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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

December 2019

President's statement about Evaluating the Chief Diversity Officer to a Cabinet-level position

Q&A with Interim Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Stella Silva on the role and its impact.

 

November 2019

The Bobcat J.E.D.I Program  launched!

 

October 2019

Immigration Policy and Law Relating to the Students site is now live!

Bring it up Bobcats! Texas State University Bias Response Protocol site is now complete! Visit our page for more information on ways to report incidents of hate and bias that occur on campus.

 

August 2019

Capacity Building Action Plan is launched.

 

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:
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:
Student Recreation Center, 2nd Floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Victoria Gonzales
intlevents@txstate.edu
512 245 7966
Campus Sponsor:
International Student and Scholar Services
Join us in giving a warm welcome to our new international students! At this event, you'll have the chance to meet new students, meet your ISSS staff, enjoy free snacks, and learn country line dances! Click here for more information
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom; Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jaime Rodriguez
Coordinator for Veteran Programs
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion, Vice President for Student Affairs, Veterans Alliance of Texas State and Veterans Advisory Council
New, transfer and returning 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.  Light refreshments are provided.

Sponsors and Collaborators: Veterans Advisory Council, Veterans Alliance of Texas State, Student Affairs, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Office of University Registrar, Office of Veterans Affairs, The Graduate College, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Counseling Center, ITAC, the Applied Arts Advising Center, Veterans Academic Success Center, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Career Services, Office of Disability Services, Attorney for Students, TXST Round Rock Campus, Faculty Senate and Student Government.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom; LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Liz Gonzales, Graduate Assistant - USAC
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion, Vice President for Student Affairs, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council and Multicultural Programs Committee
Join us as Texas State kicks off Black History Month.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:
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika Nielson
Assistant Director of the Common Experience
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Southwest, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event

The documentary film Ay Mariposa tells the true stories of La Mariposa, Zulema, and Marianna — three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Marianna Trevino Wright is director of the National Butterfly Center and a leader of wall resistance in the Valley. Zulema Hernandez, a life-long migrant worker, has been a dedicated advocate for all migrants, both wild and human-kind. Meanwhile the butterfly, La Mariposa, fights its own daily battle for survival: more than 95 percent of its habitat is gone, and much of what remains lies directly in the path of the wall. Following the film screening, retired faculty member Susan Hanson will moderate a sit-down discussion with Marianna Trevino Wright about the film and the issues it considers.

Film Trailer
youtu.be/hND3g_D7x-4
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Room 4-1.9; LBJ Student Center Room 4-1.9
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jaime Rodriguez, Coordinator for Veteran Programs
Student Diversity and Inclusion
osdi@txstate.edu
512-245-2278
Campus Sponsor:
Student Diversity and Inclusion
Lunches 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. Click here for more information
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Location:
Encino 233 and Zoom
txstate.zoom.us…; 233
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Patricia Clarke
facultydevelopment@txstate.edu
512-245-2112
Campus Sponsor:
Faculty Development
Learn about the availability of Open Educational Resources (OER), including videos, textbooks, quizzes, and learning modules. Increase the inclusivity of your classroom through specific curation of materials and affordability to low-income students.  Find out how open educational resources can be used in your courses, what others are doing, identify places to find high quality OER materials, licensing, attribution, and accessibility.
This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students and to offer high-quality academic and education programming.

Presented by:
Dana Willett, Assistant Vice President, Distance and Extended Learning
Dr. Gwendolyn May Morel, Director, Distance and Extended Learning
Dianna Morganti, Subject Librarian, University Libraries
Stephanie Towery, Copyright Officer, University Libraries
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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:

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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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