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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

OSU-Tulsa professor to discuss forming academic-community partnerships for social change


Denni Blum, associate professor of social foundations and qualitative inquiry, standing right, speaks during the first meeting of the Child Sex Trafficking course at OSU-Tulsa last spring.

When Dr. Denni Blum was urged by fellow members of the Tulsa Area Task Force on Child Sex Trafficking to create a course to help local educators combat the crime, she knew that collaborating with community partners would be the most effective approach.

Blum, associate professor of social foundations and qualitative inquiry at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, worked with law enforcement and advocacy groups to develop the curriculum and select guest speakers. The course was offered last spring at OSU-Tulsa and is the first of its kind in the OSU system.

She will share her experience creating and facilitating the course at noon on April 13 in North Hall 150 during a presentation “Child Sex Trafficking and Schools: A University Course Response to a Community Need.”

The event is sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library and targets faculty, students and educators. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“For me, this course takes the concept of service-learning and community partnership to a whole new level,” Blum said. “I have taught service-learning courses for years in the U.S. and abroad. But this is the first course I have taught that can literally make a difference between life and death.”

Blum will share what she has learned about collaboration and empowerment in facilitating the course as well as effective teaching methods and approaches. She also will discuss how to develop a syllabus, create community partnerships and incorporate off-campus learning.

The OSU-Tulsa child sex trafficking course was created to help school personnel learn to identify victims of the crime and intervene within their own districts.

“Based on class surveys, this course was a collaborative and innovative model that proved valuable to raising awareness of the crime and helping child victims,” she said.

To RSVP, visit the OSU-Tulsa Library website or call 918-594-8133 by 5 p.m. on April 11. Attendees may bring their own lunch or indicate when making reservations that they will purchase a boxed lunch at the event. The first 20 registrants will receive a free boxed lunch. For more information, email librarian Emrys Moreau.

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