Lavonya Bennett, Class of 2010

The Human Relations degree is grounded in social justice and equity education. As a Master’s of Human Relations student I continued to learn so much and had the opportunity to have the theoretical knowledge and support to pursue my passion for social justice and equity. 

Since graduating with my Master’s in December of 2010 I have had the opportunity to aid in the development of a national women of color mentorship program, serve as a directorate member on the Coalition for Women’s Identities, develop and implement educational programs on race and sexism, serve as a community advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and become a published author. I have also had the opportunity to present at local, regional, and national conferences on issues of inclusive language, sexual assault prevention, LGBTQ+ equity in Higher Education, writing as activism, and much more. 

Through my work on diversity, equity, and inclusion that was foster in the Human Relations program, I have been awarded: the Robert D. Lemmon Social Justice Award (2016), OU Advocate of the Year Award (2016), Jodi Castanza Service Award (2016), ACPA Commission for Housing and Residence Life Outstanding Experienced Professional Award (2016), Black Girls Rock Staff Award (2016), African American Student Life Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award (2013), and many more! 

Because of the foundations that were laid during my Human Relations program, I will obtaining my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with an expected graduation date of May 2020! With the Human Relation’s Degree, anything is possible.

LAVONYA BENNETT, she, her, hers.