Northwestern seeking clothing donations for ‘The Teacher’s Closet’ to help teacher candidates

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Northwestern seeking clothing donations for ‘The Teacher’s Closet’ to help teacher candidates

June 29, 2017

Teacher's ClosetUniversity organizations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have come together to create a clothing drive to benefit education majors transitioning into their professional occupations.

The Teacher’s Closet is a clothing drive developed by Dr. Jen Oswald, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Jennifer Page, assistant professor of English, to provide free business attire to Northwestern education majors who are entering or about to enter their student teaching semesters.

Transitioning from a student’s casual clothing to a teacher candidate’s professional wardrobe can be quite challenging. The financial investment required in this sartorial transition often presents an obstacle for education majors who subsist on a student’s budget. These students must spend significant portions of their limited discretionary income on background checks and required testing, which further limits their ability to purchase appropriate clothing.

The Teacher’s Closet is looking for donations of new and gently-used professional clothing from area individuals and businesses for all sizes of men and women’s styles, shoes and accessories. Education students will be able to use the clothes for interviews, classroom observation and student teaching. The students will be able to “shop” for free workplace outfits in conjunction with the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) professionalization luncheon each semester at Northwestern-Alva.

For more information or to donate contact Oswald at (580) 327-8582 or or Page at (580) 327-8473 or

Ali Gavitt, University Relations Specialist, 580-327-8480