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Civic Engagement at TU

Create the world you want to live in

At The University of Tulsa, civic engagement is an institution-wide commitment that draws upon the power of education, community service, civic leadership and informing policy to create lasting impact and opportunity in Tulsa and beyond.


Contact Us

Office of Civic Engagement
Student Union, Room 233

  • Our Staff

    Melissa Abdo has focused on areas of community service, advocacy and civic engagement with True Blue Neighbors since 2017, connecting TU students to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and public schools throughout the greater Tulsa community.  Her background is in local, state and federal education advocacy and policy, where she has worked in professional and volunteer capacities.

    Current Boards and Committees

    • Board of Education, Jenks Public Schools
    • State Superintendent’s Advisory Committee
    • Tulsa Regional Chamber One Voice, Education Committee
    • Oklahoma State School Board Association, Board of Directors
    • Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Regional Selection Committee

    Awards and Recognitions

    • League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa, Madam President recipient, 2019 (True Blue Votes initiative)
    • Tulsa World, Community Advisory Board, 2018-2020
    • Citation for Advocacy, Oklahoma House of Representatives, 2018

    Lecture and Panelist Engagements

    • Oklahoma Education Advocates, 2020 and 2021
    • Women in School Leadership Advocacy Panelist, 2020
    • Oklahoma Cooperative Council of School Administrators Conference Panelist, 2019
    • Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Conference Panelist, 2018