Belinda P. Biscoe, PhD
Interim Senior Associate Vice President, University Outreach
PhD, University of Oklahoma
MA, BA, Fisk University
Dr. Belinda Biscoe is the Senior Associate Vice President for University Outreach at the University of Oklahoma. In her role, she provides leadership for more than 500 individuals in 18 departments within the Public and Community Services division. Dr. Biscoe’s colleagues and friends often refer to her as a renaissance woman because of her many talents and her ability to successfully juggle a tremendous workload that would drown most professionals.
Prior to her career in the College of Continuing Education, Dr. Biscoe served as an administrator in education and the non-profit arena. Dr. Biscoe served as a senior researcher in the Department of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Oklahoma City Public School District, and the Director of External Programs, federal, state, and, local.
A psychologist, an internationally certified preventionist, and a state certified drug and alcohol prevention director, Dr. Biscoe co-founded a community-based non-profit organization that now employs more than 150 individuals. She also founded a corporation whose mission is to garner funding to support programs that improve the quality of life for thousands of Oklahomans. During the course of her career, she has secured finding to support programs in excess of $100 million dollars.
Dr. Biscoe has received numerous awards at the state and national level for excellence in teaching, leadership, scholarship and continuing education. Her honors include:
Oklahoma Journal Record Woman of the Year
Adelle Robertson National Continuing Professional Educator Award from UCEA
Great Plains Regional Continuing Professional Educator Award from UCEA
Dr. Biscoe was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in a family where education was promoted as the key to opportunity and quality of life. “I love making a difference. Growing up in a segregated world made me very resilient and determined to make whatever contributions I could to improving the quality of life for others.” Belinda is a risk taker, in a planned and intentional way. “I always tell my to take creative risks, and jump, knowing that a net will appear.”
Jane N. Irungu, PhD
Executive Director, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
PhD, University of Kansas
MS, University of Kansas
BEd, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Irungu has more than three decades of experience in the field of education, organizational management and intercultural relations. She has worked extensively with K-12, higher education professionals and private organizations in the U.S. and in Africa.
Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2017, Dr. Irungu held different positions at the University of Oregon (UO): Assistant Vice President in the Division of Student Life; Assistant Vice President and Director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence in the Division of Equity and Inclusion, Director of Graduation and Post-Graduation Success, and Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Academic Success.
During her tenure at UO, her portfolio included, among others: oversight of programs for historically underserved, underrepresented, first-generation, undocumented and international students' network of support; faculty and staff resource groups; leadership development and training; scholarship administration; community outreach and pipeline programs; ethnic organizations; social justice initiatives through the multicultural center, and post-graduation success. Dr. Irungu also served in numerous campus-wide committees, was an elected member of the Officers of Administration Staff Council and participated in strategic planning initiatives focusing on student success, campus diversity, equity and inclusion strategic planning and many others.
Dr. Irungu is on leave to serve as Interim Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma.
Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD
Interim Executive Director, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
PhD - University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (2005)
MSW - Portland State University (1999)
BS - Washington State University (1997)
Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, joining the faculty in 2005. Dr. Natale teaches across the social work curriculum including courses in Human Diversity and Societal Oppression, Diversity and Social Justice, Human Services Administration, Social Welfare Policy Analysis, Community Organization and Development, Human Lifespan Development, Counseling issues in Human Sexuality, and Social Work Practice with LGBTQQIPA2+ populations. He was inducted into the Social Work Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence in 2015, and awarded the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2019. Dr. Natale has a distinguished research record that has evolved into four themes, health disparities among minoritized populations with a particular interest in HIV/AIDS prevention, Trauma and Gender Informed interventions in Social Work practice, Social Work practice with LGBTQQIPA2+ populations, and Social Work Pedagogy.
Dr. Natale had held several administrative roles prior to his appointment in SWCHRS including, Social Work Graduate Coordinator, Assistant Director of the School of Social Work, and Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence in the OU Graduate College. As a social worker, Dr. Natale has committed his professional and academic career to advancing social, political, economic, and environmental justice for marginalized and oppressed populations.