Dr. Jeanne Mather – A Human Rights Champion
(nominated by Akash Patel)
|On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights
Alliance will honor human rights heroes from around our
great state. A recognition program will take place at the
State Capitol. More information can be found here:
“Celebrate Human Rights.”
A faculty leader in multicultural education and service learning, Dr. Jeanne Mather has been a member of the USAO faculty in Education since 1990. She is Oklahoma’s 2015 Multicultural Citizen of the Year.
One of her passions is helping others. One way she does this is through the Books for Tots Program which she founded and which has distributed over 80,000 new books to needy children since its inception in 1998.
Another of her passions is multicultural education, strongly influenced by her own Hispanic background. After working a few years at USAO, Dr. Mather received a grant entitled Building a Legacy. This grant targeted minority junior high school students with hopes of becoming first generation college graduates. Over several years, this grant enabled hundreds of minority students to view college campus life up close for the first time.
She also co-founded USAO’s Bear Project this year that donated over 1,000 stuffed animals to Syrian children in refugee camps.
“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
–Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights