Native Men Are Being Raped

In narratives about sexual and intimate partner violence, we often forget about race. Nicolás Juárez talks about ways to change this in the context of Native American men and what it means for how we fight it. Nicolás Juárez is a Native American studies student at the University of Oklahoma. His work focuses on an examination of the intersections of race and power with a focus on settler colonialism. He hails from Youngsville, Louisiana and has Tzotzil ancestry. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

The Power of our Words: From Language Stigma to Language Celebration

In this talk, Carey Flack discusses the importance of minoritized and indigenous languages, supported by evidence from real communities about how language knowledge has made communities stronger. Carey Flack is a two-time social entrepreneur who believes in the power of community and technology. During her time as a student at the University of Oklahoma, Carey founded Roomswap, a lease-swapping tool that saved students $100,000 in rent. Since her graduation, Carey has co-founded BLOOM, a tool that offers introductory courses for a host of global Indigenous languages. BLOOM is currently working in conjunction with the Cherokee Nation and is set to launch its first course in 2018. Carey received her BBA in Entrepreneurship and minor in African & African American Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. The same year that she was named a “Power Girl” by Seventeen Magazine for her work in social impact technology. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Lucy Mahaffey Has 48 Slaves Working For Her. You Can Change That

In this talk, Lucy describes how she went from simply being passionate about the issue of human trafficking, to actively making a difference.

Lucy Mahaffey learned that slavery still exists when she was 12 years old. Since then, she has made continual and impactful efforts to eradicate human trafficking. Lucy has created a curriculum, HOPE Student Awareness, to educate Oklahoma’s high schools on human trafficking, and she is the founder of Off The Market, the University of Oklahoma’s first conference on human trafficking awareness.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Akash Patel Discuss the Persistence of Undocumented Students

Akash Patel is a political science senior at OU and a Ewing Public Service Fellow who spent this summer researching education policy in Washington, D.C. After graduating in May, he plans to take a year off to work on immigration and education policy either in Oklahoma or in D.C. as well as apply for the Fulbright Scholarship. After spending 16 years as an undocumented immigrant, Akash was inspired to advocate for other struggling immigrants through his honors research project concerning undocumented students in Oklahoma. He now works with the American Civil Liberties Union on the Immigrants Rights Project as well as with the Oklahoma City Public School District to augment English Language Learning programs. After his time off from academia, Akash plans to apply to law school to develop his passion in immigration law and policy.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Jake Morgan and Neal Walia on Empathic Storytelling

Jake Morgan and Neal Walia are seeking to show the power of shared experience and how it can bring light to the emotions and thoughts we might never express. Both pre-med juniors at the University of Oklahoma, Jake and Neal see the inherent value of empathy not only in the occupation of a physician but also in our everyday interactions. Jake is a microbiology and Italian double major who dedicates his time to teaching his peers organic chemistry and the Italian language. When he’s not living and breathing peer education, he loves to “couchsurf” around Europe while honing his Italian. Jake plans to teach medical students in the future as a physician with the hope of communicating the significance of empathy in patient-physician interactions. Neal is studying psychology and hopes to utilize the principles in this field to connect with his future patients. A health fanatic, Neal is constantly active whether its break dancing or running around with Siberian husky, Boomer.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Nicole Jarvis Finds Purpose in the Face of Tragedy

Nicole Jarvis, a mother of two 6 year old identical twin boys was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at 38. Since her diagnosis, she has learned to embrace her disease by launching a grassroots funding research foundation.

Dr. Nicole Jarvis was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. She attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1999 with Honors and as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. She is the mother of 6 year old identical twin boys, Zachary and Ryan. Two years ago, at age 38, Dr. Jarvis was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. She has become actively involved in the Parkinson’s community, serving on the Board of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, in addition to being an active fundraiser for Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. In January 2013, Dr. Jarvis founded her own organization, The Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation,Inc.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a a Time

FeelGood is a volunteer youth movement of changemakers committed to ending global hunger in our lifetime. Around the country, people are raising money for the end of hunger by running FeelGood Grilled Cheese Delis on college campuses. Every penny raised is invested in hunger-ending organizations with a proven track record of success.

Start a chapter: http://www.feelgood.org/start/

Kristin Walter and Talis Apud-Hendricks are passionate about ending world hunger in our lifetimes. After meeting in college in 2004, they co-founded FeelGood as a student organization with the belief that even something as small as a grilled cheese can make a difference. Kristin has been FeelGood’s Executive Director since graduating in 2005 with a Finance Degree. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement with over 29 chapters and 17 more currently seeded. FeelGood partners with over 1200 student volunteers, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.4 million for the end of hunger. Talis manages the inovation for FeelGood’s education and technology programs. With an M.S. in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, she has pioneered an online platform for meaningfully connecting FeelGood’s many student communities and developing their educational and entrepreneurial goals. Before coming to FeelGood, Talis was a professional athlete, qualifying for the Mexican Olympic team in 2008. She has over seven years experience as a consultant in intercultural management.

Turning a Talk Into a Better Block

Better Block OKC is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. So what inspired Allison Barta Bailey and Kristen Vails to do this? A simple Talk.

Allison is an independent retail consultant. Kristen is currently the Executive Director for the Plaza District in Oklahoma City.

Julia Ehrhardt Begs For People To Learn To Cook From Scratch

Raised in Springfield, New Jersey and a graduate of Duke and Yale, Ehrhardt teaches courses on American Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, Food Studies and coordinates the Education Abroad program in Arezzo, Italy for the University of Oklahoma Honors College. She is an avid bicyclist, cook and food activist.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Beatrice Williamson On The Power Of Education

Beatrice Williamson is a distinguished leader known for her warmth, humor and commitment to learning. She was born in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. From the age of nine years old until her second year of college, Beatrice received a scholarship for education from Swedish missionary Anna Lanson. Education was what Beatrice needed to rise above her circumstances and realize her potential.

“Aunty Bea” as the Maisha children affectionately call her, came to The United States in 2001. In the meantime, Beatrice’s family, living in the village of Kano, just outside of Kisumu, expressed the need and dire situation of the orphans and widows living in their community. The fruition of Beatrice’s dream began in 2006, when she founded Maisha International Orphanage in response to this call for help. Now, her passion is to reach out to orphaned and destitute children and provide them with the same opportunity Anna Lanson gave her. By making a difference in the lives of the children from her home village, Beatrice strives to create a brighter future for the next generation. Her passion is to reach out to orphaned and destitute children and continue the Legacy of Hope Anna Lanson began.