Sabine Brown, a first-year MPA student at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, is a paradigmatic example of what we strive for on this campus - graduate learning with a focus on community engagement. After one semester, Sabine was selected to serve as Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-partisan, Tulsa-based research and policy think tank that promotes equal opportunity for all Oklahomans. In addition, her previous work in health care dovetails with her work as state chapter leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, inspired in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I became involved in gun violence prevention after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school. I was spurred to action when in response the Oklahoma state legislature tried to pass legislation allowing teachers to carry loaded weapons in the classroom. I discovered Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and started an Oklahoma chapter. We now have over 2,000 members and have been instrumental in stopping dangerous gun bills at the state capitol. In addition to gun violence prevention, I am also an active volunteer with the Bixby Parent Legislative Active Committee, which advocates for better state funding of public education and the Bixby Outreach Center, which serves underprivileged people in my community. I currently work as the Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-profit think tank that promotes fair and fiscally responsible funding of public services and expanded opportunity for all Oklahomans.