Jared Scism works as the Assistant Director of the International House and Programs at the University of Central Oklahoma where he is also working toward his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in bilingual education. As an assistant director, Jared is responsible for helping international students, American students, and community members understand different cultures by executing a number of events each month.
Additionally, Jared serves as the president and co-founder of the recently resurrected Japan America Society of Oklahoma and a board member of the Edmond Sister-Cities organization. He previously served as the president of the World Experiences Foundation – an organization that brings leaders of different countries and diverse experiences to public school classrooms in order to impart non-biased multicultural and multilingual education.
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 Tanzania, 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 6 major continents and hope to travel to Antarctica someday. Jared has also participated in a fellowship program as a United States delegate with Oklahoma’s sister state in Gansu Province, China. 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.