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Queer Collegiate Summit

Thank you for Joining us for this year's summit! We look forward to you joining us again in spring 2019!


Friday, April 19, 2019
​LBJ Student Center Ballroom
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
No cost to attend


The Queer Collegiate Summit is a symposium program specifically for LGBTQIA+ and Ally students. The focus of this program is to encourage personal and professional development in areas of involvement, community, academics, social justice, and activism. This year's Queer Collegiate Summit will focus on the intersex and non-binary identities, self-care, and strategies for activism and advocacy through one's talents within the LGBTQIA+ community. The symposium includes keynote speakers and student peer-to-peer engagement to facilitate growth and development.

While we encourage that you attend all the session as possible, we understand you cannot attend the entire summit. Please feel free to participate in as many sessions as you are able to.

Sponsors and Collaborators: Multicultural Program Council, Alliance of Texas State, Office of Disability Services, Gender and Diversity Studies, Department of Sociology, Lambda at Texas State, Queer Students and Allies Coordinating Committee (QSACC)

LBJ Student Center - Ballroom
8:00 AM​ 9:00 AM   Check-In & Breakfast
9:00 AM 9:10 AM LGBTQIA+ RSO Welcomes
9:10 AM 9:20 AM Purpose and Calling
9:20 AM 10:20 AM Guest Speaker: TBD
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Guest Speaker: TBD
11:30 AM 12:20 PM Drag Brunch
12:30 PM 2:20PM Keynote: TBD
2:20PM 2:30PM

Closing Remarks &

2:30 PM 3:00 PM


Esera Tuaolo

Hida Viloria
Keynote Address

Hida (pronounced "Heeda") Viloria is the author of the acclaimed Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books), currently a nominee for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ non-fiction. S/he is also one of the world’s foremost intersex and non-binary activists, and brings an intersectional analysis and approach to he/r work as a queer child of Latinx immigrants. Viloria is the founding director of the Intersex Campaign for Equality (IC4E), a frequent consultant (UN, Lambda Legal, Human Rights Watch), speaker (Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, NYU…), television and radio guest (Oprah, Aljazeera, 20/20, NPR, BBC…), and one the most extensively published writers in the field (The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Advocate, The American Journal of Bioethics,, Ms…). Hida is also a gender-fluid, non-binary pioneer since appearing in films such as Gendernauts (1999), and became the recipient of the nation’s second intersex birth certificate in April 2017. He/r memoir Born Both has been praised by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, NPR, Psychology Today, and People, and more, and will be published in German by Zaglossus Books in summer 2018.. Read More

Susan Cottrell

Mia Parton

An active advocate of the LGBTQ Community, Mia M. Parton moved with her family to the United States at the age of 16 from Jordan, she identify as West Asian Texan and Muslim Queer woman. She obtained her Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. She founded Women’s Alliance for Leadership (WAL) in 2013 currently Queer Women in Leadership, a statewide non-profit organization through which she has empowered LGBTQ women in Texas by offering accessible leadership workshops, awarding scholarships, and honoring Texas women leaders. She truly inspires community participation and action. In 2013, she spoke at South Methodist University, and in public for many events during the Women’s Rights movement, in 2016 she spoke at Austin Pride Interfaith Celebration, as well as others, she is speaking at SXSW in March 2018. Mia is a local activist, philanthropist, and public servant; she has been very involved in her industry as well. Since 2015, she served as the Health, Safety and Environment Committee Chair of the National American Water Works Association (AWWA); also in 2017, Mia was appoint as the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Commissioner and to the Board of Directors of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Last year, she started her own civil engineering firm, Aeparmia Engineering PLLC, where she specializes in consulting and design services for the Land development, Water and Telecommunications industries.


Kristina Brown


Kristina Brown is an epidemiologist by training with a specialty in the identification and assessment of disparities (race and gender). With a Biology background, Kristina combines her knowledge of physiological and psychosocial factors for the delivery of care using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her thesis project explores the relationship self-care and intersectional stress experienced by African American women.


She has completed her coursework for her Masters of Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in the Epidemiology department with a concentration in Health Disparities. In her, just three years in Austin she has interned with the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, held multiple appointments on boards at the University of Texas Austin and was a staffer for State Representative Thierry as her legislative correspondent and maternal mortality subject matter expert. Most recently Kristina has joined the Community Collective Board, a project looking to achieve health equity and improving maternal postpartum access and outcomes of African American women in Travis County. Invested applying her skills and empowering her community she is the co-founder and President of Counter Balance: ATX. Counter Balance: ATX is a grassroots non-profit organization purposed to improving the quality of life of women of the global majority and impoverished women, through policy updates, self-care programs and events and programs.