What is Engaged Research?

Engaged research is an important part of the Center for Social Justice’s mission. We work to provide both faculty and students with opportunities for collaborative research across disciplines. 

Engaged research operates on the principle of mutual benefit between participating professors and various organizations. Outcomes include research and solutions that lead to long-term progress and development for all participants.

Current faculty research collaborations include research on LGBTQ youth in rural Oklahoma, Human Trafficking, and Reproductive Health.

The Center also offers opportunities for students to collaborate on engaged research projects benefiting the Oklahoma community. We emphasize the importance of self-motivated research endeavors, whether it relates to academic fields of interest, or conducting research in social justice or nonprofit sectors.The goal for students to participate in engaged research is for those students to walk away with the knowledge and skills to apply their academic studies to multidisciplinary and real-world situations in order to address and solve challenges facing local and global communities.

Women Behind Bars Research Project and Film

"WOMEN BEHIND BARS" is a film production by former Women's and Gender Studies student, Amina Benalioulhaj, affiliated with the Center for Social Justice and the research of Presidential Professor of Sociology, Dr. Susan Sharp.

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SMART Program

JoAnna Wall, adjunct lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies, is currently engaged in the Single Mother's Academic Resource Team ( SMART) program with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. SMART consists of research identifying barriers that prevent single mothers from pursuing higher education, including childcare, transportation, lack of support, lack of knowledge on higher education, financial education issues, etc. Once identified, Wall works on finding remedies to the barriers. SMART also has a magazine and provides information on higher education including workshops on budgets, career planning, college credits and transfers, and long term planning on managing student loan debt. Currently, Wall is working on finding mentors at higher education campuses. Mentors have a lasting impact on single mothers and provide support and advice that the mothers may not get elsewhere. Visit the Website.