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RisforThursday Network

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R is for Thursday is an Oklahoma-based, research-led initiative that equips individuals to support college-bound foster youth/alumni and foster alumni attending college. R is for Thursday currently defines an R is for Thursday (R4T) student as any person who spent time in an out-of-home placement in any state or country from ages 13-18 and who is currently enrolled in or has graduated from college, or is college-bound. 

R is for Thursday also honors and is interested in the experiences and needs of other invisible college student populations. An invisible college student population is defined as one that is not easily visually identified, does not generally have a formal voice on campus, and may be motivated to remain anonymous.

The activities of R is for Thursday are accomplished through collaborative partnerships with the foster alumni community, students/graduates, interdisciplinary researchers, community professionals, state and federal entities, and higher education campuses.

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Please join us: On February 21, 2019, please join us for the day as the OSU Higher Education & Student Affairs program welcomes Drs. John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot for the annual Kamm Lecture in Higher Education, 10:30 a.m. A complimentary agenda continues at 1 p.m. with the R is for Thursday Annual Conversation. This year’s Conversation will focus on the application of the trauma informed lens at college campuses, in addition to a panel of current foster alumni students and graduates from Oklahoma campuses. Also look for Pete’s Pet Posse to make an appearance!

RSVP: Kamm Lecture in Higher Education

RSVP: R4T Annual Conversation

Events are hosted by the OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation as a part of our land grant mission, with financial support from the Robert B. Kamm Distinguished Lecture funds and the R4T Fund. There is no cost for attendance.