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Equality University


Join us in November 2018 for Equality U 2018. See you then. 

Equality University

Texas State Student Diversity & Inclusion Conference 

LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Saturday, November 11, 2017   |   8:00 AM - 6:00 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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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 
 9:10 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 Shakil Choudhury
Keynote / Plenary Speaker
LBJ Student Center Ballroom 
General assembly session with all conference participants 
 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Awareness 201
Facilitated Workshop #2
Small group dialogue session that focuses on plenary session #1 presentation
 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Symone Sanders
Keynote / Plenary Speaker
LBJ Student Ballroom
General assembly session with all conference participants
 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Shakil Choudhury
Keynote / Plenary Speaker
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
 4:30 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

Keynote Speakers

Shakil Choudhury

Picture of Shakil Choudhury, Senior Partner of Anima Leadership and Keynote Speaker for Equality U 2017

Senior Partner of Anima Leadership / Diversity & Leadership Consultant

Shakil Choudhury (M.E.S., B.Ed., B.P.E.) is a diversity and leadership consultant with more than 20 years experience leading and building teams locally, nationally and internationally. An award-winning educator and author, he specializes in anti-discrimination and equity issues, conflict resolution as well as emotional intelligence. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America. Shakil’s book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them is now available for sale.

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Symone Sanders

Picture of Symone Sanders, Strategist/ Millennial/ CNN Political Commentor and Keynote for 2017 Equality U

Strategist. Millennial. CNN Political Correspondent.

Symone Sanders champions inclusivity, encouraging you to embrace diverse voices and perspectives in the pursuit of building and extending strong communities that will help change the world. A strategist and CNN political commentator, Symone rose to prominence as the press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. At 25, Symone demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues, earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record. Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.

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Are you a member of the Equality U Director's Committee and interested in attending the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE Conference)? Apply today.

Deadline to submit application is Friday, March 9, 2018.

Are you interested in joining the Equality U Director's Committee?  Submit an application today to join our leadership team. 

Deadline to submit application is Friday,  March 9, 2018.