I am Ivey Dyson, an International Security Studies and Arabic major at the University of Oklahoma. This blog is meant to channel all my thoughts during my travels and experiences as a Global Engagement Fellow (GEF). The Global Engagement Fellowship is a $5,000 scholarship beginning freshman year. The money is used for students to study abroad twice. The requirements are simple and are aimed to mold students into responsible and well informed Sooners. I joined GEF because my goal in life is to be a liaison between the Middle East and the United States. Whether through government or culture in general, I see many stereo types put on Middle Easterners in the United States, and vice versa. I believe that my travels would make me a prime candidate to be the figurehead that would lead both the U.S. and Middle East into an era of cultural understanding. I want to drive out this blind hatred and start a movement of competency. After traveling throughout the world to speak about my cause, I would like to run for a public office, possibly Secretary of State. I believe a person in that position of power should have a good idea of different world cultures, religions, practices, and governmental systems to serve the government successfully.
At OU, I am in many leadership programs. First and foremost I am a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. My very best friends are my sisters and I am always up to “Do Good”.
I am also a member of the President’s Leadership Class which is a group of 130 freshman that demonstrated leadership in high school and want to continue leading in college. It is very prestigious and gives us a first hand look at opportunities to build our resume, serve others, and network.
I am a Soonerthon Ambassador through the Campus Activities Council. Soonerthon is Oklahoma’s biggest fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Nerwork Hospitals. The event is a 12 hour dance with students from all around campus. Ambassadors have the responsibility of personally raising $1,500 for the cause.
Through the Executive branch of the Student Government Association, I am involved in the Sooner Freshman Council. SFC consists of about 30 freshman who have an interest in SGA . SFC is where I have made many friendship and learned about different organizations on campus.
Because of my big (AKA best friend) from DG, I am on the Film Series group for the Union Programming Board. UPB brings free and fun events to students through the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Film Series is in charge of showing films in the Meecham Auditorium for free each Friday. My job is to create social media promotional advertisements for our films.
Recently, I got accepted to be on Green Week Public Relations. Green Week is a week where we inform students about ways in which they can make a difference to keep the environment sustainable and healthy for years to come.
I am also a part of the Big Event operations staff. The Big Event is a day where Sooners give back to Norman through community service and service projects. Through operations staff, I get to make sure things run smoothly and organize projects.
Finally, I am an intern at the Journal Record Legislative Report. I go to Oklahoma Senate meetings to write factual summaries of what law makers decide on our bills which we then post on the JRLR website.
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF!!!!!
My favorite color is purple.
I am a theatre nerd. Musicals are my guilty pleasure and I watch EVERY SINGLE MOVIE nominated for an Academy Award.
I love travelling, knitting, different cultures, cooking healthy food, hiking, watching football, Netflix, Harry Potter, working out, and looking like a hippie.
Th-th-th-th-that’s all folks!