Skip Navigation

News and Events

Office of University Community, The University of Oklahoma website wordmark
Skip Side Navigation

Community Conversation April 25, 2019

The School to Prison Pipeline: Unpacking How Educational Policies are Complicit

3:00-4:30 PM. Dale Hall Tower - 9th Floor Rm 906 - Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Joy

Dr. Joy Thomas has made it her mission to uplift and empower families in transition and/or crisis by volunteerism, community activism, and by writing scholarly articles to impact educational policy. She has over two decades of service to families as it relates to education and employment for marginalized and disenfranchised communites of color.


She currently works for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education as an Educator/Employment Coordinator. Her focus there is to assist incarcerated men and women reunite with their families, further their education, and with employment options. She uses her expertise in creating community partnerships with K-12 administrations, community colleges, and resource programs to advocate for her students. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is an invited guest lecturer for pre-service teachers at colleges and universities where she addresses the social foundations of education in which she consider the role of school policy in shaping the life outcomes of low-income youth of color.


Dr. Thomas’ research has focused on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspension and expulsion at higher rates than adolescents from other groups. Her research draws on qualitative methods and critical theories that highlight the intersectionality of exclusionary punitive school discipline, educational change within K-12 policies, and creating equitable access to quality education. She has published her research in scholarly journals and has presented her work at national educational conferences. During her doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma, she was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in the education department. She was also selected as one of the recipients for the 2018 Hall of Fame at OU in the College of Education.

Community Conversations and Diversity Talks February 21, 2019


Time: 12:00 Noon
Venue: Price College of Business, Dodson Lounge
Topic: Racism: Perspectives on Racial Inequity

Guest Speakers: George Henderson and Lillian Miller


Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Venue: Scholars Room, OU Memorial Union
Topic: Indigenous lands: The cultural significance of land acknowegement statements.  

Guest Speaker- Dr. Heather Shotton
Associate Professor, Native American Studies ; Affiliate Faculty, Women's & Gender Studies

Read Complete News Release Here.



Community Conversation : REGISTER BELOW - EVENT IS FREE

What Can I Do To Address Racism on Campus?

Thursday February 28 4:30-5:45 Pm JJ Rhyne Room. Zarrrow Hall


How To Be An Anti-Racist

Ibram Kendi- Author, Professor & Speaker

February 20 Reynolds Performing Arts Center


Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Community Conversation

January 30th 4-5pm OMU Scholars Room


Our OU community is hurting from recent incidences of racism and bias. This moment calls for difficult conversations. Let's learn and grow together. Let's commit to a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Our guest this Wednesday  January 30th is Risha Grant, an Oklahoman who has been facilitating conversations on race, diversity and inclusion around the state and around the country.

Join us. ONE Family ONE University   


MLK Event



Tree of Life Synagogue Tragedy


Solidarity Statement


Campus Resources