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Wilfredo Santos Rivera

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Biographical Info

Wilfredo was born in Puerto Rico where he received his BA in English from the University of Puerto Rico.  He later received his MA in Education and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.  Later he moved to New York City, New York, where he taught English and Speed Reading.   After moving to Oklahoma City, he taught Spanish at Villa Teresa Catholic Schools.  He was the Amnesty Program Director for the OKC Public Schools.

He is a former Board Member of the OKC Public Schools.  While a board member, from 2006 to 2010 he:

  1. Implemented Community Engagement Plan
  2. Organized Community Advisory board for OKC schools.
  3. Made schools accessible for students, parents and employees after school hours and organized recreational activities for the whole family.
  4. Organized a grievance committee for students, parents and employees.

For many years he has tutored OKC PS children in remedial reading skills after school hours.

In 2008 he began serving on the OK Human Rights Commission.  In a blatant disregard for the Human Rights of all Oklahomans, in 2010, the OK legislature along with an executive order by Governor Mary Fallin, dissolved the long-standing OK Human Rights Commission.   After this Wilfredo, began working to organize the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance which was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization of OK on 31 July 2013.  He has been the chairman of the organization ever since its formation.  It is the mission of the OKUHRA to protect the Human Rights of all Oklahomans while working for social justice regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or religious belief.  For many years, he has picked up expired food from Sprouts Grocery Stores and distributes the food to the needy.

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