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

Bollywood’s impact on the patriarchal society in India

Rijutha & Shreya discuss the portrayal of women in Bollywood films and how it may be affecting day-to-day life for women in India.

Rijutha Garimella is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science & Chemistry. She hopes to be a part of the medical world one day, but also hopes to fuel her curious spirit by learning about the world around her. Rijutha strives to make an impact on the community and is involved with Class Council, Student Alumni Association, and the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth on campus. In her free time, you can find Rijutha cooking for her family and friends, dancing, or reading. She loves making people laugh, aspires to travel the world, and learn as many languages as possible.

Shreya is an undergraduate senior at the University of Oklahoma studying Economics and Computer Science. Through her studies at OU, she has found an interest in social inequalities in non-Western countries. As a first-generation Indian immigrant, she has a passion for revealing social and gender issues regarding her own homeland which has led her to underta

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

 

 

Transitioning people out of homelessness one issue at a time

Ranya O’Connor tells her story of starting a street paper to help transition people out of homelessness. She discusses how singular actions and interactions can help chip away at even our biggest societal issues.

Ranya Forgotson O’Connor hails from Norman, Oklahoma and serves as Director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine that employs homeless and at-risk individuals in Oklahoma City, helping them earn a dignified income and transition into housing and on to further employment opportunities. In addition to covering the local OKC scene, The Curbside Chronicle also includes articles written by those experiencing homelessness and about issues of poverty in our local community. Ranya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Marketing and minor in Nonprofit Business. Ranya is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the creativity of finding solutions to social problems through business. She also loves a good pot of Moroccan tea, the art of taxidermy, her Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, and her four cats.

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

Zainab Shakir and the Victory of Islamophobia

University of Oklahoma student Zainab Shakir speaks on her experience as a Muslim American and how what each of us brings to the table of religion can be used to have a real conversation about fighting Islamophobia.

Zainab Shakir is a senior at OU, studying microbiology with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and history. She aspires to a career in the health sciences, and serves as an interpreter at the Manos Juntas free medical clinic. In addition to volunteering, she tutors for the OU Honors College Writing Center and is the Vice Chair of Adjudication for the OU Integrity Council. Despite what her academic pursuits suggest, Zainab is also an avid writer; she has completed two novel-length works and multiple short stories. Zainab hopes to spark a love of writing in other students, and to make a positive impact on her community through her written works. In her free time, she enjoys piano, swimming, painting, and yoga.

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

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

Allen Hertzke Advocates For Putting Religious Freedom Back on the Map

Dr. Hertzke’s research has lead him around the world and to three conclusions that he shares in this Talk: Religious freedom is essential to human dignity; it matters more than ever; and it is imperiled.

Dr. Allen Hertzke has chronicled the movement for religious freedom since being plunged into a world of human rights champions, religious exiles, and international law defenders at a think tank conference in 1998.

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

Melanie Maguire Talks Endangered Species and Economics

Melanie is passionate about using economics to find creative solutions to a variety of policy problems. While studying abroad in Peru, she experienced the stark disconnect between the solutions researchers propose and the realities of policy implementation, and work on her honors thesis project inspired her to share the creative environmental conservation solutions that contradict traditional paradigms. When she’s not talking about economics, you can find her singing, tap dancing, or planning a trip around the world. Melanie is a senior economics major and plans to attend graduate school in order to prepare herself for a career in public policy analysis.

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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)

Amyie Kao Uses Coffee to Combat the World Water Crisis

Amyie Kao was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband, Daniel, founded Mariposa Coffee, an artisan micro-roastery in Norman. Mariposa is built on the principles of giving back to community, roasting coffee with passion, and advocating for social justice. In 2013, Mariposa partnered with Water4, to put a water well in a C.O.E. coffee-growing region of Rwanda that brings 600 villagers access to clean water. Amyie received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Oklahoma. She was pre-med, the recipient of the Fern L. Holland Award in 2006, served with AmeriCorps in 2008, and a LEND fellow in 2011.

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)

Laura Brunson Explains the Water Crisis

http://youtu.be/lg9EjkqXPhI

Laura Brunson is an EPA STAR Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science researching ways to improve drinking water.  Laura’s research includes testing and developing innovative treatment technologies and working on methods of implementing water treatment technologies in developing communities.  Laura enjoys working with students when teaching courses on social entrepreneurship in the College of Business at OU and in the future plans to both teach and do development work focused on water, poverty reduction and promoting gender equality.