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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

Two Week Outlook

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Location:
Flowers Hall; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Barbara Rusin, b_r242@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest & Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
Guest speakers Dr. Sandra Mayo and Dr. Elvin Holt.
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until Oct. 17
Location:
Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
$5 per person / ticket link: bit.ly…
Contact:
Laura Krantz
Director, The University Star
laurakrantz@txstate.edu
512.245.5753
Campus Sponsor:
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Official Common Experience Event
Mass Comm Week Event


During Mass Comm Week, The University Star will bring together eight phenomenal local storytellers who are members of our Texas State and San Marcos communities to present “Star Stories: True Stories of Life at TXST.” The event will feature true personal narratives that reveal something about our community’s greatest challenges and greatest opportunities. The goal is to open a dialogue among diverse groups while assigning value to first-person narratives. This project is in keeping with Texas State University’s values of diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life.
 
Tickets
Eventbrite: Star Stories
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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater (Room 250); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Shirley Ogletree
Department of Psychology
so01@txstate.edu
512.245.3156
Campus Sponsor:
Faculty Senate University Lecture Series, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Department of Psychology, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Alkek Library, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Faculty Senate University Lecture Series
 
Dr. Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She is past president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, and she has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Psychological Assessment and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has written over 60 empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice. Her books include A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have and Using Race and Culture in Counseling Psychotherapy: Theory and Process.

Speaker Biography
Boston College: Dr. Janet Helms
Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek Library; 250
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shirley Ogletree, so01@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Faculty Senate University Lecture Series, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Department of Psychology, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Alkek Library, Common Experience
Dr. Janet Helms, a nationally prominent professor and book author  ("A Race is a Nice Thing to Have" and "Using Race and Culture in Psychotherapy"), will be speaking. Dr. Helms is the Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture and holds the Augustus Long Professorship in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at Boston College. Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek Library; ALK 250
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Shirley Ogletree, so01@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Faculty Senate University Lectures Series, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Department of Psychology, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Alkek Library, Common Experience
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Location:
THOR 101; Conference Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Victoria Gonzales
512 245 7966
intlevents@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
International Student and Scholar Services
Join us for a spooky good time at this Halloween Festival! We will learn about American Halloween traditions, play games, enjoy themed treats, and carve pumpkins. 

This event is free of charge and open to the Texas State University Community.
Click here for more information
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until Oct. 28
Location:
UAC (meet at entrance of the coffee shop)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Clarena Larrotta
CL24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Adult, Professional, and Community Education Program
Looking for opportunities to improve your English skills? Join us for an hour of conversation! This event is free of cost and open to the TXST community.  

You will have the opportunity to:
• Meet with a tutor
• Get individualized help
• Practice pronunciation
• Improve your listening
• Learn new vocabulary
• Practice conversation for fluency
• Improve your English!

Please feel free to bring a friend who would also want to
participate in this event! 

Email CL24@txstate.edu to register 
Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater (Room 250); Teaching Theater (Room 250)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Steve Blank
University Libraries
sb19@txstate.edu
512.245.5043
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment; Sustainability Studies; University Libraries; Staff Council; Center for the Study of the Southwest; Departments of English, Philosophy, and Sociology; Texas State Latino/a Studies; @justicetalktxst
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series

 
The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Film screening at 7 p.m., with panel discussion afterwards featuring these guest speakers:
  • Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune (texastribune.org)
  • Ben Masters, director of The River and The Wall
  • Dr. Andrew Sansom, Department of Geography, Texas State; former executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Texas Nature Conservancy.
  • Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Department of English, Texas State; director of the Media Studies Minor Program
  • Dr. Thomas Longoria, Department of Political Science; director, Center for Research, Public Policy and Training
  • Dr. Gloria Martinez-Ramos, Department of Sociology, Texas State; director of the Latina/o Studies minor
The River and The Wall books will be available for purchase, and a book signing featuring Ben Masters and Andrew Sansom will follow the event.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 3-13.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jesse Silva, Associate Director
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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Location:
McCoy Hall; Minifie Academic Atrium - 4th floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jana Minifie
512-245-8234
Campus Sponsor:
Materials Applications Research Center (MARC)
The GSMP Innovation Quick Pitch has two competitions in one! There is a student track for graduate and undergraduate students and a community member track for faculty and non-Texas State individuals. The competition will be conducted in two different phases. Phase 1: Competitors will upload their 90-second pitch by Wednesday Oct. 16th at midnight. The top pitches of each track will be selected for Phase 2 based on social media likes and our entrepreneurial evaluation committee.  The top pitches will be announced at the beginning of the event on Oct. 23rd. Phase 2:  The top pitches for each track will be announced at the LIVE competition. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs will judge the live event and select the top presentation for both tracks who will receive at least  $400. Click here for more information
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Location:
JC Kellam Reed Parr Room (11th floor)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jana Minifie
512-245-8234
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Texas State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisors, Ms. Peg Richmond and Mr. Bill Thompson, will take participants through a hands-on workshop on how to develop and improve the marketing of a small business. Click here for more information
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Location:
Flowers Hall; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, Program Coordinator; 512-245-2224
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, College of Liberal Arts, Justice Talks, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Departments of Anthropology, English, Criminal Justice, History, International Studies, Sociology, Psychology, and Political Science
The conference and keynote speak to urgent conditions on the ground in Texas. Cities like Houston and Dallas have become known for both the presence of enslavement and the prosecution of slavery and human trafficking cases. The I-10 corridor linking Los Angeles, El Paso, Houston, New Orleans and Jacksonville is a major transit site for trafficked persons. This symposium will help people think about how practitioners of forced labor still found openings for their actions even after the 13th amendment abolished slavery. 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:
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Corey Benbow
Student Body President
corey@txstate.edu
512.245.3465
Campus Sponsor:
Diversity Week sponsors: Student Government, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA), LBJ Student Center, Office of Retention Management and Planning, Student Involvement, Texas State Athletics, University Police Department, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Senate, Leadership Institute, International Students and Scholar Services
Official Common Experience Event
Diversity Week Event

