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Deborah Goodman

Deborah Goodman

Deborah Downing Goodman (Caddo/Cherokee), Oklahoma City, OK, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma (OU), a community volunteer, and a former health educator. Her academic research has focused on culturally sensitive curriculum programming.

Dr. Goodman has been a community volunteer and community activist throughout her life. Starting out as a teacher, she became a health/sexuality educator after she received her Master’s Degree in Human Relations at OU. When she received her doctorate from OU in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, she taught in the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science and the Dept. of Human Relations. Her research has focused on health promotion and disease prevention targeted for Native Americans.

She is currently on the Board of Red Earth, an organization that promotes the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. She was appointed by Gov. Keating to the Board of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, an outgrowth of the community’s response to the Murrah Building bombing. She is a past gaming commissioner and Culture Committee Secretary of the Caddo Nation. She is past precinct chair, Committee volunteer, and current precinct secretary of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. She is also past Secretary of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Child Welfare for the State of Oklahoma.

She is extremely proud that her family members are community activists, too, working to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. Her husband, Jimmy, is a well respected attorney who has worked extensively in the American Bar Association and with Legal Aid on Race, Class, and Gender issues. Her daughter, Tia, is an attorney, past Caddo Nation Housing Commission Chair, and current Fellow in the New York Public School system working on her Master’s degree in Special Education. Her son, Todd, is current Vice Chair of the Caddo Nation and past Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

Deborah is a new member of the IAIA Board appointed by President Obama in 2011.