous women scholars.
She served as a co-editor for the book, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education (Stylus), which addresses strategies for serving Native college students. She is also a co-editor for the forthcoming book, Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education(Rutgers University Press).
Dr. Shotton is the past president for the National Indian Education Association and was recently named the NIEA Educator of the Year. She is a strong advocate for Native education and serves Native students and communities on a national and local level.
David L. Tan, PhD
Professor, Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies
Texas A&M University - Commerce, Commerce, TX
Dr. Tan is currently Professor of Higher Education and Learning Technologies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a member of the Texas A&M University System. His department represents one of the largest doctoral higher education programs in the nation. As a department chair for five years, he also innovated and administered the State of Texas first competency-based baccalaureate program at a public institution, resulting in working adult learners being able to complete an affordable, accessible, and engaging learning experience.
Prior to his A&M appointment, Professor Tan spent 27 years at the University of Oklahoma where he retired and currently holds the title of professor emeritus. At OU, he developed and led nationally-visible and destination academic programs as professor and department chair. He trained graduates who proceeded to serve as college presidents (six of them did), student affairs vice presidents, and directors of intercollegiate athletics. Additionally at OU, for five years (from 2005 to 2010), he was the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies that runs NCORE and has continuously served as Executive Committee member for over 32 years (since 1993). In the State of Texas and the Dallas metroplex, he collaborates with large community college districts and the corporate sector dealing with organizational, educational, workforce learning and development, and diversity matters.
At the national level, Professor Tan is a peer evaluator-consultant for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He has interacted with numerous board members, presidents, provosts, faculty, staff, and students in a variety of institutional settings in their formal peer review processes and has been recognized as a contributor to member institutional decision making and improvements.