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Postponed: River Song: Recollections of an Indigenous Life

  • Southworth Hall 116 West Center Street Provo, UT, 84601 United States (map)

Main Talk: Dr Roni Jo Draper

Musician: Jacob Larsen

Dr Draper is going to talk to us about her experience this summer on a sabbatical on the Yurok Reservation.

Roni Jo Draper, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the David O’McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University where she teachers courses in literacy and multicultural education. She is a former high-school mathematic teacher is particularly proud of her work serving students at risk of not graduating from high school.

Her work has appeared in various journals for researchers and teachers including the Harvard Educational Review, the American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the Mathematics Teacher.

She is an editor and contributor to the books (Re)Imagining Content Area Literacy Instruction and Arts Education and Literacies. Currently her research interest has focused on teacher education and the challenge of straight teacher educators preparing straight teachers to create safe and affirming classrooms for LGBTQ+ children and families.

In addition to her work at the university, Roni Jo serves as the Vice-president of the local PFLAG chapter (PFLAG Provo/Utah County), on the board of the ACLU of Utah, on the board of Encircle, and as one of the faculty advisors for BYU USGA (a group of LGBTQ BYU students and their allies that meets weekly at the Provo Library).

Roni Jo is a student, a friend, a mother, a knitter, a wife, an activist, a mother-in-law, a hugger, a citizen, a grandmother, a friend, an aunt, a Yurok American Indian, a sister, a worrier, a Mormon, a daughter, an optimist, a neighbor, and a baker of pies—not in any particular order. Dr. Draper can be contacted at 201-X McKay Building, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-5099. E-mail:

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

Meeting begins promptly at 10:30 pm with live music.

Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!

Bring some food to share if you’d like.


Southworth Hall at 116 West Center Street in Provo

About us

Utah Valley Oasis is a secular alternative to faith based community. Oasis welcomes everyone to join us for our monthly Sunday morning gathering which consists of discussion, a secular talk, coffee and snacks, and live music from some of the valley’s best. In addition, we join together various times throughout the month to perform service and to socialize.

Earlier Event: October 2
Planning / Board Meeting