Thursday, July 6th, 2017, noon - 1:00 pm.
Dr. Gloria Pollard
Dead Branches: A Short Lesson on Diversity and Inclusion
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
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Summary: We spend much time talking about diversity and inclusion without actually thinking about our part in practical application of these critical issues. This lecture will focus on personal experiences of the lecturer via some of her stories that have taught her to value life. The “dead branches” have a purpose; during this session, we will understand what that purpose is and how we are to respond to it.
Dr. Gloria Pollard, a civil rights advocate and native of Oklahoma, has spent most of her career serving the state as a profound educator and community servant working to advance teaching and learning in the classroom. Dr. Pollard served close to twenty years as an English and French teacher for the Oklahoma City Public School and Millwood Independent School Districts. In the late eighties, she left the K-12 school system to work in higher education at the University of Oklahoma where she worked in the university’s English Department as an instructor and spent two years as the university’s Writing Center Director. Later, in 1994, she moved to California and served as the Director of Communications and Educational Programs for the San Francisco State University Foundation with additional duties as the Assistant Director for the Step-to-College ASCEND program.
In the late nineties, Dr. Pollard returned to Oklahoma and, after completing her tenure at Millwood Public Schools, went to work as a Career Development Specialist in the Guidance Division for the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE) until her retirement in 2008. While there, she served as chair of the ODCTE Diversity Team, as well as a member and President of the Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education (OAMCTE) organization. She has left a lasting legacy in Career Technology with her contributions in helping to create and develop programs which include: “School-to-Work,” “Teachers as Advisors,” and "Career Clusters."
Currently, Dr. Pollard participates with the Respect Diversity Foundation Speakers’ Bureau as a Clara Luper Speaker. She also consults with and advises groups of students, educators, and civic organizations. She is an adjunct instructor for the Department of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma.