David Fernandez



It’s the top of the sixth, the women of Oklahoma’s softball team are poised to finish their improbable journey and capture Oklahoma’s Third National Championship since 2000. My nine year old daughter sits impatiently with a level of excitement and stress not experience by children her age. Yet, she watches each moment, every play, and wonders how she can mimic these players she watches at her little league. My wife and two other children are wearing their Oklahoma colors and apparel, and cheer and sigh in unison. This atmosphere has been prevalent in our household, during football season, during the final four and just about any time which an Oklahoma sporting event is televised. However, this scene is unfolding 1,300 miles away, in the home of an Oklahoma Alumni who has never set foot in Oklahoma or the campus at Norman.

This is not a misprint; I am a proud Alumnus of the Masters of Human Relations program at The University of Oklahoma and have never been near the state of Oklahoma. I am a product of OU’s commitment to our service members defending our country overseas. These OU professors travelled thousands of miles to military bases in far off islands and provided an opportunity which has payed dividends in areas I could never have imagined. To date, this Master’s degree has helped me get into law school, helped me start my own practice with a diverse group of employees, and helped me succeed in advocating for my clients through a unique public policy perspective.

This Masters of Human Relations program is an ideal program for the life-long learner; the student who is more concerned with exploring curious and challenging fields, than with a traditional textbook course. This program has provided me with an understanding of the diverse social histories and developments of cultures around the world. Additionally, the program provided me with an understanding of the mental, behavioral and emotional ailments and experiences which govern the actions of others. These skills have been critical in my advocacy in the courtroom and in the community. I can not only look at a prospective client’s issues based on the applicable law, but more importantly with a deeper understanding of the root issues that often lead to more meaningful representation. Through OU’s MHR program I have learned that advocating is not only about advancing a client’s position, but understanding the purpose of the position and how that position advances a greater societal interest. It is because of this program that I consider my field more than the practice of law, rather the practice of counseling through intellectual minefields.

What can you do with a degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma? Can you take on an exciting position in the ever changing and challenging HR filed for a corporate client? Can you counsel and advise a distressed family? Can you help treat a mental psychosis? Or can you study and publish works on the cultural impact of a unique but growing sect in society? The point is not what you can do, is that OU’s MHR program will help provide you with the skills necessary to be limited only by your own desires and imagination.