Oklahoma City Community College: Responsible AI in Education Symposium Oklahoma City Community College: Responsible AI in Education Symposium

23 FEBRUARY 2024

OCCC Visual & Performing Arts Center

Symposium Speakers

Adrienne Lalli Hills Director of Learning and Community Engagement First Americans Museum

Adrienne Lalli Hills is the Director of Learning & Community Engagement at First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, which opened in September 2021. As a museum professional and tribal citizen of Wyandotte Nation, Adrienne designs experiences that demonstrate the relevance of Indigenous perspectives in the 21st century. In addition to her work at FAM, Adrienne has served as an interpretive consultant to the Art Institute of Chicago, Delaware Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Royal Ontario Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She has received industry awards from the American Alliance of Museums, Association of Art Museum Curators and Museums and the Web.

Bucky Dodd, Ph.D. CEO and Principal Consultant ClearKinetic

Bucky Dodd, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant at ClearKinetic, a boutique consultancy specializing in creating one-of-a-kind education and training solutions.

As a prolific writer, master facilitator, and creative strategist, his expertise focuses on the design of education and training strategies that unify sound learning and business practices. Dr. Dodd is the creator of numerous visual collaboration systems, including Learning Environment Modeling®, an award-winning system for the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and has been recognized internationally for his research and design expertise. He has a proven record of leading innovation initiatives in associations, corporate, government, and education organizations and is consistently sought out as a thought leader on the future of education and training across industries.

Dr. Dodd served as the inaugural chair of the State of Oklahoma's Council for Online Learning Excellence and is an alumni of the Online Learning Consortium Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and EDUCAUSE Breakthrough Model Academy.

Before founding ClearKinetic, Bucky served as the Assistant Vice President for Education Strategy and Innovation and Chief Learning Innovation Officer for LX Studio at the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a Ph.D. in Education and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Adult Education and Corporate Communication.

Charlton McIlwain, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement, Pathways & Public Interest Technology New York University

Author of the recent book, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the Afronet to Black Lives Matter, Dr. Charlton McIlwain is Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Pathways & Public Interest Technology at New York University, where he is also Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. He works at the intersections of computing technology, race, inequality, and racial justice activism. He has served as an expert witness in landmark U.S. Federal Court cases on reverse redlining/racial targeting in mortgage lending and recently testified before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services about the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence on the financial services sector. He writes regularly for outlets such as The Guardian, Slate's Future Tense, MIT Technology Review and other outlets about the intersection of race and technology. McIlwain is the founder of the Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, and is Board President at Data & Society Research Institute. He leads NYU's Alliance for Public Interest Technology, is NYU's Designee to the Public Interest Technology University Network, and serves on the executive committee as co-chair of the International Panel on the Information Environment ethics panel.

Jacob Dearmon Director, Ronnie K. Irani Center for Data Analytics and AI Oklahoma City University

Jacob Dearmon is an economist and professor with expertise in economic forecasting and data analytics. With a PhD in Economics and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, he leads the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Oklahoma City University. His early career as a database programmer at Quorum Business Solutions complements his academic achievements. He maintains ongoing relationships with prestigious clients such as MidFirst, BancFirst, City of Dallas, and City of Fort Worth, delivering expert forecasting services and customized analytics solutions. His academic research is in the application and extension of machine learning models to spatial problems, particularly those found in real estate. Notably, his work with the University of Oklahoma on a retention program significantly boosted student success rates through the use of machine learning algorithms and data analytics.

Jenae Goodin CEO and Founder BAB

Jenae Goodin is a visionary entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Big Ass Bag. Bab is revolutionizing online shopping through a universal shopping cart that lets users add products from different retailers in one place, a Big Ass Bag. Jenae was inspired to develop this solution in December 2021, while shopping online for her youngest daughter.

With an impressive background that includes owning a boutique fitness studio and five years of experience working in IT alongside the Chief Information Officer, Jenae has cultivated a wealth of knowledge and expertise in both the tech and entrepreneurial worlds. She has also worked closely with faculty and students from Oklahoma Universities to transform their STEM research into high-growth startups. Jenae leveraged her vast experience to tackle the problem many women face when shopping online.

