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Day of Reflection and Solidarity

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The Texas State community will held A Day of Reflection and Solidarity on Friday, June 19 to provide our university community with a time to:

  • recognize and acknowledge the challenges, grief, and struggles we are collectively experiencing in our world, nation, and university community and work to create a more racially just and equitable world and society
  • acknowledge our ability to work together to build the kind of society and learning community we all want to take part in and be part of
  • to reflect, mourn, and contemplate, as a means to validate the experience of our collective humanity
  • to affirm the university’s support of these and other ongoing actions during these difficult times

Organizer and Supporters

Organized by Dr. Sherri Benn, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

With support and programming from many campus partners including the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Counseling Center, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Black Presidents Council, Hip Hop Congress,  African American Minor Program, Latina/o/x Minor Program, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for Study of the Southwest, Alliance of Texas State, Hispanic Policy Network, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, TXST Monarch Center for Immigrant Students, University Communications, Department of Sociology, and more.

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM -- Opening Remarks, Purpose & Speaker

Dr. Denise Trauth

Opening Remarks & Purpose

Dr. Denise Trauth

President
Texas State University

Opening Remarks

Dr. Sherri Benn

Opening Remarks & Purpose 

Dr. Sherri Benn

Assistant Vice President of DE&I - Student Initiatives

Purpose

Dr. Dwight Watson

Speaker & Historian

Dr. Dwight Watson

Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of History

11:00 AM - 11:55 PM -- TXST Faculty and Staff Panel

Dr. Scott Bowman

Dr. Scott Bowman

Associate Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Dwonna Goldstone

Dr. Dwonna Goldstone

Director
African American Studies Program
Department of History

Dr. Maneka Deanna Brooks

Dr. Maneka Deanna Brooks

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Marcus Johnson

Dr. Marcus Johnson

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education

Purpose

A moderated virtual panel with Texas State faculty and staff to share personal testimonies and statements on the current state of our nation with regards to racial injustice.

Dr. Valerie Fleming

Moderator

Dr. Valarie Fleming

Chair & Professor
Department of Communication Disorders
College of Health Professions

Faculty and Staff Panel

Lunch Break

A video montage highlighting the lived experiences of Black Men in America.

Join the conversation!

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Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory art project created by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) and featured… https://t.co/jW11jnF9G9
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12:45 PM - 1:40 PM -- Student Panel

Purpose

A moderated panel of students of truth, courage, and encouragement related to racial justice.

Panelists

Cathie Jean
Corey Benbow
Dizzy Harrison
Diereck Montes
Kirby Glass
Tyreonta Norman
Destiny McKinney 

Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick

Moderator

Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick

Coordinator
DE&I - Student Initiatives
Division of University Administration

Student Panel

1:45 PM - 2:40 PM -- Trans-faith Dialogue

Reverend Dr. John Elford

Rev. Dr. John Elford

Senior Pastor of University UMC Austin, United Methodist

Reverend Dr. Valerie Bridgeman

Rev. Valerie Bridgeman, Ph.D.

Dean & Vice President of Academic Affairs at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) and President & CEO of WomanPreach!

Rabbi

Rabbi Nate DeGroot

Hazon Detroit Associate Director and Spiritual & Program Director

Najeeba

Dr. Najeeba Syeed

Associate Professor in Muslim and Interreligious Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary

Purpose

A Moderated virtual panel with leaders from the faith community in an open dialogue of faith and hope.

Moderator

Dr. Rebecca Raphael

Professor

Department of Philosophy

College of Liberal Arts

Trans-faith Dialogue

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM -- Closing Remarks

Purpose

Closing statement of commitment and accountability that invites the community to help advance, assess, and collaborate in our collective work to advance diversity, support equity, facilitate excellence in inclusiveness and promote justice.

Closing

Dr. Gene Bourgeois

Dr. Gene Bourgeois

Provost
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Sponsors and Collaborators

African American Studies
Alliance
Common Experience
Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff
College of Education
Counseling Center
Curriculum and Instruction
Dean of Students
Department of Communication Disorders
Department of History
Department of Housing and Residential Living
Hispanic Policy Network
Division of Information Technology
Philosophy Department
Office of the President
Office of the Provost
School of Criminal Justice
Staff Council
Underrepresented Student Advisory Council
University Administration
University Advancement
University Marketing

Coordinated by Student Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Information Technology