Co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City University Oikos Scholars Program, the Social & Ecological Responsibility Initiative at OCU, VOICE Oklahoma City, and the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA, this collaborative two-day symposium will be exploring systemic approaches to social justice in local, national, and global contexts. Focusing on challenges and opportunities facing students, community leaders, and social and cultural organizations, we will explore effective ways for creating community-based programs and partnerships to address social injustice. Come join us as we work together toward a more equitable and social just world.
Registration is inclusive of a midday meals both Friday and Saturday. Oklahoma City University students, faculty, and staff may attend the event at no charge.
Symposium Event Registration - $75.00
OCU Student, Faculty and Staff Event Registration – Free
Friday Banquet Dinner ONLY (6-8 p.m.)
Lodging is provided by the Marriot Courtyard at a special conference rate, with transportation provided between the hotel and university. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before the cut-off date of Friday, February 14, 2013. At the cut-off, the hotel will review the reservation pick-up for the event, release the unreserved rooms for general sale and determine whether or not it can accept reservations based on a space- and rate-available basis at the Oklahoma City University group rate after this date.
When booking your reservation, specifiy the conference room rate listed under Oklahoma City University SERI Room Block. Rates for two queen size beds are $95.00/per night (plus tax currently at 13.87%).
1515 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Direct phone: (405) 848-0808 or (180)032-1212 x1
|9:30||First Plenary Address||Walter Fluker, Boston University School of Theology|
|10:45||Breakout groups||Groups/Tracks: Local, National, Global|
|Themes: Education, Networking, Advocacy|
|1:30||Second Plenary Address ||Walter Fluker, Boston University School of Theology|
|6:00||Dinner w/ Speaker ||Robin Meyers, Oklahoma City University/Mayflower UCC Church |
|9:30||Third Plenary Address ||Seva Gandhi and Terry Bergdall, Institute of Cultural Affairs|
|11:00||Breakout groups |
|1:30||Plenary discussion |
|3:00||Action decisions |
Dr. Walter Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology and the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project.
Before coming to Boston University School of Theology, he was founding executive director of the Leadership Center and the Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies at Morehouse College. Fluker is a featured speaker, lecturer and workshop leader for professionals and emerging leaders in public and private domains. His recent publications include two volumes of a multi-volume series entitled, The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: volume I, My People Need Me and volume II, "Christian, Who Calls Me Christian?” (University of South Carolina Press, 2009, 2011); and Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community (Fortress, 2009). He is completing a manuscript entitled, The Ground Has Shifted: Essays on Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership from African American Moral Traditions. His prior academic experience includes professorial and administrative positions at Vanderbilt University, Harvard College, Dillard University and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School; and has served as visiting professor and scholar at Harvard University, The University of Cape Town in South Africa, Columbia Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is married to Sharon Watson Fluker and is the father of four children and five grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Professor of Rhetoric at Oklahoma City University and Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational Church.
Dr. Meyers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a tenured professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, an author, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. He has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church of Oklahoma City since 1985, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas Oklahoma conference.
Seva Gandhi, Program Coordinator at the Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA.
Dr. Terry Bergdall, Chief Executive Officer at the Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA.
Terry Bergdall is a professional facilitator with extensive international experience in community development, organizational change, project design, monitoring and evaluation. Terry earned his PhD in International Development at the University of Wales for research on participatory evaluation. He became a Faculty Member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University in 2005 and remains active in an adjunct role. He is a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).