This week, I attended the Unity Symposium events on Tuesday and Wednesday. The two day event was put on by different organizations on campus, one that I’m a proud member of, AISA (American Indian Student Association)!! The event had multiple speakers from all different professions and backgrounds. The main message in all of the speeches was the importance of embracing differences, diversity, and inclusion. Some of the first day’s speakers were the OU College of Law’s dean Joseph Harroz, the Cherokee Nation Principal cheif Chad Smith, and Republican state representative Chris Kannady. The event was supposed to kick off with a speech from David Boren, but he was unable to attend (I was very sad about this…….). All of the speakers did a tremendous job and the organizations putting this event together spent a lot of time and energy and that was evident in the success.
Although I loved the first day of this event, the second day had to be my favorite! I wasn’t able to attend it all, but I was able to attend a panel discussion with Clark Stroud and OU Vice Presidents Jabar Shumate. I thoroughly enjoyed this because this panel discussion included current students here at the University of Oklahoma. Although all of the speakers that the organizations contacted for this event gave great speeches, but as as a young student, sometimes it’s nice to hear the perspective from someone your own age and has a direct understanding of the topics that were discussed.
My name is Kelsey Norton and I'm currently a freshman here at the University of Oklahoma. This blog will involve all things international and will contain reflections for a program I'm involved in here at the University, The Global Engagement Fellowship program.