Texas State Student Diversity and Inclusion Conference
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
This year's theme: Decolonizing Identities
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.
Sessions will be presented in Spanish and English. Four conference tracks will be offered for: undergraduates, graduate students, veterans and professionals.
Spaces are limited and priority is given to Texas State students!
2018 - Keynote Speakers
A world-renowned scholar and professor addressing the transglobal history of oppression and its intersection with patriarch, capitalism and modernity. She is currently a professor-researcher for the Division of Social and Humanities within the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous Metropolitan University-Azcapotzalco in Mexico City.
Critical race and social justice educator and author. She is a former Associate Professor of Education, and her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and has been featured or cited in The New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, Slate and Salon.
Join the diversity dialogue.
Equality U 2017 - Recap
Join our team today!
Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) is seeking student leaders with a passion for diversity and inclusion to share their unique experiences and knowledge that will help achieve the goals of the Equality U Conference.
Students interested in joining the committee may apply at any time during Spring 2019 semester.
Interested in attending NCORE?
Each year, the SDI Office selects members of the Equality U Director’s Committee to attend and represent Texas State University at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education Conference (NCORE).
The application is open now. Deadline is March 1st. Do NOT wait – a limited number of students will be selected.
General FAQs about Equality U Conference
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.
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.
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.
All are welcomed to attend the conference free of charge. Registration is required to attend.
High School Students
Texas State Faculty & Staff
Community Members (any and working professional who is not a employee of Texas State)
No on-site, day-of or walk-in registration
All attendees must pre-register for the conference. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Arrive and check-in by 8:00 AM
Equality U uses tracks (i.e. cohorts) to ensure a diverse representation within each group and discussion. Please bring or provide your Texas State ID or appropriate ID to the check-in tables.
No admittance after 8:00 AM
Entering the conference late interrupts the educational experience and learning process that has been developed specifically for conference attendees and guided by facilitators.
No half-day participation
For the reasons mentioned above.
To gain the full experience, participants are expected to attend the entire conference.
Texas State Students, Staff and Faculty
Priority registration is for Texas State students. There is no cost associated for Texas State members.
All are welcomed to attend. Presently, there is no cost associated with attending. However, we will notify all Non-Texas State participants if this changes.
All participants will participate in one of the available tracks:
- High School Student
- Undergraduate Student
- Graduate Student
- Doctoral Student (this track includes doctoral students who are not employed full-time)
- Faculty, Staff and Community Member (includes non-TXST working professionals)
Individuals assisting with the implementation of the conference are required to register.
- Director's Committee (Staff & Student Planning Committee Members)
- Conference Workshop Facilitators
- All Volunteers
If you require an accommodation (i.e. information in alternate format, sign language interpreting, etc.) due to a disability, complete the necessary field below or contact SDI directly using the contact information provided. Accommodation requests should be made at least 72 hours in advance of the program start time to ensure availability.
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) at 512.245.2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.