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Office Manager and Assistant to Executive Director
Katherine joined our team February 2018 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. Before joining our team, she worked the past 16 years for the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma where she held the positions of Program Manager, HR, Property and Procurement and Program Coordinator for the CCDF program. Katherine has received her Administrative Assistant I & II and Business Core Competency Certificates from Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma. She has also attend Cameron University and Comanche Nation College.
She is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and comes from Kiowa descent as well. She and her husband Daniel moved to Norman in September 2017. She has three children and three grandchildren, whom she loves spending time with. Now that she has seen her children through high school and one through college, she is inspired to continue to pursue her education in Business Administration which she plans to do in the near future.
NCORE Program Assistant
Corey James Davidson is the Program Assistant for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). In this role, Corey has many responsibilities, from working with the NCORE Program Manager on all aspects of the NCORE Program, to working throughout the year with the entire NCORE team to create the digital Guidebook and hardcopy program guide.
From summer 2015 through summer 2018, Corey worked on behalf of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies as a trained Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator, assisting with the University of Oklahoma's Freshmen Diversity and Inclusion Experience as both their Small Group Facilitator Coordinator and as a Small Group Facilitator.
Mr. Davidson earned his bachelor's degree in 2011 from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in African and African-American Studies and Film and Video Studies. He completed his Masters of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma in the summer of 2019, with a focus on Social Justice and Multiracial/Biracial Identity. Before joining the NCORE Team, he spent time working as a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist, working primarily with third and fourth graders in Oklahoma City. He was also a freelance videographer and editor.
He enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family, long-boarding, and both critically analyzing and leisurely reading comic books.
NCORE Program Manager
Justin has served the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) for more than 15 years. As Program Manager, he is responsible for orchestrating the efforts of NCORE staff to organize and develop the conference. He also manages the on-site conference event. Justin first joined the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) in 2001 as a temporary employee, working to update and digitize the NCORE mailing system. Over the years, he has served the conference in various capacities, including webmaster, marketing and public relations coordinator, exhibit coordinator, and audiovisual coordinator. He has also served as the secretary and coordinator for the activities of the NCORE National Advisory Council and the SWCHRS Executive Committee.
Justin developed a deep commitment to act in support of social justice and racial equity projects through his service to and emersion into the community of the NCORE conference. While a staff member of the Southwest Center, he also gained experience as intergroup dialogue facilitator, leading numerous dialogues on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. He has also facilitated caucus groups focused on anti-racist consciousness raising amongst white people. Justin has been a student of numerous developmental trainings focused on change making to create more just and equitable institutions. He is grateful for the opportunities he has had to attend trainings organized by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Social Justice Training Institute and the White Privilege Conference.
Prior to joining the Southwest Center, Justin served in the United States military as a highly decorated Weather Forecaster for the Air Force Air National Guard.
Media Specialist and Social Media Manager
Keeva Lough has been an employee of the University of Oklahoma since 2010 and joined the NCORE team in 2019 as a Media Specialist and Social Media Manager. Prior to her work with NCORE, she was a Producer and Quality Assurance Coordinator for OU Outreach Video & Media Services. Keeva graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Media Studies.
Outside of her work at NCORE, Keeva maintains a practice as a video artist and art documentarian. Her work has been shown in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Clermont-Ferrand, France, and her photography has been featured in The Oklahoman and the Emergency INDEX of Performance Art. In 2017 she contributed additional footage to All We’ve Got, a documentary film about LGBTQ women’s spaces and communities. She is the proud mother of a corgi.
Ajia Meux, MSW, MA
Project Development Manager
Ajia joined SWCHRS part-time in January 2018 as Communications Research Fellow. She transitioned to full-time as Projects and Communications Manager in June 2018 where she is responsible for special department initiatives, including the NCORE Webinar Series, JCSCORE administration and strategic communication planning. She also manages communications and program development for the Public Service Institute at OU, under the leadership of Dr. Jane Irungu.
Ajia is an Oakland, California native and a graduate of University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Howard University’s School of Social Work. Her work has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, OU Daily, Renovator Magazine, and OKC Territory (forthcoming). Even though she can wordsmith just about any topic, her passion is critical cultural writing.
Kathie Nicoletti, M.Ed., CMP
NCORE Event Manager
Kathie has coordinated more than 200 conferences and events in her career. Her work includes searching for future conference venues and hotels, negotiating contracts, and making all kinds of logistical arrangements. She earned a Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2007 and a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education in 2016.
Kathie creates jewelry, loves traveling, and can connect most everything in life to a Lyle Lovett song or an episode of Friends.
Debbie O’Dell came to work for the University in the fall of 2009. In January of 2012, Debbie joined SWCHRS as the Account and Budget Representative. Within this role, she is the exhibitor and advertising liaison for the NCORE Conference and also manages all contracting, from speakers to vendors, for NCORE and the Center.
In her spare time Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, volunteering, and game night with friends.
Graduate Student Intern
Dedrick Perkins is a master’s candidate in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in May of 2019. Dedrick will enter a doctoral program at a historically black college or university, where he will study the intersectionality of race and gender. He is the recipient of the of Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Scholarship and Will Rogers Social Work Scholarship. As the Undergraduate Co-President of the Social Work Student Association, he has organized social justice events such as 2018 #BelieveSurvivors Walkout and Social Work Student discussions of race on campus. He presented a Pecha Kucha Session at the 2019 National Conference on Race & Equality in American Higher Education. Dedrick currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with his partner and their community of cats.
Accessibility & Volunteer Coordinator
Hailing from Michigan (GO GREEN), Josephine has a BA in Film and Media Studies from the University of Oklahoma and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She has spent the last decade screenwriting and working on film and television sets as a script supervisor, costumer, and production assistant, while caregiving for multiple family members with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Books, gardening, horror, hiking, and her dog, Mochi, are just a few of her favorite things.
Kerri White, Ed.D.
NCORE 2020 Virtual Engagement Coordinator
Ed.D, Oklahoma State University
M.Ed., Southern Nazarene University
B.S.Ed., Oklahoma Baptist University
Kerri White is the Director of Engagement and Public Service in the Public and Community Services Division of the University of Oklahoma Outreach/College of Continuing Education. Dr. White joined the NCORE team to assist with migrating Connection 2020: An NCORE Experience to a virtual platform. She has been with the University of Oklahoma Outreach/College of Continuing Education since 2014 and has worked primarily on grants and contracts that build the capacity and effectiveness of PK-12 and higher education personnel as they implement evidence-based practices and policies that improve equity and excellence for all students.
Dr. White has been in the education field since 2001, serving in a variety of roles at the local, state, and regional levels. These previous roles include Assistant State Superintendent of Educator Effectiveness at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Mathematics Director, Oklahoma Executive Director of High School Reform, Arkansas/Louisiana Technical Assistance Coordinator, and middle school and high school teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and a doctorate of education in school administration.
Dr. White has found a deep professional interest in facilitating the professional growth and career pathways of teachers, administrators, content experts, and instructional coaches, particularly through face-to-face, virtual, and technology-based solutions for social learning experiences. Her research interests relate to the role of school culture in school improvement planning and implementation. Key findings of her research include recognition that there is no single way to improve a school and acknowledgement of the critical importance of matching research based strategies with the culture of the school to increase the likelihood of success.
On a personal note, Kerri is a follower of Jesus Christ and desires to honor him by loving people well and implementing his principles. She seeks to make the world a better place by working for equity, honor, and respect of all people.