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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.
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.
Staff Assistant II
Josephine has a BA in Film and Media Studies and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Oklahoma. She has spent the last decade screenwriting, working on film and television sets, and caregiving for multiple family members with physical and mental disabilities.