Rose State College Adds Courtney Peyketewa to Success, Inclusion and Diversity Team Published July 13, 2022

Courtney Peyketewa

Rose State College is thrilled to welcome Courtney Peyketewa to the hardworking team of individuals that make up our Diversity Center. She will serve as the coordinator of diversity and outreach to celebrate diversity on campus, host cultural events, create inclusive programming, recruit diverse student populations, and more. We recently interviewed Courtney to learn more about her passion for the students, what led her to where she is today, and how her role supports diversity and inclusion at Rose State.

Tell us about your role as coordinator of diversity and outreach.

In my position, I help put on diversity programming for our various underserved populations on campus. This can include anything related to celebrations of heritage months and awareness days/weeks, such as National Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LQBTQ+, Disability Awareness, and so much more. Our office strives to create a safe and inclusive campus community by providing opportunities for education on diversity, equity and inclusion, support student and campus organizations and continue to meet the mission of Rose State College. I enjoy working with different entities on campus and in the community to form various partnerships to make our programming and collaborations happen.

The other part of my job is to recruit our diverse student populations and grow those numbers at Rose State so our college can reach more students and provide opportunities for educational advancement and pathways to the workforce. This involves me going out to schools, attending community events and partnering with different agencies to bring Rose State to the forefront. I love getting to know students, hearing their stories and finding out how I can help put them on the right path to achieving their educational and career goals. Most importantly, I let students and potential partners know about the many opportunities, support and resources we have on campus that can assist students with their academic journey.

What did you do prior to working at Rose State?

Prior to my role at Rose State, I attended the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), where I received my bachelor’s degree in physical education and health and my master’s degree in adult higher education in student personnel. I worked at UCO within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in diverse student programming, orientation initiatives, advised student organizations, directed cultural pageants, and also served as a graduate assistant for a program called the Native American Success Initiative, which focused on the graduation and retention rates of that specific population. Also, during my time there, I worked in the Office of Student Advocacy as a Learner Concierge, which focused on supporting 100% online students and advocating for their unique online learner needs. Overall, my professional experience gained at UCO has been a tremendous help in my current role and allows me to continue to advocate and support the needs of students here at Rose State College.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love being able to work with students. Students are everything. They are the focus of what makes me come to work and do the work I do. I try to do anything to brighten their day, make their load easier or provide resources that can help them on their journey. It’s my passion and that’s what keeps me motivated.

What kind of resources does the diversity center provide?

The Diversity Center provides a lot of resources to our students, faculty and staff. One of the resources we have is a food pantry called Raider Necessities. Those on campus can come in and shop our pantry of donated items, which is a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Another resource is the Raider Rack, which is a community clothing closet. We have different donated clothing items for all, including shoes, jackets, pants, dresses, shirts, and ties. We want to help our Raiders “Dress for Success.” Those who would like to shop the closet can do so during our open hours and pick out items for interviews, presentations and personal needs.

The center also offers mentorship and advisement and sponsors a variety of diversity clubs and organizations. Find out more about these resources available to students, faculty, and staff here

How do you enjoy your time outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family—my fiancé Isaiah and our two daughters, Carmen and Camille, who are seven and one. They definitely keep me busy. I love watching my girls grow and interact with each other. Most importantly, I strive to make time to be present for my kiddos outside of work. Some of my hobbies include arts and crafts, sewing, being active, online shopping, listening to true crime podcasts, and catching up on my Hulu and Netflix shows whenever I can.

Learn more about our Center for Success, Inclusion and Diversity, plus upcoming events, by visiting www.rose.edu/content/academics/student-services/center-for-success-inclusion-diversity/.