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What is the Activist-in-Residence Program?

Activism Speaker

The WGS Center for Social Justice‚Äôs Activist-in-Residence Program brings social justice activists to campus to interact directly with students. The activists come from a variety of social justice backgrounds and travel to Norman from around the world. Once on campus activists hold workshops, lead discussion groups, teach classes, screen films, assist in planning projects and campaigns, and are available to students for informal conversations. The WGS Center for Social Justice believes the personal contact and hands-on approach of the AIR Program truly benefits students and works toward our mission of inspiring students to become involved in social justice activism. The residency program covers the AIR's travel expenses and includes an honorarium. We welcome nominations for a person or group, or a self-nomination on or before December 1st. 

Call for Nominations

Spring 2020 Activist-in-Residence

Nominations for Spring 2020 are now closed. The deadline for Activist-in-Residence submissions for Spring 2021 will be posted at a later date.

To be considered, the Activist-in-Residence nominee must:

  • Not be a current OU student, faculty or staff member
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be available to temporarily join the OU community, dedicating working time to the residency for approximately one week (residency may be divided over the course of a month)
  • Be willing and able to engage in hands-on, personal contact with OU students
  • Demonstrate a documented commitment to working for social change and justice in the community

To be considered, the Activist-in-Residence nominee must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be available to temporarily join the OU comminity, dedicating working time to the residency for approximately one week (residency may be divided over the course of a month)
  • Be willing and able to engage in hands-on, personal contact with OU students
  • Demonstrate a documented committment to working for social change and justice in the community
  • Not be a current OU student, faculty, or staff member

Preference will be given to nominees who are able to engage in some of the following activities:

  • Hold interactive workshops
  • Lead reading/discussion groups
  • Teach and/or visit classes
  • Host community meetings
  • Screen films and lead discussions
  • Assist in planning projects and campaigns of interest to the OU community 
  • Be available to students for informal conversations through office hours, brown-bag lunches, and general presence on campus 
  • Organize activist training sessions for students