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
*This post is part of our series analyzing the discourse on diversity in the election and election coverage. By Lauren Horn Griffin The frequency of the “I have black/Latino friends” argument and its continued use by politicians and pundits reveal a need to engage in a more sophisticated discussion of diversity, discrimination, and difference. Since the Iowa … Continue reading Iowa Caucus Coverage and the Friend Card
The Syrian refugee crisis and recent terrorist attacks have pushed the American public to delve into civic questions of who 'we' are and where we draw lines of inclusion and exclusion in our society. We've asked Meghan Horner, a longtime professional working in refugee resettlement and non-profit/NGO development, to write this guest post offering a perspective on … Continue reading The Work of Tolerance and Inclusion in a Period of Extremism
By Tiffany Puett First published at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffany-puett/texas-and-the-politics-of-exclusion_b_8594446.html Last Friday night, several armed terrorists coordinated attacks around the city of Paris that left 129 people dead. The terrorist group ISIS, or Daesh, has claimed responsibility. The day before the Paris attacks, suicide bombers with ISIS affiliation killed 43 people and wounded 239 more in Beirut. The attacks … Continue reading Texas and the Politics of Exclusion