The Department of Human Relations was founded in 1970 with a mission to train professionals in the field of human relations. It was established during a period of time in which social activism and social justice was a prominent, visible, and developing ethic within the American culture. The program has grown in size and scope during the past four decades, while it has maintained an orientation toward social justice through a multidisciplinary perspective. Human Relations is a multi-disciplinary field of study and professional practice that incorporates teaching and learning techniques which promote democratic values, advocacy, and social justice. The program provides the skills and knowledge to work with diverse populations and to confront systemic discrimination and oppression in a variety of workplaces.
What is the importance of understanding Human Relations?
Dr. George Henderson
Dr. George Henderson became a University of Oklahoma faculty member in 1967. He was the third African-American appointed to a full-time faculty position. During his tenure, he has achieved many notable achievements, including four distinguished professorships and fifty University and community awards and honors.
Dr. Henderson created the Human Relations Program. He was dean of the College of Liberal Studies from 1996 to 2000. In 2001, the University established the Henderson Scholars Program to honor Dr. Henderson. Also, the Henderson-Tolson Cultural Center bears his name.
Dr. Henderson is a civil rights scholar and lecturer. He has authored or coauthored thirty books and fifty articles. He has served as a consultant to dozens of state and national organizations. In 2003, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. Also in 2003, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
OETA Interview with Dr. Henderson (Originally broadcast on February 22, 2011)