Past Community Forums

Children with chronic illness or speical needs: The latest research on effective treatments, the available resources, and where you can get help

Allen Chapman Activity Center
Great Hall B
April 29, 2014

The 2014 forum focused on children with chronic illnesses or special needs and sought to increase awareness of the latest research on effective treatments, of the resources available to parents, and where families can get help.

Presenters included:

  • Lynn Clutter, Assistant Professor, Nursing Department, University of Tulsa
  • Lori Davis, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders, University of Tulsa
  • Kathy Perry, Nurse Educator, Saint Francis Hospital 
  • Linda Steed, Physical Therapist & Director of Global Impact, The Little Light House 
  • Teri Bourdeau, Board Certified, Clinical & Child Adolescent Psychology, Oklahoma State

Rising anxiety and depression in our youth: What it looks like and what can be done

Allen Chapman Activity Center
Great Hall B
May 14, 2013

The forum sought to expand awareness on the following topics: how to recognize anxiety and depression in youth, school and community concerns, and avenues towards positive change. Today significantly more adolescents (2 in 10 girls and 2 in 30 boys) meet criteria for a diagnosis of major depression and/or an anxiety disorder (Hagel, 2012). These rates have changed considerably over the last 30-40 years. This change has implications for everyone who interacts with adolescents.

Presenters included:

  • Bradley Brummel, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa
  • Lauren Winston, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, University of Tulsa
  • Julie Blake, Director of Student Programs, Jenks Public Schools
  • Megan Ballew, PhD, Behavioral Health Affiliates of Tulsa
  • Joanna Shadlow, PhD, Applied Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa


A Reintroduction and Invitation to Participate in CCRD

ACAC Great Hall B, October 3, 2012

The forum sought to expand the vision for True Blue Neighbors and the recent partnership with the Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD). Issues regarding how to engage TU students and faculty for community betterment were addressed. The new CCRD mission and how to become involved with CCRD and an overview of CCRD's most recent research project with Community Action Project and Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Fields Neighborhoods was presented.

Presenters included:

  • Susan Neal & Mike Mills, Public Affairs and Economic Development, University of Tulsa
  • Mike Mills, Public Affairs and Economic Development, University of Tulsa
  • Brad Brummel, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa
  • Kirk Wester, Director of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives, Community Action Project
  • Joanna Shadlow, PhD, Applied Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa

Perspectives on Sexual Harassment in Tulsa

ACAC Great Hall B, December 6, 2011

Recent events in politics have once again pushed the issue of Sexual Harassment into the public consciousness. The forum sought to answer a few of the questions that you may have had about Sexual Harassment such as: What constitutes Sexual Harassment? What happens to people who are harassed? When sexual harassment does occur, what legal processes ensue? What can organizations to do prevent it from occurring? Does sexual harassment training really work? When sexual harassment does occur, what legal processes ensue?

Presenters included:

  • Kelsey Parker, Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD Student
  • Susan Drevo, Clinical Psychology PhD Student
  • James Polan, J.D., Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis, Inc.
  • Michael Odon, HR Manager for Manufacturing, T.D. Williamson

Truth Telling in Numbers: What Does Data-Driven Really Mean?

ACAC Great Hall B, May 4, 2011

Budget constraints have placed increasing amounts of pressure on policy makers to base their decisions on data. Yet often decisions are reported to the public as "data-based" without any additional information as to the nature of the data. This forum addressed broad questions about how data is used to formulate public policy, what kinds of data are available for policy assessment, and how community members can be informed consumers of these data-based decisions through the examination of specific location issues.

Presenters included:

  • David Blatt, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute
  • Kathy McKean, Ph.D., Director, Technical Assistance Center
  • Brent Wolfe, Director, Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau
  • Brad Brummel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa

Other Past Forum Topics

  • Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: From Jails to Jobs, Fall 2010
  • An Oklahoma Epidemic: Women Behind Bars, Spring 2010
  • Work-Life Balance: Is it a Reality? Fall 2009
  • Youth Mental Health: What Now? Current Crisis and Future Plans, Fall 2009
  • Closing the Loop: Meeting the Needs of Returning Military and Their Families in Tulsa, Spring 2009
  • Making Room for the Community in Schools, Spring 2008
  • The Age Wave: We're All Thinking About It, Spring 2007
  • A Facilitated Dialogue About Oklahoma's Mental Health Response to the 2005 Hurricane Evacuees, Fall 2006
  • Media and Trauma: How Bad News Affects Adults, Children, and Journalists, Spring 2006
  • Community Service Learning: A Conversation among Tulsa Agencies, Business and the University of Tulsa about New and Challenging Real-World Learning Possibilities, Fall 2005
  • Building a Strong Workforce in Tulsa: Academic, Business, and Community Efforts for Entry-Level Service Employees, Spring 2005
  • Making the Impossible Possible: Health Clinics in Schools, Fall 2004
  • Perils and Possibilities of Faith Based Initiatives, Fall 2004
  • Transforming Mental Health in America, Fall 2003
  • What's Really Going On: The Financial Crisis in Public Schools, Spring 2003
  • Youth Mental Health: What Now? Current Crisis and Future Plans, Fall 2002
  • Violence Against Women: Current Status and Future Challenges, Fall 2002
  • Finding Bootstraps When You Don't Have Boots: Poverty Issues in Oklahoma, Spring 2002
  • English as a Second Language, Fall 2001
  • School Readiness, Spring 2001
  • Is There Life After Welfare Reform, Fall 2000
  • Visions of Urban Community in Tulsa, Spring 2000