Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

‘Let’s Do Something About It’ in Oklahoma


On Feb. 27, the audience at a program about racism in Oklahoma will hear from Jabar Shumate, a community diversity leader for the University of Oklahoma, and two more presenters.
“Let’s Do Something About It” will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oklahoma City University’s School of Business building.
After a racist video involving OU students appeared on social media last year, the college took action that included hiring Shumate, a former state senator, as OU’s vice president for the university community.
Also speaking at the event, in a setting similar to TED Talks, will be:
• Elaine Robinson, academic dean of Saint Paul School of Theology, with locations at both OCU and in greater Kansas City, Mo. Rev. Dr. Robinson is author of “Race and Theology.”
• Carlos Ramirez, who is helping Oklahoma Conference groups develop greater intercultural awareness after securing a grant for this work from the denomination’s Commission on Religion and Race (CORR). Rev. Ramirez is a missionary assigned to direct the Conference’s Hispanic/Latino Ministries, within the Office of Mission.
Some of the grant funding underwrites the February program.
Register by Feb. 20.


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