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Partners & Liaisons

We believe the success of our ambitious mission depends on building relationships with existing organizations, partnering together to help improve people's lives. 

To this end, we have cultivated relationships with a variety of organizations, including community groups, local schools, and OU student organizations. We also have community liaisons to advise the Institute director and help extend our reach into the community.

Community Organization Partners

10255 N. Pennsylvania Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73071
(405) 242-5530 | Website

"Crossings Community Center focuses on community development in the inner-city of OKC by addressing a variety of issues. We focus on our community's health: Physical Health, Relational Health, and Spiritual Health. For example, our after school program, called The Club, builds faith-based mentoring relationships while teaching character and life skills (cooking, technology, exercise, creative expression) to John Marshall Middle and High School students. With a passion for supporting strong family units, which positively affect the community at large, we host Community Nights. These nights focus on bringing the family together to have some fun, meet neighbors, and build lasting relationships. We also know the importance staying active and healthy, so we’ve partnered with Integris to offer a variety of fitness classes for those in our community that need it the most. Crossings Community Center is committed to bringing positive and lasting change to the heart of OKC because God has brought positive and lasting change to our heart."     

909 Mountain Lion Circle
Harker Heights, TX 76548
(254) 953-1923 | Website

The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies.

720 W. Wilshire, Suite 115
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
(405) 463-6886 | Website

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits equips and strengthens the Oklahoma nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and awards. Its mission is: “Building better communities through effective nonprofits.” The Standards for Excellence® clinic series is the Center’s flagship program and guides the ethics and accountability model for all training, consultation and facilitation of the Center. The state’s preeminent provider of services for charitable nonprofits, the Center’s nationally renowned reputation allows it to tailor programs to Oklahoma nonprofits to address issues of resource development, board governance, legal compliance, ethics, cultural competency, strategic planning, sustainability and public policy. Through membership and networking, the Center encourages organizations to engage in advocacy and public policy through a unified voice for the charitable sector.

301 N.W. 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 525-2928 | Website

Founded in 1972, the OCC has a long history of ministry to the people of Oklahoma. Organizing disaster relief solutions, cooperating with government agencies to educate people on specific needs, and hosting events designed to inform and promote understanding and unity, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches touches the lives of people from all socio-economic ranks. Comprised of Christian denominations, Interfaith congregations, and community organizations, the OCC connects the voices and efforts of many groups for meaningful results. Our commitment to Oklahoma has been supported for 40+ years by generous donations from individuals, churches, civic and cultural organizations, and private foundation grants.

2808 West Lexington Way
Edmond, OK 73012
(405) 359-0369 | Website

Respect Diversity Foundation is a community organization dedicated to promoting tolerance and acceptance across differences through communication, education, collaboration, and the arts.

P.O. Box 270084
Oklahoma City, OK 73137
(405) 551-8059 | Website

SALLT is a faith-based community organization whose mission is to “Serve Christian leaders from the public, private and social sectors by helping them leverage their passion, skills and influence for the common good of the city."

440 NE 70th St.,
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 858-7011 | Website

Shiloh Camp is a faith-based non-profit seeking to transform the inner-city with the love of Christ through sports, arts, and meaningful relationships and to inspire, equip, and launch the next generation. We offer numerous opportunities for children to grow in their faith, character, confidence, and care for others while enjoying a fun, high energy, adventure-filled experience on forty beautiful acres right in the heart of OKC.

Partner Schools

We have established partnerships with ten schools. When we partner with a school, we “walk along with” and assist the school in its efforts to develop a community that develops character.

We provide resources to assist faculty and staff to develop their own character as well as that of their students. We include our partner schools in our educational outreach events and outreach events for parents.


1300 Academy Road
Culver, IN 46511 USA
(574) 842-7000 | Website

"Culver Academies is a college-preparatory boarding school for boys and girls grades nine through twelve. Founded in 1894 and located in northern Indiana, the Academies offer a leadership and character-based education interwoven with a challenging academic regimen. All programming at the Culver Academies builds out from its central Mission: Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - mind, spirit, and body - through integrated programs that emphasize the cultivation of character."


125 Vicksburg Ave.
Norman, OK 73071
405.366.5941 | Website

Irving Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 in Norman, OK. The school offers a wide variety of experiences for students, in hopes of helping foster a love of learning, while further instilling values that will last a lifetime.


621 Sunrise
Norman, OK 73071
405.366.5894 | Website

At Kennedy Elementary, we believe all students can learn at high levels and accept this responsibility. We will improve academic and social skills in every student.

Vision Statement: Every student achieving, everyone accountable.


215 N. Ponca
Norman, OK 73071
405.366.5948 | Website

The Mission of Longfellow Middle School is to promote lifelong learning and student achievement. The Vision of Longfellow Middle Schools is that all students will learn at high levels.

We are PRIDE! Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Effort.