Thanks to her relentless passion and tireless work ethic, Big Ass Bag has raised over $400,000 in pre-seed funding and is currently in beta, poised to become a game-changing force in the e-commerce industry.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Jenae is a proud Oklahoma native who attended the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. When she's not busy leading her company, Jenae enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, listening to podcasts, and of course, shopping online. Her commitment to empowering women through technology is an inspiration to all who know her.

Juanita Ortiz, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs Oklahoma City Community College

Dr. Juanita Ortiz is the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Oklahoma City Community College. She previously served as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Dean of the Social Sciences Division at Rose State College and as a tenure-track faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Through these positions, Dr. Ortiz has overseen campus strategic planning and staff professional development and has contributed to campus accreditation and assessment efforts. She is a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer and a graduate of the UCO Academic Leadership Fellows Academy, the Educational Administrators Academy, and the Higher Ed Department Chair Academy. Dr. Ortiz has served as a program mentor for the UCO Educators Leadership Academy programs since 2021, and she has also taught as an adjunct instructor for the University of Oklahoma Sociology Department since 2018.

Dr. Ortiz earned all of her degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She earned Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Political Science; a Master’s degree in Sociology; and a doctoral degree in Sociology, with emphases in Criminology and Stratification. Dr. Juanita Ortiz's research areas include female criminal offending and prisoner recidivism/reentry, with her work on women's criminal recidivism included in the book, Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma's Women Prisoners (Rutgers University Press).

Laura Dumin, Ph.D. Professor of English and Technical Writing University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Laura Dumin obtained her PhD in English from Oklahoma State University in 2010. She is a professor in English and Technical Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma. Laura has been exploring the impact of generative AI on writing classrooms, runs a Facebook learning community to allow instructors to learn from each other, and enjoys talking with faculty about the opportunities for using AI in their own work and classrooms.

When she is not teaching, Laura works as a co-managing editor for the Journal of Transformative Learning, is a campus SoTL mentor, and directs the Technical Writing BA and advises the Composition and Rhetoric MA program.

Mark Beffort CEO Robinson Park and Newmark Robinson Park

Mark Beffort serves as Chief Executive Officer of Robinson Park, Newmark Robinson Park and Chief Operating Officer and Portfolio Manager of Square Deal Investments. His commercial real estate career began in Oklahoma City in 1985, after graduating from Washburn University. After several years as a successful commercial real estate broker, Mark began building a personal investment portfolio in addition to assisting several private and public entities build a strategic partnership. For nearly 40 years he's built a solid reputation as a trusted partner and leader in the community. Mark's portfolio is valued at over $2 billion and spans across 15 million square feet across nine markets from Oklahoma City to New York City. The portfolio started as a Class A high rise office strategy, but has since grown and diversified through hospitality, multi-family, industrial and storage investments.

Mark's leadership reaches beyond his real estate portfolio and into the lives of those that he mentors and employs. Between Newmark Robinson Park and Square Deal Investments, Mark employs over 200 individuals with jobs that provide competitive compensation, benefits, and strong company Culture.

Mark's professional and community involvement includes Trustee for Washburn University Foundation, and Casady School. Chair of the Council of Bond Oversight for the State of Oklahoma, Myriad Gardens Foundation, and the Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors.

Mautra Staley Jones, Ed.D. President Oklahoma City Community College

Dr. Mautra Staley Jones began her tenure as Oklahoma City Community Colleges 11th President in March of 2022. With her appointment, Dr. Jones made history, becoming the first woman and first person of color to serve as President of the College, serving 18,000 students. Her appointment also made Oklahoma history as she is the first African American female to serve as president of any institution of higher education in the state that is not an HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

Governors Kevin Stitt and Mary Fallin appointed Dr. Jones as a board director for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, a Commissioner for the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, and as an Oklahoma Standards steering committee member. In addition, Dr. Jones currently serves on the Civic Center Foundation's board of directors, a position appointed by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.

Dr. Jones serves as a board director for BancFirst and BancFirst Corporation, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, StitchCrew, Oklahoma Philharmonic Society, Oklahoma Watch, OKC/County Historical Society and Leadership Oklahoma City's Alumni Association. Furthermore, she is a board advisor to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, a Salt and Light Leadership (SALLT) Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City (Class XXIX), a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., VEST, Rotary Club 29, Oklahoma County Bar Auxiliary and Visionary Women of Oklahoma (VOW).

