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Jane Irungu, Ph.D. | Email 
Executive Director, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies

Dr. Irungu has more than three decades of experience in the field of education and intercultural relations. She has worked extensively with K-12, higher education professionals and private organizations in the U.S. and in Africa. At the University of Oregon, Irungu oversaw initiatives with goals of promoting cultural understanding, equity and well-being of underrepresented populations with the aim of creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for students and staff impacted by policy changes in local, state and federal government. Before February 2017, Irungu served as assistant vice president and director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence in the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon. Her portfolio included oversight of programs for historically underserved, underrepresented and first-generation students, faculty and staff resource groups, leadership development and training, scholarship administration, diversity and inclusion programs, community outreach and pipeline programs, ethnic organizations, social justice initiatives and post-graduation success.

Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Irungu worked at the University of Kansas for twelve years in many different capacities, such as associate director for the federally funded Title VI Kansas African Studies Center; program director with the Office of International Programs; Outreach and Foreign Languages coordinator; and lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies. Irungu received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies with minors in African Studies and Women and Gender Studies in 2010, and a Masters in Higher Education Administration in 2000, both from the University of Kansas. She received her Bachelors in Education in 1986, with majors in KiSwahili, Philosophy and Religious Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was a high school teacher and eventually principal. She migrated to the U.S. in 1997.

Irungu is multilingual and provides consultancy in curriculum design, translation and interpretation in her two native languages, Swahili and Kikuyu. She is also an active member of several national organizations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), among others.


Corey Davidson | Email | He/Him/His
NCORE Assistant to the Program Coordinator

Corey joined the NCORE team full time as the Assistant Program Coordinator in October of 2013 after working as the AV Coordinator at NCORE 2013. Mr. Davidson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma with a double major of African and African-American Studies, and Film and Video Studies. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in the Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma. Through the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, Corey has been working as a trained Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator, assisting with the University of Oklahoma’s Freshmen Diversity and Inclusion Experience.

Before joining the NCORE Team, he was working as a Freelance Videographer and Editor, and also spent time working as a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist working with third and fourth graders in Oklahoma City.

He enjoys his cat, long-boarding, and the X-Men.


Justin Lincks | Email | He/Him/His
NCORE Program Coordinator

Justin first joined the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies in 2001 as a temporary employee working to update the mailing databases for the NCORE conference as staff prepared to send out the Call for Presentations for NCORE 2002. In 2003, he was offered a position as staff assistant to the NCORE Program Coordinator. This began a process of personal and professional transformation as he was immersed into the anti-racist and social justice work of the NCORE community. Through the years since joining the Southwest Center and NCORE, Justin has performed various roles including webmaster, marketing and public relations coordinator, exhibit coordinator, and audiovisual coordinator. He has also served as the coordinator for the activities of the NCORE National Advisory Council and the Executive Committee. After serving as the interim program coordinator for NCORE 2012, Justin was named the program coordinator for the 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.


Kathie Nicoletti, M.Ed., CGMP, CMP | Email
NCORE Logistics Coordinator

Over the span of 17 years, Kathie has coordinated details for more than 200 conferences and events. Her work with NCORE includes searching for locations and sourcing venues, negotiating contracts, making hotel and travel arrangements, coordinating efforts for onsite management and customer service. Kathie recently completed a master's degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. She received a Certified Government Meeting Professional designation in 2006 and a Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2007.

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 | Email
Business Manager

Debbie O’Dell came to work for the University in the fall of 2009. She began her work as a office assistant in Web Comm.. In January of 2012, Debbie joined SWCHRS as the Account and Budget Representative. She has since expanded her role to include exhibitor, advertising liaison for the NCORE Conference and also takes on additional tasks as needed.

Prior to her employment at the University, Debbie was a stay at home mom. She appreciates the flexibility that is allowed her so she can attend school parties/functions and be the homeroom mom while still succeeding at her professional goals in a great working environment.


 

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