911 West Main
Norman, OK 73069
405.366.5812 | Website

The mission of Norman High School is to prepare and inspire all students to achieve their full potential. Values: Citizenship, Scholarship, and Character (Civitas -- Litterae -- Virtus)


1809 Stubbeman Ave.
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
405.366.5954 | Website

Nestled in the heart of a world-class academic community, the Norman Public School District is the eighth-largest in Oklahoma. The district, which is located near the University of Oklahoma, has earned a reputation for academic excellence, robust fine arts programs, first-rate athletic teams and providing opportunities for all students to reach their full potential. (Source: School District Website)


P.O. Box 720968
Oklahoma City, OK 73172 
Website

The goal of Odyssey Leadership Academy is to focus on the values of identity formation, virtue development, compassion and the pursuit of wisdom through constructive mentoring relationships, transformative curriculum and real-world experiences in order to shape the next generation of thought leaders, innovators, storytellers, and visionaries to be voices of change in their communities and architects of repair in the world! (Source: School Website)


6921 Plaza Mayor Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73149
405.631.6100 | District Website

Santa Fe South Schools is a fully accredited public charter school district serving students from Pre-K through 12th grades. Operational since 2001, SFS serves students from the Oklahoma City Public School District attendance area. Student enrollment totals just over 2,400 with approximately 900 in High School, 600 in Middle School, and 900 in Elementary School. Oklahoma City Public Schools is our single authorizer. We are the largest comprehensive charter school in the state and one of the largest in the region. We are a tuition-free public institution, and there are no testing or other requirements for admission other than to be a student in the OKCPS district. We hold a lottery each year for open positions and admission is awarded on a randomly-chosen basis. (Source: School District Website)


6921 Plaza Mayor Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73149
405.631.6100 | Website

The Academy of Classical Christian Studies is Oklahoma City's only full-service PreK-12 classical Christian school, providing a transdenominational offering of multiple models of classical Christian education to over 500 students from more than 300 families from over 75 churches on 3 different campuses across the Oklahoma City metro. (Source: School Website)


600 48th Ave. SE
Norman, OK 73026
405.366.5984 | Website

Washington Elementary School strives to make children confident and creative builders of their future. We work towards a differentiated curriculum that reaches across subjects and grade levels. Students are encouraged to meet all challenges with openness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to solve problems. Our school promotes a  responsible, organized, cooperative, and kind environment where each student’s self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with students and staff. We aim for a safe and supportive atmosphere, with respect for individual differences and community values. (Source: School Website)

Virtues Across Continents Partners

In service of the first branch of our mission, advancing the science of virtue and flourishing, we have established our Virtues Across Continents initiative. We aim to serve as a hub, connecting similar institutions around the world to support the sharing of research and collaboration on virtue-related projects. Below is a list of our partner organizations.

OrganizationLocation
Aretai: Center on VirtuesUniversity of Genoa, Italy
Monash Bioethics CentreMonash University, Australia
Danish School of EducationAarhus University, Denmark
Department for the Study of CultureUniversity of Southern Denmark
Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Auckland, New Zealand
Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Cape Town,
South Africa
Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Genoa, Italy
Department of Philosophy University of Oslo, Norway
Department of Psychology – Personality and AssessmentUniversity of Zurich, Switzerland
Division of Differential Psychology and Psychological AssessmentMartin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Humanities InstituteUniversity of Connecticut, CT
Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and JournalismUniversity of Gdańsk, Poland
Japan Positive Psychology AssociationTokyo, Japan
Karimia Institute
Nottingham, England
Markets, Culture and Ethics Research CentrePontifical University of the Holy Cross, Italy
Step Up To ServeLondon, England
The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative ValuesMass. Institute of Technology, MA, U.S.A.
The Jubilee Centre for Character & VirtuesUniversity of Birmingham, England
The Oxford Character ProjectOxford, England
The Public Discourse Project: Balancing Humility & Conviction in Public Life
University of Connecticut, CT
VIA Institute on CharacterCincinnati, Ohio
Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of LifeUniversity of Chicago

Student Organization Partners

Flourish

Flourish is a new student organization dedicated to promoting human flourishing through work on three main fronts: cultivating a community that exemplifies love, empathy, and acceptance; fostering richer interpersonal understanding; and focusing on the intentional refreshment of all persons.

Eta Sigma Phi

This prestigious national honor society for students of the Classics sponsors many exciting events. Its national prestige and connections make it a must for those seriously studying the Classics.

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Community Liaisons

Our community liaisons promote the Institute’s mission in their interactions with civic and community organizations in the state of Oklahoma and beyond, providing important opportunities for the Institute to network with, and eventually to facilitate, the work of these organizations.


NOEL JACOBS, PH.D.
Assoc. Professor of Pediatrics
Licensed Psychologist
Gen. and Comm. Pediatrics
OU Health Sciences Center


SAEED SARANI

M.Ed., M.B.A

Community Liaison