Kara Morgan graduated magna cum laude in May 2005 with a BA in psychology, a BA in Sociology, and a M.Ed. in Educational Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies
While at OU, she was a research assistant in the Psychology Personality Lab as an undergraduate and served as a teaching assistant in sociology for Prof. Ann Beutel, who later chaired Morgan’s master's thesis. Morgan participated in a student environmental group and volunteered with the international student office as both an undergraduate and graduate student. As a graduate student, she worked as a research assistant for the Center for Educational Development and Research. Morgan also started a non-profit group for caregivers who are also students, named OMEC, working to raise awareness of the needs of parent/caregiver students and advocating for a whole-person approach in academic life and education.
Morgan had the opportunity to study abroad in Sweden for a year in 2003. Originally intending to spend a semester Stockholm, Morgan enjoyed it so much that she transferred to a school in Linköping for a second semester.
Morgan’s time in the Honors college helped her to do her best in all areas and to constantly challenge herself to learn new things and to be open to the possibility of there being different and perhaps better way of doing things or seeing things. She was able to talk her way into a graduate level politics course as an undergraduate in Sweden because of her Honors classes and status.
After graduating from OU in May 2010, Morgan went to work for the Department of Human Services. She worked in Adult and Family Services as a TANF worker for a while and transferred to Child Welfare a few years ago. She was a Permanency Planning worker for a couple of years, working with children in state custody and their families. Now, Morgan coordinates and facilitates meetings between natural families, child welfare staff and court personnel, foster families, and other agency partners and service providers to help make sure children and families are supported, everyone is communicating, and make plans to address any needs or barriers to success and permanency for children. Morgan is very pleased to have a good career that is satisfying and aligns with her core values, as well as a beautiful family and healthy, wonderful children.