Women's Philanthropy Network

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Our Mission

The mission of the OU Women's Philanthropy Network is to develop and provide opportunities for women to come together to engage, inspire and motivate philanthropic action. WPN connects alumni, friends and students who share a collective passion for OU while recognizing the essential and crucial role women play in the University's success.

Our Vision

The goals of the Women’s Philanthropy Network are to empower women as philanthropists and celebrate the increasing number of major gifts from women; incorporate the philosophy of women philanthropists throughout the University; and create and develop meaningful opportunities for women to come together to inspire and motivate philanthropic action at OU. The WPN also recognizes the leadership capabilities of women philanthropists and advocates for the appointment of women to major University boards.

Our Work

The Women’s Philanthropy Network collaborates with different organizations and programs across campus and in the local community to host educational and networking events throughout the year. The WPN works closely together with President’s Associates to support the mission of the University and connect alumni and friends who share a collective passion for OU.

Kalenda Eaton | Professor, The University of Oklahoma Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies

Kalenda Eaton, Ph.D. is a professor in The Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies. As a scholar of Black literary and cultural studies, her research areas include literature written by women; studies of the American west; social and cultural history; Digital Humanities, and Diaspora studies.

At OU, she holds affiliate faculty status in the Departments of English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and History, as well as the African Studies Institute and Center for Peace and Development.

Teresa Turner | Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Heritage Hall College Prep School, OKC

Teresa Turner is the director of Diversity and Inclusion at Heritage Hall College Prep School and heads their initiatives to expand diversity awareness, promote inclusivity and enrich the educational experience of all students.

Turner is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling. She is a former member of the OU Women’s Basketball team and was one of the first Black scholarship recipients. Turner previously worked in OU Athletics as the director of Student-Athlete Experience and was the inaugural recipient of the Inspiring Champions Award, which is given for exemplifying the mission and values of the department and the University by performing above and beyond to “Inspire Champions Today and Prepare Leaders for Tomorrow.”

Turner is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a member of the Board of Directors for Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc., and also serves on the Norman Regional Health Foundation Board. She is a Family Expectations Educator with Public Strategies and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Cleveland County.

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