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Molly Tovar

Molly Tovar

Professor of Practice
EdD, Oklahoma State University
  • Research Interests:

  • Recruitment and retention of American Indian/Alaska Native post-secondary students
  • Diversity and inclusion in the workforce
  • Financial capability in Indian Country
  • Health disparities in Indian Country
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Molly Tovar

Molly Tovar is a professor of practice affiliated with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School. As the former director of the Buder Center, she worked to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, curriculum development, professional development, and community outreach, as well as research to advance the center’s mission to educate American Indian/Alaska Native practitioners and scholars who are committed to addressing issues of social concern in Indian Country.

Tovar collaborates with David Patterson on a research project to study graduates of the Buder Center, their motivations for attending the Brown School, and their accomplishments after graduation. She is also the principal investigator for the SAGE Grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services administration. The intent of the grant is to provide MSW students opportunities to complete a practicum in Indian Country focusing on mental and behavioral health. Additionally, she works with the School of Medicine on the Program for Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) focusing on AI/AN health disparities.

Tovar’s extensive community service includes leadership on the boards of the Red Earth Museum and FOCUS St. Louis, and membership on the National Congress of American Indian’s Native Financial Education Coalition Advisory Committee.

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