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Delano-Oriaran, Bola

Omobolade Delano-Oriaran St. Norbert College

Dr. Delano-Oriaran continues to dedicate her life to advocating for racial and all forms (social, economic, political, educational) of justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Her mission is to authentically engage with schools, communities, organizations, and businesses to achieve critical transformation with the goal of eliminating manifestations of racism—individual, institutional, systemic, and structural—and intersecting forms of oppression. As a teacher educator, she challenges educators to adopt inclusive, diverse, equitable, and liberatory approaches that are culturally responsible, relevant, and sustaining.

Dr. Delano-Oriaran is an associate professor in the Teacher-Education Department at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where she serves as director of the Global Student-Teaching Program and Bridge Pre-College Program. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in public administration at the historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia, and her PhD in comparative and international education with a minor in women and development from Pennsylvania State University.

An avid researcher and writer, Dr. Delano-Oriaran has published papers in journals and books and is the lead editor of two volumes on service-learning. She has founded or cofounded several award-winning programs, including African Heritage, Inc., the Umoja Program for transracial families, and the African Heritage Emerging Student Leaders Institute. She is the recipient of numerous awards for diversity issues and community change, including the 2020 Ethics in Action Award, the Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award, the City of Appleton’s Toward Community Unity in Diversity Award, the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association’s Outstanding Human Relations Educator, and St. Norbert College’s Scholarship, and Bishop Morneau Community Service Awards.