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Virtual Symposium
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Kayla Storrs

Going the Extra Mile: Cultural Competence for Maximum Success

DesJean Jones

Creative Funding for Your Program or Project

Susan Reynolds

ESL Pronunciation Strategies


10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-11:30: Going the Extra Mile: Cultural Competence for Maximum Success by Kayla Storrs

11:30-12:15: Lunch

12:15-12:30: Return & Door Prizes

12:30-1:45, Session 1: Creative Funding for your Program or Project by DesJean Jones

12:30-1:45, Session 2: ESL Pronunciation Strategies by Susan Reynolds

1:45-1:50: Closing

Kayla Storrs

Going the Extra Mile: Cultural Competence for Maximum Success

In this course, participants will learn about cultural competence and its direct impact on the communities we serve and will learn approaches to serving different communities more effectively based on an understanding of and respect for different cultures and backgrounds.


Kayla Storrs, a native Texan, currently serves as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds degrees from The University of Oklahoma and The University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education. Kayla is a vocal advocate for underrepresented populations and people of color, doing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work for organizations across all sectors. Her work is vast and varied, ranging from facilitating workshops and training for students/faculty/staff to conducting internal organizational evaluations and informing strategic planning. A young, passionate, energetic DEI practitioner, Kayla is relatable, approachable, and has a way of engaging her audience with even the most uncomfortable of topics. 

Creative Funding for Your Program or Project

Finding funding for a nonprofit or service project can be a challenge.  Everyone is always searching for the "one-shot-one-kill" approach. But with a little extra planning and some preparation, there are creative ways to fund your next big idea or greater-good program.  In this workshop, learn the steps to get in the right headspace for creative funding.

DesJean Jones

DesJean Jones is the Executive Director for Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, Inc. (OIC), a nonprofit dedicated to motivating and inspiring adult students through academic and career education. Previously, she was the Operations Manager for Jordan Advertising and has extensive experience in operations, planning, coordination, adult instruction, and training. Her background also includes expertise as a licensed Paralegal/Legal Assistant for several law firms throughout Oklahoma City. DesJean received her formal education from Oklahoma State University and Langston University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. DesJean received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Executive Coaching from the University of Texas-Dallas, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is credentialed through the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

A native Oklahoman, DesJean is mother to US Air Force Staff Sergeant Morris Freeman. She is active within the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, Oklahoma Employment & Training Alliance (OKETA), OSU Student Advisory Board, the Queens Roundtable, New Visions Economic Development Corporation, and Cut It Forward. She serves the Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention (POBSC) currently as Executive Secretary. She is an active member of the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, and as a licensed Minister serves on the board of trustees, with the Queens Project Women’s Ministry, and a member of Voices of Triumph Praise Team. DesJean pursues a wide range of consultant activities, entrepreneurial interests and is a published author. DesJean was recognized as one of 50 Women Making a Difference in 2019, and an honoree for Most Admired CEO in 2021 by The Journal Record. DesJean is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 

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ESL Pronunciation Strategies

Covering ways to help English language learning students, we will discuss pronunciation strategies - from syllables to sentences.

After attending Oklahoma State University, Susan taught high school English and Spanish and completed a Masters in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She took an extended leave to care for her family and began tutoring English and working part-time for English as a Second Language (ESL) schools. In 2019, she attended Oklahoma City University for her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. Currently, Susan is receiving training in Color Vowel methods.

Susan teaches adult ESL classes for Oklahoma City Community College at their Family and Community Education Center. Susan also is involved with the Language Learning Fellowship at Northwest Baptist Church.

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