Dr. Jones holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix at San Diego, and an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University's prestigious Peabody College. She is married to United States District Judge Bernard M. Jones II, and they are the proud parents of three children.

Megan Oftedal, Ph.D. Executive Director Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability

Dr. Megan Oftedal is a results-driven data leader with over a decade of experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA), where she is leading efforts to transform OEQA into an education data hub that informs policy and has a direct impact on student outcomes.

Prior to serving OEQA, Dr. Oftedal led data science teams at Meta and American Fidelity. She also has an extensive background in educational policy and research, including tenure at the RAND Corporation where her work focused on aligning educational funding with quality outcomes and fostering innovation in K-12 education. She has authored several publications in the field.

Dr. Oftedal earned her PhD in Policy Analysis from the RAND Pardee Graduate School, holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Loyola Chicago, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Educational Policy.

Nathan Kelly Professor of Political Science and Co-Leader of AI Affinity Group Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma born and raised, Nathan Kelly attended University of Iowa, transferring to the University of Oklahoma for his Bachelors (2010) and Masters (2013) in Political Science, with an emphasis on international relations and global security. He is currently ABD in pursuit of his Ph.D.

Nathan's research focuses on topics of international commitment; humanitarian crises and intervention; research design and data analysis methods; and interdisciplinary scientific research. He has taught courses on American government, humanitarian crisis, intelligence analysis, and social science research design and analysis. Additionally, Nathan loves introducing students to the skills and professional environments found across political science — highlighting the wide variety of careers available to POLSC majors! Recently Nathan has been working to enhance multi-disciplinary inter-faculty and administrative relationships across OCCC through both the AI-Affinity Group and General Education Taskforce - all who may be interested are encouraged to contact him and other members to get involved!

Nicholas Jayanty Design Research / Service Design Red Hat, Dell, IBM, United States Geological Survey

Nicholas Jayanty is a seasoned product design and development professional with over 20 years of experience spanning Motion Picture, Advertising, Event Marketing, Software, and Information Technology Consulting industries. Passionate about evidence-driven product design and development, Nicholas specializes in making data driven decision-making sustainable and repeatable. With expertise in go-to-market, UX, and digital transformation strategy, he believes that the key to success is aligning product trios around delivering measurable user outcomes.

Currently serving as Principal User Experience Researcher at Red Hat, Nicholas leverages his skills in business insights, qualitative and quantitative research, design strategy, and Data Science to drive impactful user experiences and product innovation. His background includes roles at Dell Technologies and IBM, where he led design research, user experience strategy, and service design projects for various platforms and offerings including the IBM Multicloud Platform and IBM Design for Offerings and Dell Technologies's API Marketplace.

As an instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, Nicholas shared his expertise in advanced design thinking, fostering collaboration between students and stakeholders to solve real-world challenges impacting IBM and its clients.

Nicholas received his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design with Honors in Interaction Design from ArtCenter College of Design, as well as a Bachelors in Communications from University of Texas-Austin. He also holds certifications from MIT in Applied Data Science and full stack engineering from DevBootcamp.

He believes feedback is a gift and that if you find something is difficult to do, you are using the wrong set of tools.

Pablo Barrera Adjunct Curator Oklahoma Contemporary

Pablo N. Barrera is a member of the Wixáritari community based at the ancestral homelands surrounding Xapawiyemeta (Lago Chapala; Scorpion Lake). He joined Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center as the inaugural curatorial fellow before being promoted to associate curator. In 2024, he has stepped down from his previous role and named adjunct curator appointed to the upcoming retrospective, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Honor Song scheduled to open in spring of 2025.

Barrera collaborates with local art communities to produce exhibitions and explore innovative strategies to support formal/informal learning of art. He is committed to raising public awareness of Indigenous artistic practices through generating gallery experiences. Barrera has independently curated shows in London, Seoul, and New York. His achievements include being among the first cohort of curators at NXTHVN Art Space (Connecticut) and serving as graduate advisor for Yale University Art Gallery's first student-led Native American Art exhibition.

