By Zoya Zia On a cool Wednesday evening in April, a diverse group of Texans gathered in the Asian Culture Room at the University of Texas at Austin to discuss what being a Texan means to them. One after another, they rose to the occasion and let a mic serve as a medium to share … Continue reading An Open Space: #ThisTexan Mic Night
With the end of Ramadan coming up, it is important to create an inclusive space for our Muslim co-workers and/or employees to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and observe the remaining days of the holy month with ease.
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”
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
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
In the wake of recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life extends our sympathy and compassion to all those who lost loved ones through these senseless acts of violence. We stand in solidarity with those who fear for their safety as a result of these attacks. We know … Continue reading After Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad
IDCL is launching a crowdfunding campaign! We want to raise $10K over the next month. This will make us eligible for a non-profit incubator program, which, in turn, will provide us with office space, administrative assistance, and community connections. And it will help us expand our research and educational programs and bring our work to a … Continue reading Help Us Grow!