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Inclusion and Diversity

The Importance of Inclusion

Texas is diverse. Texas State University reflects the population of Texas and it is up to us as a public institution to be actively inclusive of that diversity. Our mission is to create new knowledge and prepare graduates to excel as citizens of the world, and to achieve that mission we must ensure equitable opportunities for all members of the university community. Within this site, you’ll find information about how we hold ourselves accountable to that responsibility.

Our Strategic Plan Goals

Learn more about our goals

  1. Strengthen Our Culture of Respect and Inclusion
  2. Strengthen Our Efforts to Better Identify and Overcome Barriers to Inclusion
  3. Strengthen Our Ability to Better Understand and Define Our University Community
  4. Strengthen Our Efforts to Maintain a Safe University Environment Free From Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
  5. Strengthen the Diversity of Faculty and Senior-level Administrators (Director & above)

Updates and Initiatives

August 2019

Capacity Building Action Plan is launched.

 

July 2019

The Hate/Bias Reporting process is complete and will be live soon! Check back here for the link and more information on ways to report incidents of hate and bias that occur on campus.

 

April 2019

Cuentos and Testimonies: Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State

 

February 22, 2019

Message from Chief Diversity Officer Ameerah McBride

Texas State Diversity Calendar

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Location:
Star Park
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Purchasing Office
512-245-2521
Purchasing@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
FREE event. You are invited to attend Texas State University and Texas State University System annual Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) economic opportunity forum. Meet and greet key purchasing personnel from TXST, TSUS, Sam Houston State University, TXST Small Business Development Center, and some of its strategic partners. This is your chance to learn more about procurement opportunities at TXST.


Please register for the event HERE or by manually copy and pasting the following link into your browser:

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Location:
LBJ Student Center; 3-21.2
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ameerah McBride
Chief Diversity Officer
equityinclusion@txstate.edu
(512) 245-2539
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Council on Inclusive Excellence, chaired by the Chief Diversity Officer, is an advisory committee to the university President consisting of representatives of key constituent groups of the university. The committee will evaluate and offer feedback on issues related to inclusion and diversity, including the development of strategies for fostering a welcoming and inclusive learning, research, and work environment. The committee is expected to meet regularly throughout the year and the membership of the committee will promote interactions and informal dialogue between the committee and the Texas State University community. Click here for more information
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Location:
Joann Cole Mitte; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
RebeccaMarino@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Neighbors is a collaborative and experimental exhibition between four artists who will alter and re-contextualize each others work. The artists, each originating from a different South American background, may add their influence and experience (positive or negative) into one another. The purpose of the project is to expose cross cultural pollination of hispanic and latino communities within the United States, and highlight the influences U.S. culture has had on them. Cultural diversity is also represented through the use of medium; painting, sculpture, installation, and performance.


Join us for the closing reception of this group exhibition which includes a performance at 5pm.
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Location:
Room 3-12.2
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Veterans Advisory Council, Veterans Alliance of Texas State
Veteran Preview is a new transition program and experience for Student Veterans, Active Duty Military, Reserves and National Guard enrolling or attending Texas State University. Veteran Preview offers "just-in-time" information to help you successfully transition into Texas State.

Veteran Preview is a subprogram of Bobcat Preview and collaboration of Veterans Advisory Council.
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Location:
Joann Cole Mitte; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
RebeccaMarino@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries
Neighbors is a collaborative and experimental exhibition between four artists who will alter and re-contextualize each others work. The artists, each originating from a different South American background, may add their influence and experience (positive or negative) into one another. The purpose of the project is to expose cross cultural pollination of hispanic and latino communities within the United States, and highlight the influences U.S. culture has had on them. Cultural diversity is also represented through the use of medium; painting, sculpture, installation, and performance.


This is exhibition runs from August 26 to September 13 during regular Texas State Gallery hours.
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Location:
Texas State University; 460
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Reggie Deal, and Jessica Martin
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Disability Services
Typically, the word “disability” is associated with varying degrees of stigma and negative connotation. These associations often contribute to assumptions and treatment that further marginalize individuals with disabilities. As we explore various disability topics, we will challenge assumptions, deconstruct societal perceptions, and focus on the ability inside the individual. In this disability awareness and advocacy workshop, we will use our voices to engage in difficult conversations that challenge these social constructions.