 
3-4 p.m. Kick-off Reception
4-6 p.m. Kick-off Program
 
Kick-Off Keynote: Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette
Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D is the president and chief executive officer of Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and its only historically black college and university. A strong proponent of civic and community engagement, Dr. Pierce Burnette is a member of Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) and the steering committee for My Brother’s Keeper. She also sits on the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Leadership Austin, and the Greater Austin Area African American Chamber of Commerce. Nationally, Dr. Pierce Burnette is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Texnikoi, the Black Data Processing Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her many honors include the United States Army Distinguished Civilian Volunteer Service Medal Award, the Thurgood Marshall Foundation Chief Information Officer of the Year Award, and the National Diversity Council Glass Ceiling Award.

About Diversity Week at Texas State
Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. In the spirit of Texas State's values and mission, Student Government is hosting Diversity Week: Living in Our Truth, by collaborating and co-sponsoring events dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to come to together in unity.
 
Website
studentgovernment.dos.txstate.edu/diversity-week
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Diversity Week Event

 
Topic
Ageism: It’s Getting Old
 
Presenters
• Christopher Johnson, Department of Sociology
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
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until Oct. 30
Location:
Lampasas 407 (Honors Coffee Forum)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Sotolongo
ms84@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Bring mementos, photos, and materials to make ofrendas (offerings) to decorate the annual Honors College altar, paying tribute to loved ones who have passed. This tradition is celebrated around the world, particularly in Latin American cultures, on November 2 (sometimes also referred to as All Souls Day). Offerings are welcomed throughout the month of October and must be picked up on November 5.
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Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, @justicetalktxst
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Diversity Week Event

 
Topic
The Invisible Knapsack: Unconscious Bias, Power, and Privilege
 
Presenters
• Linda Grace Solis, University of the Incarnate Word
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
; Philosophy Dialogue Room (116)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Diversity Week Event

 
Topic
Tau Talks: The Action of Gender
 
Presenters
• Chris Hall, philosophy graduate student
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
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Location:
San Marcos Public Library
625 E. Hopkins St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, @justicetalktxst
Official Common Experience Event
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Diversity Week Event

 
Topic
Tools for Humans: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Mitigating Our Unconscious Biases
 
Presenters
• Linda Grace Solis, University of the Incarnate Word
 
About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.
 
Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
more about event
Location:
George's in LBJ Student Center; George's
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Corey Benbow
Student Body President
corey@txstate.edu
512.245.3465
Campus Sponsor:
Diversity Week sponsors: Student Government, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA), LBJ Student Center, Office of Retention Management and Planning, Student Involvement, Texas State Athletics, University Police Department, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Senate, Leadership Institute, International Students and Scholar Services
Official Common Experience Event
Diversity Week Event

 
Intercultural Understanding Interactive Activity
An officially sponsored activity celebrating Diversity Wee: Living in Our Truths.

About Diversity Week at Texas State
Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. In the spirit of Texas State's values and mission, Student Government is hosting Diversity Week: Living in Our Truth, by collaborating and co-sponsoring events dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to come to together in unity.
 
Website
studentgovernment.dos.txstate.edu/diversity-week
more about event
Location:
George's in LBJ Student Center; George's
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Corey Benbow
Student Body President
corey@txstate.edu
512.245.3465
Campus Sponsor:
Diversity Week sponsors: Student Government, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA), LBJ Student Center, Office of Retention Management and Planning, Student Involvement, Texas State Athletics, University Police Department, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Senate, Leadership Institute, International Students and Scholar Services
Official Common Experience Event
Diversity Week Event

 
Drag Karaoke with Kristi Waters
Kristi Waters first "dabbled" with dressing like a woman when she performed in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Kristi Waters' interest in drag snowballed from there. The popular San Antonio entertainer has worked as a full-time drag queen for 14 years throughout Texas, New Mexico, Los Angeles and New York City — even performing alongside drag queen superstars Shangela and Monique Heart.

About Diversity Week at Texas State
Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. In the spirit of Texas State's values and mission, Student Government is hosting Diversity Week: Living in Our Truth, by collaborating and co-sponsoring events dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to come to together in unity.
 
Website
studentgovernment.dos.txstate.edu/diversity-week
more about event
Location:
George's in LBJ Student Center; George's
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Corey Benbow
Student Body President
corey@txstate.edu
512.245.3465
Campus Sponsor:
Diversity Week sponsors: Student Government, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA), LBJ Student Center, Office of Retention Management and Planning, Student Involvement, Texas State Athletics, University Police Department, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Senate, Leadership Institute, International Students and Scholar Services
Official Common Experience Event
Diversity Week Event

 
Film & Discussion:
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.

About Diversity Week at Texas State
Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. In the spirit of Texas State's values and mission, Student Government is hosting Diversity Week: Living in Our Truth, by collaborating and co-sponsoring events dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to come to together in unity.
 
Website
studentgovernment.dos.txstate.edu/diversity-week
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For all diversity events, visit our full Texas State Diversity Calendar.

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:

faculty members talking at a workshop

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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