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Center for Public Life Staff


Tami L. Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs
Main Hall 2439

Tami L. Moore is associate professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and serves as co-Director of the OSU-Tulsa Center for Public Life.  Her scholarly work examines various roles that universities – faculty, students, and universities as institutional actors – play in the communities they serve. She is a regular participant in research exchanges with the Kettering Foundation, convening with community members and policy makers to explore questions about what it takes to make democracy work as it should and how universities contribute to this work.  In this same vein, she led the research team working through the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg University to document 25 years of working across difference to solve public problems through Public Achievement, a youth empowerment philosophy implemented in 34 countries around the world.  Their book, Awakening Democracy through Public Work:  Pedagogies for Empowerment, was published in November 2018 by Vanderbilt University Press.

Through the OSU-Tulsa Center for Public Life, Moore is lead organizer for Cowboys Coming Together, a structured dialogue and community leadership program on the OSU campuses, created through a Fund for Positive Engagement grant from Campus Compact.  CCT uses the Everyday Democracy’s Dialogue to Change model to engage students, administrative staff, and faculty in creating positive change in the university community.  She is lead organizer for a series of dialogues on community economic development in the Greenwood neighborhood of North Tulsa.


Mike Stout, Ph.D.
George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Family and Community Policy
Associate Professor and FCS Extension Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Main Hall 2116

Dr. Mike Stout is Associate Professor and the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Family and Community Policy in the Human Development and Family Science Department at Oklahoma State University. His research and teaching are broadly focused on policies and programs that address barriers to upward mobility created by social and economic inequalities, that promote civic engagement, and that provide equitable opportunities for historically underrepresented and under resourced families and communities. Dr. Stout’s current research is focused on health disparities and the social determinants of health, and on the use of deliberative dialogue for community problem-solving. His research is primarily community-based, and he works with communities to understand and address issues in collaboration with local leaders and organizations from the public, private, nonprofit, educational, faith-based, and philanthropic sectors. In addition to his work at OSU, Dr. Stout is an active member of the Tulsa community. He is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa (Class 59), and is actively involved in addressing health disparities in the city, serving as a board member for the Tulsa City-County Board of Health and for the Tulsa nonprofit organization Pathways to Health, which provides grants to community partners who are working to address issues identified by the health department’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).


Patrick Grayshaw

Patrick is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Science.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education from University of Maryland where he studied how student’s service experiences shape their social change behaviors.  His current research interests include understanding the ways social capital and community engagement affects the health of communities.  Before returning to graduate studies, Patrick spent 6 years engaging college students in the community.  He developed programs for a new center at Missouri State University, using an asset-based community development framework to meet community needs.  Patrick also directed the Center for Civic Engagement at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta where students were part of community-based problem solving, specifically focusing on educational partnerships.


Rachel Millea

Rachel Millea received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology from Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. As an undergrad Rachel was a selected member of OSU-Tulsa’s President’s Leadership Society, which is an academic enriching experience that provides community engagement, leadership development, and networking with Tulsa Leaders and Alumni. Rachel is now a master’s student in the Human Development and Family Science program. She is in her first year as a graduate assistant for the Center for Public Life. Additionally, she interns at JustHope, a non-profit who creates global partnership through a solidarity model approach in Nicaragua. Rachel’s current research interests are focused on outcomes of children who have been placed in the foster care system. As well as an interest in non-profit management and the impact of international volunteerism, specifically on the volunteer’s home community. Rachel spends her time volunteering with local non-profits and is a member of the Hispanic Student Association at OSU-Tulsa.