In this session, the objectives are to:
  • Deconstruct the social construction of disability, dispel common stereotypes and myths associated to individuals with disabilities, and reconstruct perceptions through engagement in dialogue
  • Discuss the historical perspective and treatment of individuals with disabilities and the changing landscape with the ADA movement
  • Educate participants on the complexities of language and the power of words in regards to disabilities
  • Help individuals develop knowledge and advocacy skills by promoting universal design, inclusion, equity, access, and understanding for people with disabilities
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Location:
JC Kellam Administration Building; 460
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Office of Equity and Inclusion
(512) 245-2539
equityinclusion@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Chapter 21 of theTexas Labor Code requires all employees to complete EEO training that covers discrimination and sexual harassment (Title IX). The Labor Code requires that all state agencies provide equal employment opportunity training to all employees within 30 days of hire and every two years thereafter. Click here for more information
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Location:
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jessica Graham
Department of Theatre and Dance
jjg229@txstate.edu
512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Official Common Experience Event
 
The Black & Latino Playwrights Celebration 2019 pays tribute to Culture Clash. At 30-plus years, Culture Clash remains a prominent Chicano/Latino performance troupe in the country, with work ranging from sharp sketch comedy to drama to adaptations of Aristophanes. Culture Clash is comprised of Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza. The event will include performances by theatre students and a Q&A with Culture Clash.
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Location:
Theatre Center, Room 209
Texas State University
; Room 209
Cost:
Free | Attendees must sign up at txstatepresents.com
Contact:
Jessica Graham
Department of Theatre and Dance
jjg229@txstate.edu
512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Official Common Experience Event
 
As part of the Black & Latino Playwrights Celebration 2019, Culture Clash hosts a performance workshop sharing their creative process. Culture Clash is comprised of Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza.

Free Event Signup (Required)
txstatepresents.universitytickets.com
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Location:
Performing Arts Center, Harrison Theatre
Texas State University
; Harrison Theatre
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jessica Graham
Department of Theatre and Dance
jjg229@txstate.edu
512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Reading of new play...

“AS A MIGHTY STREAM” 

by Melissa Maxwell and Rob Urbanati

directed by Jade King Caroll

Performing Arts Center – Harrison Theatre



Immediately following….stick around for

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

an Excerpt of “Blue Spiral”

Written and Performed by Nadine Mozon
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Location:
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jessica Graham
Department of Theatre and Dance
jjg229@txstate.edu
512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
BLACK & LATINO PLAYWRIGHTS CELEBRATION 2019
NEW PLAY READING
"DELIVERY"
by Jelisa Jay Robinson
Ruben Gonzales, Director
Joe Luis Cedillo, Dramaturg
Guest Artist Actors
Karina Arroyave
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Location:
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jessica Graham
Department of Theatre and Dance
jjg229@txstate.edu
512.245.3572
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Theatre and Dance
BLACK & LATINO PLAYWRIGHTS CELEBRATION 2019
NEW PLAY READING
"DELIVERY"
by Jelisa Jay Robinson
Ruben Gonzales, Director
Joe Luis Cedillo, Dramaturg
Guest Artist Actors
Karina Arroyave
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
New and transfer student veterans are invited to attend. This opportunity connects student veterans with resources, services, Veteran Friendly Offices, and fellow student vets. The Veterans Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to meet the Veteran Alliance of Texas State (VATS), connect with prospective mentors, and learn about resources and opportunities at Texas State. Food and refreshments are provided. Click here for more information
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Vietnamese Student Association, Filipino Student Association, Korean Culture Club, Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Equity and Inclusion
Mid-Autumn Festival is coordinated and hosted by Vietnamese Student Association, Filipino Student Association and Korean Culture Club.
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Location:
Alkek Library
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Donna Dean, dgd33@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Alkek Library
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Alkek Library. From September 15 - October 15 there will be a display of items from the library collection that showcase Latinx authors, artists and more.
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion & Underrepresented Student Advisory Council
Join us as Texas State kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in September and Black History Month in February.
 
This is a great way to meet Texas State students, staff and faculty member in a casual environment, and learn about organizations under the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council (USAC).
 
