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Assistant Director Intl Programming

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-2131 VP for Enrollment & Student Success INH 204 , Box 147

Education and Certifications

  • University of Central Oklahoma    
    Master of Education with Bilingual Education Emphasis
    Graduated: 2020
  • Oklahoma Christian University
    Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Bible, TEFL and International Studies
    Graduated: 2011
  • Ibaraki Christian University
    Teaching English as a Foreign Language
    Cultural Exchange
  • Charles Page High School
    High School Diploma
    Graduated: 2007 
  • Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator
    August 2019                                                 


Jared Scism works as an assistant director of the International House and Programming Jared is responsible for helping international students, American students and community members understand different cultures by executing a number of events each month. Jared is a proud alumnus of Central and completed his master's degree in adult education with an emphasis in bilingual education at UCO in May 2020.

Additionally, Jared serves as an adjunct instructor for Student Advocacy, the executive director of the Oklahoma Governor's International team, president on the board of the Japan America Society of Oklahoma and board member of the Edmond Sister Cities organization

Ironically, Jared was not encouraged to be globally minded as he was growing up; the only international experience he had was traveling to Europe with his best friend during their junior year of high school. When he entered college, Jared’s first roommate was Chinese. Although Jared was uncomfortable at first, he quickly began to develop a relationship with his roommate and other Chinese and Rwandan students on campus. Soon he became very interested in international students and the culture they had to share. Throughout his time in college, Jared was able to travel to Africa to do mission work, as well as study abroad for two semesters in Japan. He founded a new chapter of the People to People International organization on his campus, where he served as president.

After graduating from Oklahoma Christian University with a general studies degree (emphasizing in Bible, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and International Studies), Jared returned to Japan to work as an English teacher and missionary. Jared moved back to the United States with his wife, Cassie, in 2012.  Jared and Cassie continue to travel internationally and have visited many countries in all six major continents and hope to travel to Antarctica someday. From all of these experiences, Jared has become passionate about making Oklahoma a place that is more culturally diverse and hopes to someday make Oklahoma one the most diverse states in the country.

Professional and Community Involvement


  • June 2019 - Present: UCO Staff Senate
  • May 2019 - Present: Oklahoma Governor’s International Team Executive Director
  • April 2018 - Present: United States Global Leadership Coalition for Oklahoma Member
  • March 2018 - Present: International House of Oklahoma City Foundation Board Member
  • July 2017 - Present: UCO Committee on Diversity
  • January 2017 - Present: Edmond, Oklahoma Sister Cities Board Member
  • October 2016 –Present: Japan-America Society of Oklahoma, Co-Founder & President
  • January  2015 - Present The Springs Church
           -March 2018-Present: College Ministry Deacon 
           -January 2015 to Present: Missions Committee Board Member


  • April 2016 - December 2020: Skyler’s Court Homeowner’s Association
            -Fall 2017: Treasurer
            -April 2016 to Present: Board Member
  • April 2019 - April 2020: Oklahoma Mustang Club Member
  • July 2016 - April 2019: Oklahoma Governor’s International Team Member
           -January 2018-Present: Marketing Chair
           -January 2019 - March 2019: Education and Cultural Committee Chair
  • September 2015 - November 2019: World Experiences Foundation Member
           -September 2016-November 2018: President
  • September 2017 - April 2018: National Conference on Undergraduate Research Committee of Fun
  • September 2017 - June 2018: UCO Staff Senate
  • May 2017- UCO Employee Conference Presenter
  • November 2016 - United States Representative for Gansu International Fellowship Program
  • October 2015 - National Association on Campus Activities Regional Conference Presenter
  • September 2010 - April 2011: Oklahoma Christian University People to People International Chapter
            -Founder and President

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 - UCO Faculty and Staff Homecoming Royalty
  • 2017 - University of Central Oklahoma Student Advisor of the Year 
  • 2016 - The Business Times 40 Under 40 
  • 2016 - Journal Record’s Oklahoma Achievers Under 40 Award
  • 2016 - Oklahoma Multicultural Citizen of the Year Award 
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 - Certificate of Appreciation from Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission


  • International Culture
  • Traveling
  • Music
  • College Football
  • OKC Thunder Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Motorcycle Riding
  • Mustang Cruising
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Activities

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