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Equality University

Equality University

Texas State Student Diversity & Inclusion Conference 

LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Saturday, November 12, 2016   |   8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Equality University is a diversity and inclusion conference that brings individuals from all areas of campus life together to participate in a day of dialogue with national speakers, faculty and staff facilitators and collegiate colleagues.  Conference attendees will have opportunities to engage in authentic peer connections and explore how all identities impact individual relationships, groups and social dynamics.  Equality U will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the identities that make you the unique individual you are and help prepare you for success in a global society.

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Reasons for why should attend Equality U.

Reason #1

Have you ever wanted to have an honest conversation about things like race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, social class, religion or other "sensitive" topics, but 1) were afraid of offending someone, 2) didn't know how to begin or 3) were taught never to discuss such things outside of your close-knit group?  Well, this conference is for you.  At Equality U these are just the sort of things you will be encouraged, guided and assisted in discussing.

Reason #2

Do you actually enjoy having conversations about things like race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, social class, religion and other "sensitive" topics, but your attempts to discuss these things left you feeling bad, guilty, frustrated, discouraged or even angry?  Well this conference is for you. At Equality U you will have an opportunity to learn new skills and explore ideas that can help you to engage these topics more successfully.

Reason #3

Do you ever wonder just what the big deal is about these things? Have you ever asked yourself: "Why can't everyone just get along as one race....the human race?"  Well this conference is for you.  At Equality U you will learn some of the reasons why we all have such a difficult time coming together AND you will discover ways you can help your group, organization or community create better connections when there is diversity.

Who can attend.

All are welcomed to attend free of charge; registration is required.

  • High School Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Faculty & Staff 
  • Community Members (Non-Texas State Staff, administrators, etc.)
  • Equality U Conference Facilitators

Conference Schedule

Time Component Location / Description
 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In

Coffee & Pastries

Pre-Conference Evaluations
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
TXST Students, faculty, and staff to present TXST IDs or A00#
 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM The Occasion
Welcome & Purpose
LBJ Student Center Ballroom 
 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Courage 101
Facilitated Workshop #1
Small group introductory session focused on building authentic peer connections
 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Plenary Speaker #1

LBJ Student Center Ballroom 
General assembly session with all conference participants 
 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Awareness 201
Facilitated Workshop #2
Small group dialogue session that focuses on plenary session #1 presentation
 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch with Plenary Speaker #2
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Plenary Speaker #3
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM Daring Greatly 301
Facilitated Workshop #3
Small group dialogue session that focuses on plenary session #3 presentation
 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM Light Reception
Post-Conference Evaluations & T-Shirts
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Closing Remarks LBJ Student Center Ballroom
 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Light Reception continues LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Plenary Keynote Speakers

Dr. Frank Wu
Dr. Frank Wu, Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of Law

Dr. Frank H. Wu
Frank H. Wu is currently a Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of Law.  He previously served as Chancellor & Dean at the school, receiving unanimous early renewal after being voted the most influential law school dean in the nation. Before joining UC Hastings, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university, for a decade. He served as Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit. He has taught at Stanford, Michigan, Columbia, George Washington, Maryland, and Peking University School of Transnational Law.  

He is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. In April 2016, he was elected by the members of Committee of 100 as their Chair. The Committee of 100 is a non-profit membership organization, inviting Chinese Americans who have achieved the highest levels of success to join, working on twin missions of promoting good relations between the US and China and the civic engagement of Chinese Americans.

He is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment.

Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco – while there, he devoted a quarter of his time to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients. He received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Taz Ahmed
Taz Ahmed, Campaign Strategist, 18 Million Rising

Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years, starting with founding South Asian American Voting Youth in 2004. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18 Million Rising.  Ahmed is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in O Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed. She is published in forthcoming anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors and was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah.

Dr. Eric Tang, Assistant Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis; University of Texas - Austin

Dr. Eric Tang
Eric Tang is an Assistant Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and faculty member in the Center for Asian American Studies at University of Texas - Austin. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology and serves as a faculty fellow with both the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. His first book, entitled Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto (Temple University Press, 2015), is an ethnographic account of refugee life in some of New York City’s most impoverished and socially marginalized neighborhoods.  A former community organizer, Tang has published several articles on race and urban social movements, including award-winning writing on post-Katrina New Orleans. His current research focuses on the past and present of racial segregation in Austin, Texas, paying particular attention the gentrification-driven displacements of the city’s longstanding African American residents. He co-authored the report “Outlier: The Case of Austin’s Declining African American population” which revealed that Austin was the only major growing city in the United States to experience an absolute numerical decline in African Americans.  Tang is currently working on a new book, to be published with the University of Texas Press, entitled East Avenue: African Americans in Austin’s Terrain of Inequality.