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R is for Thursday (R4T) is a research-led effort that, through state and national initiatives, equips individuals to support foster youth/alumni and other traditionally hidden populations who are college-bound, in college or college graduates.  

98th Old Settlers Day

Perkins, OK, where Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton settled during the land rush in Oklahoma Territory
In 1958, Oklahoma State University adopted Pistol Pete as the university’s mascot. The Old Settlers Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by live performances, food trucks, a children’s carnival, vendor booths, and more. This year’s movie-based theme is The Greatest Show on Earth. OSU’s R is for Thursday program is delighted to assist the hometown of our beloved OSU mascot in spreading the movie’s important message about the value of diverse people and their life journeys.
Visit Pistol Pete beginning at noon
Saturday, October 9
Downtown Perkins, Oklahoma

National Conference

The National Conference for Engaged Scholarship on Hidden Student Populations brings together diverse researchers and practitioners to consider current scholarship and to form multidisciplinary research teams for empirical research studies to be conducted in the 18 months following the conference.

Graduate Certificate in Hidden Populations

This certificate is framed by the last decade of emerging research, which aims to better understand shared topics across hidden populations, including specific needs, challenges and opportunities for support.

About Us

Our Story

Learn how the initiative grew and was named by a college student with foster care experience. 

Our Focus

Learn about the lived journeys of hidden populations and how we strive to better support success.

Our Team

Meet our team of experienced researchers and service providers for hidden populations.

Speaking engagements

We are available to provide learning opportunities for high school and college-age students, communities and other groups. 


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