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December 12, 2019

Although I was Lupita González’s study abroad advisor leading up to her semester in Puebla, Mexico, our journey full of endless coffee breaks, vivid conversations about the complexity of an identity in movement and shared struggles of belonging started when she came back to the United States and applied for an internship in the Office of Education Abroad, where I work. Seeing one of my favorite places in the world through her eyes and hearing about the depth of her experience created our strong and invisible bond from the first moment she stepped into my office, ready to take on her internship and lear...

May 21, 2019

Anyone who aspires to a leadership position in higher education has probably taken a seminar, participated in a workshop or experienced some other sort of leadership training or mentoring. But for those who have already reached that top rung on the administration ladder, this kind of training is no longer enough, and it can be difficult to know where to turn for help in dealing with crises, stress, work-life balance and simply finding one’s footing as a leader. Here’s where Dr. Audrey Reille comes in. Reille is an executive coach who has found her niche working with leaders in higher education, from di...

May 6, 2019

I was introduced to Mauve Shelly Kay a couple of years ago through my partner Daniel and quickly connected with her quick-wit, sharp humor and unabashed laugh. One thing you quickly realize when meeting Mauve is her soft approach to very tough topics and how she guides these discussions with ease, but also determination. She is determined to educate and advocate for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people to foster inclusivity. Mauve agreed to share her work on campus to influence policy, processes and reduce institutional barriers. She shares her suggestions regarding steps needed to...

March 8, 2019

Oklahoma educator Clara Luper (1923-2011) was a history teacher who empowered a generation of history makers. Widely recognized as the “Mother of Civil Rights” in her home state, Luper continues to be a standout example of how activism and education can go hand-in-hand.

Luper’s decades of work and service defy summary. Besides being an NAACP leader who marched, demonstrated and was arrested no less than 26 times for the cause, she put in 41 years of teaching in Oklahoma public schools, hosted a radio talk show for 20 years, founded a magazine that’s still in print and made a run for US Senate. Even this...

February 20, 2019

Photo: Oklahoma Historical Society

Before Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher even attended her first grad class, she had already forever changed the face of higher ed. In 1948, the aspiring law student won a three-year court battle that paved the way not only for desegregating graduate education in Oklahoma but for ending legal segregation altogether. Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma was a critical first step in the tortuous road of litigation that made the landmark Brown v. Board of Education possible. The courageous plaintiff continued to make history for the rest of her life as a pioneer...

January 1, 2019

As 2018 is wrapping up, we wanted to share some of our most popular pieces from the past year with you – and what a year it’s been! Two print magazines, scores of blog posts, and plenty of wine later, the proFmagazine team has loved learning from and sharing with our readers over the past 12 months. Without further ado, here are proF’s top five most-read articles of 2018:

5. The Inevitable Question: A Personal Essay for Limb Difference Awareness Month by Lauren

“’What happened to your arm?’

I’ve been asked this question what feels like a million times.

The simple answer is, ‘No one really knows.’”

Here at p...

December 24, 2018

The Campus Women we profile in proFmagazine are typically multi-faceted, with widely varied interests converging in their professional and personal lives, and Christine A. Platt is a prime example. A historian and storyteller of the African diaspora, Platt holds a master’s in African Studies from The Ohio State University, a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and she currently serves as Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. She is a proud member of the Association of Black Women Historians and the Association for the Study of African American Life...

December 19, 2018


Meg Myers Morgan wears many hats, and she likes it that way. As an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, she leads the graduate programs in public administration and nonprofit management on the Tulsa campus, a role that includes teaching as well as working closely with graduate students. But Morgan has also built a career as a speaker, consultant, career coach and author.

Morgan’s first book, Harebrained, a collection of autobiographical essays, received positive reviews and even won the gold medal in humor at the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. With her second book (o...

November 27, 2018

Soon after writer and professor Cass Dalglish earned her MFA in 1986, she began teaching courses at two campuses in the Twin Cities while holding a fellowship at University of Minnesota as part of a freelance pool of communicators. The commute to and between her three jobs from where she lived in South Minneapolis meant trekking across many of the same roads on a daily basis. On one such day, she was disconcerted to find herself pulling in to the wrong parking lot altogether.

“To me that kind of symbolized the life of the adjunct,” she says, “you’re going to so many places to try and scrape by and hold...

October 15, 2018

There are few people I admire more than my friend and colleague Lupe Davidson. Not only is she intelligent AF and gorgeous inside and out, she simply exudes enthusiasm and edgy energy. I love being in her company. So, when we discussed who to proFile for our proFstyle segment of the magazine, Lupe immediately came to mind. Using Lupe’s own stylish wardrobe and bitchin’ presence, we set out to capture her on campus in ways that speak volumes about the poise and authority of OU’s women. Lupe also agreed to share with us her background, interests and perspectives. As the Director of Women and Gender Studi...

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