Meet the Team

Thick Descriptions is a team of individuals invested in the meaning and execution of anthropology.  We address in particular broader questions of science, both natural and social, providing rich, in-depth and provocative examinations of human identity and how the complexity of our identities influences, impacts and engages with each other independently and collectively.  Our team acknowledges and untangles "those elephants in the room" providing transparency with a goal to attain mutual understandings.


Suzette V. Chang

Founder & CEO

Suzette is an Information Advocate.  Her focus is the politics of human identity and how "labels" influence and impact humans as we function and interact with each other.  She gives specific attention to "historical labels", their meaning during the past and how those meanings impact the present and shape our understandings of the future.  Suzette has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma.


Mark Barber

Science Empowerment Instructor

This Langston University student has a passion for music, specifically drumming.  He brings a wealth of international knowledge to our S.T.E.A.M. Learning Journeys due to his travel experiences.  Thick Descriptions is pleased that he is an active member of our team.


Victoria Stream-Johnson

Project Manager


Victoria brings a rich background of project development and management to Thick Descriptions.  Her knowledge crosses several industries including property, investments and grant writing.  Thick Descriptions welcomes Victoria to our team.


Elisha Oliver

Executive Director of Cultural Intelligence

Elisha is a Bio-Cultural anthropologist. She specializes in rural and urban community studies with a focus on health, education, language, and community spaces. Elisha designs, facilitates, and implements cultural diversity trainings and workshops across Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. She is a veteran educator with over 20 years of teaching experience in mainstream and inclusion classrooms. Elisha has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and a Doctorate in Bio-Cultural from the University of Oklahoma.


Joseph Fredrickson

Science Empowerment Instructor

Dr. Joseph a.k.a. "Cool Joe" is a Paleontologist and has a background in Cretaceous ecosystems of North America using geochemical and morphological analyses of fossilized vertebrate remains.  His knowledge, research background and "cool" approach supports his commitment to collaborative outreach programs that support teachers, students and administrations.   His teaching topics include energy, earthquakes, paleontology, geology, taphonomy, percussion music and biology.  Dr. Cool Joe attained his Ph.D. during Spring 2018.


The work of Thick Descriptions would be impossible without the partnership of amazing and talented volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, click here for adult leaders.  And here for non-adult leaders.

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