A few months after a groundbreaking election, Rep. Mauree Turner is returning to their alma mater, Oklahoma State University, to discuss their momentous passage into Oklahoma politics and inspire students with their success story.
In November, Turner became both the first nonbinary and first Islamic member of the Oklahoma Legislature. As a part of this month’s programming to celebrate Black History Month, Turner’s return serves to highlight the importance of inclusion and diversity.
“Their election is obviously historic and represents a pivotal moment in the history of Oklahoma politics,” said Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, OSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer for institutional diversity. “Their willingness to come back and share their story is something that is very meaningful and will undoubtedly make a difference across campus.”
On top of becoming a state representative, Turner’s experiences include fighting for civil rights for immigrants, religious freedom and race relations. Kirksey said he hopes the evening will prove educational and inspirational for students.
“Mauree coming back and talking with the campus community, in many ways, represents and reflects what we are trying to ingrain in our students,” Kirksey said. “No matter who you are or where you started, with hard work and dedication, you can get where you want to go. Mauree’s story demonstrates the epitome of the values of our land-grant mission, what we aspire for our students to achieve and what it’s like to be a part of the OSU family.”
The event, organized by the OSU Alumni Association Student Network and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will air on OStateTV at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9.
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