Speech-language pathology graduate student Kyla Sloan is passionate about social justice. During her undergraduate years, Sloan worked to absorb and learn as much as possible about diversity, so her advisor at The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences tailored her schedule so she could study abroad in Seville, Spain, for one semester.
While in Spain, Sloan took several education courses on multiculturalism and interned at a women’s shelter where she taught English to women looking to better themselves through education or a career. “Until I traveled abroad, I had no clue what diversity really meant,” said Sloan.
TU’s Center for Global Education helps students find options that fit their academic, personal and professional goals while satisfying budget and timeframe requirements. Semester and year-long study abroad programs are designed to provide a wider view of the world and a richer understanding of the global community.
After returning from Spain, Sloan became the founding executive director of Diversity and Multiculturalism in TU’s Student Association. “TU provided the resources so that we could conduct more than 20 events designed to impact campus culture,” said Sloan.
During my time at TU, I’ve been able to hone in on my leadership skills and understanding of others. I was definitely led to become a Golden Hurricane.”
Sloan received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 and is now in grad school continuing her studies in speech-language pathology. In undergraduate school, she was active in the Association of Black Collegians, University Ambassadors, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Reading Partners at Kendall Whittier Elementary School. She has completed bystander intervention training as a member of the Advocacy Alliance and participated in the Tulsa Capella Chamber Singers group. She has been named to the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls and was selected a 2016 Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior, which is awarded annually to 10 TU seniors for their exceptional achievement in academics and community engagement. Additionally, Kyla was voted the 2016 University of Tulsa Homecoming Queen. Currently, Kyla is involved in TU Orientation Leaders and Partners in Policymaking, a program funded through Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council that teaches participants how to advocate to Oklahoma policymakers to ensure the rights of individuals with disabilities are maintained.