Respected RDF Human Rights Speaker Dr. Nyla Khan Celebrates 3 Years in “50 Making a Difference” List

Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, OCCC Faculty and Human Rights Speaker for The Respect Diversity Foundation, has again received a “50 Making a Difference” award from the Journal Record. From the article:

‘“Through her experiences and insights, Dr. Khan introduces her students to ideas and concepts they may never come in contact with outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Candie D. McKee-Williams, a fellow OCCC faculty member. “Professor Khan encourages her students to consider not only their own communities and country, but also the often overlooked parts of the world. Her students learn compassion and empathy for self and others, leading them to become engaged, worldly citizens.”

Born in Kashmir in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dr. Khan attended university in New Delhi, then moved to Oklahoma to pursue a Master’s in Postcolonial Literature and Theory, and her Ph.D. in English Literature, at the University of Oklahoma. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma and at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Dr. Khan has received statewide recognition for her human rights work, and was recently honored as one of the Oklahoma League of Women Voters’ 100 Trailblazers. She’s received a President’s Volunteer Service Award & Silver Medal for her national public speaking and her statewide bridge-building work. Dr. Khan is a member of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, the Harvard-based Scholars Strategy Network, has served on the board of Generation Citizen, is an active member of the Women’s Interfaith Alliance, and is a State Commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She has authored or edited six published books, and her articles and editorials have appeared in academic journals, newspapers and magazines across the world.’

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