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OSU-OKC CFSI advocates to participate in forum

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two advocates involved in the OSU-OKC Center for Social Innovation program will take part Friday in the Oklahoma Justice Awareness Forum from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Moore/Norman Technology Center, 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City launched the CFSI program in September with a $1 million, three-year commitment from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation. CFSI uses a hope-based curriculum to help participants identify life goals, career pathways and support systems. Many of the students have experienced incarceration, addiction and homelessness.

Doug Schaffer, director of operations at Scissortail Waste Solutions, is a key partner in the CFSI program. Schaffer served 21 years in Oklahoma prisons. He will be a panelist on the forum’s Justice Involved panel titled “What did your journey through the Oklahoma justice system look like?”

Dar Yasseri, vice president of student experience at OSU-OKC and a founder of the CFSI program, will be a panelist on the Diversion Programs, Court System and CareerTech Leaders panel that will seek to answer the question “How can we make diversion and reentry more of a success?”

Additional panels will address law enforcement and public concerns.

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