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Grieving NCORE in the Time of COVID:

Strategies for Self-Care and Engagement

With the cancellation of NCORE comes the loss of community we enjoy every year. The time we renew the sense of enthusiasm necessary to continue the labor of social justice work across our campuses. Where does this loss go? How do you stay connected? How are you taking care of yourself? The purpose of this session is to take time to pause in community and discuss strategies for self-care and continued engagement. This webinar will be facilitated by social workers from the NCORE staff. 

Thanks to all who participated in the live session! If you missed it or want to review the content, the recording is posted on our Webinars on Demand page now.


Ajia Meux

Ajia serves as the Projects and Communications Manager at SWCHRS where she is responsible for special department initiatives, including the NCORE Webinar Series, JCSCORE administration and conference sponsorships. She is an Oakland, California native and a graduate of University of Oklahoma’s (OU) Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Howard University’s School of Social Work. Before transitioning full time into communications, Ajia worked as a trauma clinician in the Washington, D.C. community and with the Department of Defense. In August 2019, Ajia returned to OU’s Gaylord College as a full-time PhD student, where she studies corporate social responsibility, race, power and media. 

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Anthony P. Natale

Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, and former Interim Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. Dr. Natale teaches across the social work curriculum including courses in Human Diversity and Societal Oppression, Diversity and Social Justice, Human Services Administration, Social Welfare Policy Analysis, Counseling issues in Human Sexuality, and Social Work Practice with LGBTQQIPA2+ populations. He was inducted into the Social Work Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence in 2015, and awarded the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2019. Dr. Natale has a distinguished research record that has evolved into four themes, health disparities among minoritized populations with a particular interest in HIV/AIDS prevention, Trauma, and Gender Informed interventions in Social Work Practice, Social Work practice with LGBTQQIPA2+ populations, and Social Work Pedagogy.

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Dedrick Perkins

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. He was awarded the 2020 NASW-OK MSW Student of the Year. 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 several regional conferences. Dedrick currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with his partner and their community of cats. 

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