Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions

Tues., Dec. 7, 2010, Noon to 1 p.m.

Creating an Opportunity Society
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK  73105

Ron Haskins, Ph.D.

Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and OKDHS Family Support Services Division

This lecture affords participants the opportunity to learn more about the perspectives on poverty. Research has revealed that both culture and structure keep people on the bottom rungs of the ladder. Dr. Ron Haskins will discuss indicators of poverty and policy recommendations founded on four values-based premises about the appropriate role of government.

About the Speaker:
Ron Haskins, Ph.D
., is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Md. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s in education, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Haskins has served as the Senior Advisor to the President for Welfare Policy at the White House, Majority Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives and Welfare Counsel for the Republican Staff of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives.

He has been a research professor at the UNC, Chapel Hill, a lecturer in history and education at the UNC, Charlotte, N.C., and a high school social studies teacher. Haskins has published books and articles on a number of education-related topics, including intellectual development, day-care policy, federal expenditures on social programs and federal budget and tax policy, including Creating an Opportunity Society, a book that he co-authored with Isabel Sawhill. Haskins is a senior editor of The Future of Children, a journal on policy issues that affect children and families. His areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support enforcement, family composition and marriage, and child protection.

In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. In 2000, Haskins received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. In 2005, he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Human Services from the American Public Human Services Association.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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