Barrera has written on the artistic representation of cultures that experienced colonization, including a co-authored chapter on Korean vernacular architectural heritage (Springer International) and a paper on Native American art production as part of the Columbian Exchange between Colonial Spain and East Asia (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute). Barrera holds master’s degrees from Yale University (History of Art) and Harvard University (Regional Studies: East Asia) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow (2012) and a Fulbright Scholar (2011).

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Robert Ruiz Chief Technology & Innovation Officer Oklahoma City Community College

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Susan Stansberry, Ph.D. Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology Oklahoma State University

Dr. Susan Stansberry, professor of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University, serves as OSU Faculty Fellow for STEM Education and as Principal Investigator for the NASA STEM Pathway Activities – Consortium for Education (NSPACE) cooperative agreement. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on 18 STEM education grants and cooperative agreements (totaling over $53 million), as the first Director of Technology for the College of Education, and as a P12 teacher, librarian, and coach. Her research interests are focused on designing innovative online and technology-based learning experiences and fostering creativity and curiosity in learners of all ages.

Travis Draud Professor of Biology and Co-Leader of AI Affinity Group Oklahoma City Community College

Travis Draud, Biology Professor at Oklahoma City Community College, prides himself on advancing higher education and driving change. His interests include curriculum development, generative artificial intelligence and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Travis's career spans positions at OCCC, University of South Carolina, Beaufort, and Siena Heights University, where he has participated in both education and research. As a Board Member of the DaVinci Institute, he actively promotes innovative thinking in Oklahoma and is one of the leaders of OCCC's AI Affinity Group.

Honored with the 2023 OCCC Outstanding Faculty Award, Travis's initiatives, including the College Success Tips Seminar Series and securing a $35,000 grant for Study Abroad, showcase his dedication to enriching students' experiences.

POIETO Speakers, Moderators, and Facilitators

Christine Meinders CEO and Founder POIETO

Christine Meinders is a pioneering social design technologist and researcher committed to exploring the intersection of emerging technologies and human-centric design principles. With a deep-seated interest in the theoretical and speculative dimensions of AI design, her work delves into critical prototyping methodologies to foster collaboration, inclusivity, and community engagement in AI development processes. Central to Meinders' research is the examination of social bias resulting from human interventions in AI design, aiming to mitigate such biases through innovative approaches.

Christine is the founder of Feminist.AI (part of the non-profit Mutable Studio) and social technology tool poieto (patent pending). She teaches AI. Culture.& Creativity at the California Institute of the Arts and the California College of the Arts. Her practice explores ideas around knowing, algorithmic accountability, and how locations, popular culture, and technical and non-technical experts define the artificial intelligence / artificial life spectrum, with a focus on knowing. Her practice incorporates computational arts, critical theory, and crafting tools to design emerging technology. Christine holds an MFA in Media Design Practices from the ArtCenter College of Design and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.

Carey Crooks Chief Product Officer POIETO

Carey Crooks is a creative technologist with a passion for building thoughtful tools. She specializes in designing for human experience with emerging technologies such as machine learning. Her diverse background in research, ethics, fine arts, and design gives her the skills to explore ideas and implement impactful interventions

She holds interdisciplinary degrees in Cognitive Science and Media Arts + Practice from the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked in design and user research for products such as an AI-enabled medical device and a mental health app. In 2022, she was a co-author and facilitator of All Tech is Human's Report on AI and Human Rights and was selected as a NextGen Ambassador for the Unfinished Live conference. Carey is a member of the 2024 LA County Office of Education AI in Education Task Force.

Ginny Song Chief Operating Officer POIETO

Ginny Song is an international management executive with over two decades of business, operational, and leadership expertise. Ginny's journey began in the realm of live entertainment, where she distinguished herself as a live concert promoter, tour coordinator, and artist manager for renowned international artists. Ginny held pivotal roles as a General Manager for an independent record label and VP of an innovative online concert ticketing platform. Ginny graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Biology as a John Carroll Scholar and participated in the prestigious four-year Georgetown-Howard Hughes neuroscience research program in collaboration with the Lombardi Cancer Center. Her research on the tumor suppressor functionality of the APC protein in relation to Beta-Catenin was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Jade Newton Business Development Manager POIETO

Jade Newton is a seasoned AI/ML expert with extensive experience in AI/ML business use case development, computer vision, and natural language processing (NLP). Her expertise has been instrumental in fostering collaborations with engineering and data science teams across Fortune 500 companies and startups in a multitude of industries. With a deep-seated passion for ML data strategy, Jade excels in guiding clients through the intricacies of developing, training, and optimizing ML products and models for market success.

