Belinda P. Biscoe, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice President for University Outreach / College of Continuing Education
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
M.A., B.A., Fisk University
Dr. Belinda Biscoe is the Senior Associate Vice President for University Outreach / College of Continuing Education 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.”
Anthony P. Natale, Ph.D., MSW
Director, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
The University of Oklahoma Outreach / College of Continuing Education
Ph.D. - University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (2005)
MSW - Portland State University (1999)
BS - Washington State University (1997)
Anthony P. Natale, Ph.D., MSW, serves as Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. In addition, he is an 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, Human Services Administration, Social Welfare Policy Analysis, Community Organization and Development, Human Lifespan Development, and Human Sexuality. He was inducted into the Social Work Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence in 2015 and awarded the University of Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2019.
Dr. Natale's distinguished research record has evolved into four themes: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Belonging (IDEA-B) in higher education, HIV/AIDS health disparities among minoritized populations, trauma-informed interventions in social work practice, and social work with LGBTQQIPA2+ people.
Dr. Natale had held several administrative roles before his appointment in SWCHRS, including Social Work Graduate Coordinator, Assistant Director of the School of Social Work, and Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. As a social worker, Dr. Natale has committed his professional and academic career to advancing social, political, economic, and environmental justice for systemically and systematically marginalized and oppressed people.