Remember to bring your Texas State ID Card with you as you'll need it to enter the LBJSC Ballroom.
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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center; UAC Arch
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Impact Program
Latinx/a/o Studies Minor invites you to an ice cream social, "Paletas y Platicas" with program faculty. There will be a variety of ice cream favors to choose from. Bring a friend! Ice cream served until it runs out.
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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center; UAC Arch
Cost:
Free
Contact:
uc_hsi@txstate.edu 
Sylvia Gonzales
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Impact Program
Faculty and staff from various offices and departments on campus are available to talk, engage, and connect with you and share information on services available to support you. Visit each table and find out what support services are available to you. 
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Location:
LBJ Student Center; 3-21.3
Cost:
Free
Contact:
uc_hsi@txstate.edu 
Sylvia Gonzales
Campus Sponsor:
Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Impact Program
Connect with leaders and professionals in student and community organizations in speed networking style! Create lasting relationships with leaders across campus and in professional networks. 
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Location:
LBJ Student Center; LBJSC 3-3.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Robert Garcia

rjg111@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Only Allies training is a 4 hour workshop focused on educating and raising awareness for those who would like to support the LGBTQiA+ community. Trainings are conducted by trained student peer educators. Click here for more information
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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 310
Texas State University
; 310
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Marc A. Wallace
Department of Political Science
maw301@txstate.edu
512.245.3269
Campus Sponsor:
Discourse in Democracy Series, Department of Political Science
Official Common Experience Event
Discourse in Democracy Series

 
Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Reading book is What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Hanna-Attisha, a firsthand look at the water crisis in Flint Michigan (Dr. Hanna-Attisha will speak at Evans Auditorium on Sept. 18). The Public Administration Program has scheduled a panel discussion to examine two of the most destructive water crises in the United States: Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1993 and Flint, Michigan in 2014. The presentation will compare the two crises, focusing specifically on the differences in local governmental response within each city. In this era of a new civil rights movement under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter, racial tensions are once again at the forefront of the national discourse. As an integral part of that discourse, the Flint case demonstrates how racist attitudes and actions create differing realities for individuals of different racial backgrounds — especially in times of crisis.

Panelists
Holly Doyle
, District Director for State Representative Erin Zwiener and author of Bad Water, Dirty Politics: Contrasting Governmental Responses to Two U.S. Water Crises.
Dr. Dianne Rahm, public administration professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State who has written extensively on environmental law and sustainability.
 
Discourse in Democracy
polisci.txstate.edu/news/discourse-in-democracy
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Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join us at the Unity Welcome. The Unity Welcome is a celebration of diversity, people, culture and community. This is a day-long event consisting of remarks by guest speakers, an organizational and resource browse fair, live performances and light food. Click here for more information
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Location:
JC Kellam Administration Building; 460
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Office of Equity and Inclusion
(512) 245-2539
equityinclusion@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Chapter 21 of theTexas Labor Code requires all employees to complete EEO training that covers discrimination and sexual harassment (Title IX). The Labor Code requires that all state agencies provide equal employment opportunity training to all employees within 30 days of hire and every two years thereafter. Click here for more information
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Location:
Room 3-13.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
Veterans Monthly Lunch are informal meet-and-greets with peers, representatives of various on- and off-campus resources, and faculty and staff. We understand that student veterans may be in-between classes, work, studying or other responsibilities, we encourage you to stay, but understand if you must come-and-go. Registration is required to participate. Click here for more information
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Diversity Connections Directory

Diversity Connections is a directory that gives students the opportunity to search faculty and staff based on their racial/ethnic background, Ally  status (Ally of Texas State, Trans Ally, Veteran Friendly Ally, and  Dreamer Ally), Department/Office, and Veteran Status. The goal of the  Diversity Connections directory is to help students connect with Texas State faculty and staff who can serve as mentors, advocates, and a support system.

Visit the Diversity Connections Directory

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Student Resources

Students are the essence of any university. Texas State has a variety of services, academic programs and organizations for and by the student body, joining together to form an inclusive community. Student resources include:

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Faculty and Staff Resources

As leaders and mentors inside the classroom and out, the university’s faculty and staff have a large role in shaping the Texas State community. We offer programs to support many affinity groups and guide inclusive practices. Faculty and Staff Resources include:

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