Despite entering the tech field through non-traditional means in 2017, Jade quickly earned recognition as a trusted advisor through her dedication to self-education, on-the-job training, and relationship building. Currently serving as Poieto's Business Development Manager and Curriculum Project Manager, Jade continues to drive innovation and excellence in the AI/ML domain. Beyond her technical prowess, she is a published music journalist and a respected linguistics researcher. Jade's research on Language Identity & Code-Switching delves into the intricate connections between linguistic phenomena and identity among African-Americans who are bi-dialectal. She has presented her research at the Identity and Identity Construction Colloquium at the University of Western Brittany and the Linguistic Association of the Southwest Conference at University of Colorado-Denver. Jade is a core member of the non-profit Feminist.AI, serving on the its board of directors since 2020. Additionally, she holds a board leadership position with Black Alumni Council of the University of Tennessee and is an active member of Women & Drones.

Jade is a Chicago native and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a minor in French from the University of Tennessee, and a Master's in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. Her diverse background and unwavering dedication make her a dynamic force in both the tech industry and the community at large.

Keri Paniagua Executive Director of Government Relations POIETO

Keri Paniagua is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She earned her undergraduate degree at DePauw University. She graduated from the University of New Mexico, School of Law with her Juris Doctorate with certification in Federal Indian Law. She recently obtained her Master of Laws degree in Indigenous Peoples Law from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. She has worked for the Mohegan Tribe and the Chickasaw Nation as well as pueblo courts in New Mexico. She is currently the Executive Director of Government Relations for Poieto. She is also a Feminist AI fellow working on a project involving Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.

Laila Brown Grants and Partnerships Manager POIETO

Laila Brown leads grant administration and facilitates partnerships to advance POIETO's education initiatives. She brings years of experience as a researcher and academic librarian dedicated to fostering critical pedagogy among learning communities. Her research focus on the relationship between gendered AI, labor, and social status, as well as on feminist book clubs as communities of practice, contributes unique insight on the significance of exploring the ethical dimensions of AI in inclusive and equitable learning environments. Her work has been published in journals including the International Journal of Information, Diversity & Inclusion, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Library Quarterly, the Journal of Library Administration, as well as the Handbook of Critical Studies in Artificial Intelligence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Ramyatara Mullapudi Brand & Experience Designer POIETO

Ramyatara Mullapudi is a brand and experience designer based in San Francisco, with a background in business from her studies at the Kelley School of Business. Currently enhancing her design skills with an MFA in Graphic and Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts, Ramya is actively contributing to the design community through her work at the Letterform Archive, CCA Exhibitions, and the Center of Art and Public Life. Her portfolio ranges from rebranding to exhibition experience design.

Samuel Alleyne Senior Director of Outreach POIETO

Joey has over 20 years of experience creating viable pathways in skills building, and equipping youth for employment and/or entrepreneurship. . He is the founder of Alleyne Connect U, a network focused on collective impact where advocacy and access are the highest priority. He holds a bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration and an MBA in Nonprofit Management. In his hometown of Nassau, the Bahamas, Joey worked with the Bahamas government, clergy, and community stakeholders in early adulthood to facilitate national Peace against Violence campaigns. While working as a bridge-builder, he found a knack for partnership building, youth advocacy, and people operations. Joey expanded internationally as a bridge-builder over time, establishing new non-profit and for profit business relationships with partners creating mutually beneficial arrangements.

Upile Chisala Education Lead POIETO

Upile Chisala is a poet, researcher and critical educator from Malawi. Passionate about social justice work, three-time published author Chisala devotes her time and talents to work that addresses the impact of systemic violence in communities of color. Leading poietoworks' education initiative, that serves under-resourced communities, she is working to help make creative technology education more accessible. Included among Forbes Africa's 30 under 30 list in 2019 and OkayAfrica's 100 women, Chisala holds a B.A in Sociology from New Mexico State University, an MSc in Medical Anthropology and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford.