The Institute for Diversity & Civic Life is excited to announce an initiative to share the diverse stories of Texans. Through the #ThisTexan Essay Contest, IDCL aims to provide an opportunity for community members to write about their experiences and thoughts on Texan identity. This contest falls under the wider #ThisTexan campaign for reframing the way … Continue reading Calling Texan Writers: #ThisTexan Essay Contest
By Zoya Zia On Wednesday, April 26, the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life will host an Open Mic Night at the University of Texas at Austin. The event aims to pass the mic to different voices and serve as a platform for students to discuss what it means to be a "Texan." Those who may … Continue reading Event Preview: #ThisTexan Open Mic Night
By Zoya Zia On March 5, individuals have the opportunity to attend a free workshop focused on "How to Be an Ally." For more information, view the Facebook event here and register on Eventbrite here. Learning about allyship is important now more than ever. The divisive rhetoric used by the ongoing administration has already led to alienation … Continue reading Event Preview: “How to be an Ally”
Story by Zoya Zia The Institute for Diversity & Civic Life is excited to welcome four new interns for the spring. These interns will work on projects to increase outreach in the community and meet the goals of IDCL. My name is Zoya Zia and I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at … Continue reading Q&A with the Spring Interns
By Zoya Zia On Wednesday, February 1, viewers tuned into an informative workshop aimed at empowering bystanders via Facebook Live. To learn about becoming an upstander, watch the recorded Facebook Live video below. You can also visit and download the toolkit here. https://www.facebook.com/diversityandciviclife/videos/1732009480448150/ Turning Bystanders into Upstanders is a research-based workshop that guides participants step-by-step … Continue reading Recap: Live Upstander Training
By Zoya Zia On Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27, religious studies scholars, academics, professors and students participated in a series of discussions about Religions Texas, a joint initiative by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life to “document and map … Continue reading Recap: Religions Texas Conference
We've launched our annual campaign and we need your support! You can donate here. This year, we're giving donors outward symbols to show their support. With every contribution of $40, we'll send you a 'This Texan' tee. Take a photo of yourself in the tee and post to social media with the hashtag #ThisTexan to … Continue reading Join Our Campaign to Build a More Inclusive Texas!
The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life enthusiastically announces the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors! Azra Siddiqi and Nancy Mims join five other Board members to make a slate of seven members. They will each serve a two-year term. “Azra and Nancy bring a wealth of expertise, insight, and talent … Continue reading IDCL Welcomes Two New Board Members
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A statement from our Director, Dr. Tiffany Puett: This week, many Americans are trying to make sense of an unsettling election. Analysts and pundits have many ideas on why and how this all played out-- among them, that many of Americans feel that they have been left out of the promises of the American Dream. At … Continue reading On the Recent Election: Standing Together to Build a More Inclusive Public Sphere