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Langston University Joins the SSW ATTC Educational Consortium

Publication Date: Sep 23, 2019

The South Southwest ATTC is pleased to welcome Langston University as it’s newest Educational Consortium member!

The SSW ATTC Educational Consortium was created in 1993 with the purpose of enhancing the use of evidence based practices by offering specialized course work and workshops in addictions and behavioral health counseling to a large region with a diverse population. The SSW ATTC works with the Consortium of Higher Educational Institutions to provide educational and technical assistance services close to and in partnership with their professional communities. In June 2019, Langston University joined Eastfield Community College, Houston Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northwestern University, San Antonio Community College, University of Central Arkansas, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at Rio Grande, to improve education for the next generation of addiction and behavioral health workers and bring evidence based practices to the addiction field.

Langston University is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Oklahoma, with an annual enrollment of about 3000 students. Langston University offers post-secondary education leading to associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. Langston staff pride themselves on understanding that not all students have someone to help them navigate through higher education and take a hands-on approach to helping student though the struggles that may impact their academic journey.

The key coordinator at Langston University is Edward O Manyibe. Ph D, CRC, LADC, the Capacity Building Director/Research Associate Professor at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities. He is the Co- Principal Investigator on the current NIILDRR Opioid Research project, designed to launch a national Investigation of the Opioid Use Disorder Impacts on Employment Prospects for People with Disabilities from Racially/Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds. He is also the current Research Committee Chair of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and has won multiple awards including the Scholarly and Creative Engagement Award, Langston University (2019) and the Bobbie Atkins Research Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC). Although Dr. Manyibe is new to working with the SSW ATTC, he is not a newcomer when it comes to the ATTC network. In 2009, he participated in the Mid-America ATTC’s Leadership Institute for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Emerging Leaders Training.

With over 10 years of experience working in the addiction field, Dr. Manyibe’s interests include understanding why people have the substance use issues, how an addiction is created, and why certain treatments work for some people, but not for others. He focuses on the strengths of the recovery process, and finds satisfaction in working with family members so they can share and support their loved one’s journey of recovery.  He hopes that Langston University’s participation in the Educational Consortium can ultimately build a full degree course around substance use, filling a critical gap in the community. Dr. Manyibe is also committed to advancing  research efforts to aid the scientific workforce and working to diversify it on a national level.

“As the only HBCU in Oklahoma, we would be able to reach so many minority students that are needed in the field”

For more about Langston University please visit their website.