ImpactTulsa Joins Community, National Partners for 2020 StriveTogether Convening

  [caption id="attachment_54715" align="aligncenter" width="960"] ImpactTulsa team members and community partners share where they were tuning in from for the opening keynote of the 2020 StriveTogether Cradle to Career Convening.[/caption]   While normally the end of September would bring an opportunity for the ImpactTulsa team to join together with StriveTogether partners from across the country at a physical conference, the new digital format debuted in 2020 allowed more ImpactTulsa community partners than ever to join in the week of learning and empowerment.   The StriveTogether 2020 Cradle to Career Convening,...

ImpactTulsa & BEST launch Affinity Learning Cohorts led by oneTilt

  ImpactTulsa, in partnership with the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST), is thrilled to launch a new initiative with oneTilt, a company with a focus on supporting organizations to build inclusive teams and leaders, aimed at advancing racial equity and inclusive leadership. oneTilt, will facilitate six race-based affinity learning cohorts for ImpactTulsa and BEST partners frontline and executive leadership staff members in the 2020-2021 school year. Affinity Learning Communities create an opportunity for individuals with a shared identity to gather and talk in a safe...

Dr. Delia Kimbrel Recognized with National Award for Community Service

On Friday, StriveTogether announced that ImpactTulsa Director of Research and Data Analysis Dr. Delia Kimbrel has been named the 2020 Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award winner.   “ I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor or anyone who more exemplifies the tenacity, genius, and fortitude of a true cradle to career leader, StriveTogether CEO Jennifer Blatz said. “[Delia’s] leadership has encouraged me, inspired me, and impressed me.”   StriveTogether awards the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award to an individual who embodies passion,...

Task Force Calls for Community Input to Shape the Future of Higher Education in Tulsa

Sept. 23, 2020 (TULSA, OKLA.)--Tulsans live in a reality where fewer than one in six students enrolled in Oklahoma community colleges go on to graduate from a four-year institution. However, the Tulsa Higher Education Task Force is taking bold steps to improve that statistic by starting with community input. A survey, launched today, is one way adults in the Tulsa area can participate with these key community partners to solve issues surrounding higher education in the region.   The 10-minute survey is available at www.TulsaHigherEd.com in English,...

Continuous Learning & Improvement (CLI) as a tool to integrate equity into crisis decision-making

  by Curcio Smith and Lauren King   During crises, such as the COVID-19 and the fight for anti-racism and racial justice, the needs of people and the community rise in number and variety. This often puts heavy strain on social service and education organizations creating a need for quick decisions that ultimately have far-reaching impact. For example, when schools began to close due to COVID-19, many districts had to quickly create food distribution plans with relatively little window for planning. As people are making those decisions and...

ImpactTulsa Works with City of Tulsa to Provide Internet Access to Families Across Tulsa

On August 13, ImpactTulsa was proud to stand alongside leaders from the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Public Schools as we shared news about the funding of the Internet Access Task Force, which will bring free and low-cost wifi options to families across the city. These projects will be funded from the $30.9 million in State Coronavirus Relief Funds that the City of Tulsa will receive as a part of the State’s block grant program to municipalities and counties. Those funds will be used to meet the three initial objectives...

Collaboration Calls Help Schools and Businesses Connect on School Re-Entry

by Bailey McBride    As more and more students return to school both from home and in physical buildings, parents and business leaders are left with many questions about how to balance the new normal in education with employee needs and constraints. In order to help the community find solutions collaboratively, ImpactTulsa and the City of Tulsa joined forces to lead a series of collaborative calls for business leaders in preparation for the school year to examine how they might support the community and their employees in...

Equity in Education: Advancing Racial Equity in Public Schools

by Laura Latta, Ph.D., Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships and Research    Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final installment in the ImpactTulsa multi-part series, Equity in Education. For the previous three installments, please check the bottom of this post.   A Personal Note When I began writing this series in November, 2019, I certainly had no idea that over the course of the next seven months “life as usual” would be completely disrupted by a global pandemic,  causing hundreds of thousands of Americans (over a million global citizens) to...

IMPACTTULSA CONVENES BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL RE-ENTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2020   TULSA, OKLA. — ImpactTulsa and the City of Tulsa are leading a collaborative space for business leaders in preparation for the school year. ImpactTulsa is hosting a virtual collaboration call series for business leaders to examine how they might support the community and their employees in light of school reopening changes.   Mayor G.T. Bynum will kick-off the first collaboration call taking place this Friday, August 7, at 8 a.m. to spark ideas and inspire those present to collaborate on sharing ideas,...

Beyond Ally to Anti-Racist: Lessons from a White Leader on a Lifelong Journey

By Lauren Thiesse   The acts of racism like the recent violence against unarmed Black people across our nation including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, are not a new occurrence. Black people have spoken out about these injustices for lifetimes. Many people who have just now realized this need for change have benefitted from the protection of white privilege, and like me, are being called to action.   While working for ImpactTulsa, a data-driven organization with a vision for all students to be guaranteed a...