by Indira Bridges As a border state, Texas sits front and center to the tragedy that is the refugee-migrant crisis currently impacting our nation. As the recent World Refugee Day reminded us, millions of people across the globe are enduring unprecedented amounts of suffering in their home nations, leaving them with no option but to … Continue reading Texas Diversity Digest: Humanizing the Migrant Crisis
By Indira Bridges Every June the LGBTQ+ community and its allies come together to partake in Pride Month, a time dedicated to uplifting and celebrating queer identities. Through all the festivities, gatherings and rallies, Pride constructs an identity-affirming space giving a voice and platform to the achievements, everyday struggles, and inequalities LGBTQ+ people in America … Continue reading Texas Diversity Digest: Following the State of LGBTQ+ Rights
We’re happy to announce the launch of a new oral history initiative– Muslim Voices in Texas-- a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Department of Religious Studies. Texas is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country, along with many national and global centers of contemporary Muslim thought. Muslim communities … Continue reading Muslim Voices in Texas
Next week marks the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In 2013, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 1501, which requires Texas public schools to commemorate September 11 with a moment of silence and statement to remember and reflect upon the lives lost. For adults, September 11 is a date … Continue reading Remembering Sept 11: A Curriculum Guide for Texas Public School Teachers
By Josephine Van Houten Since the 1780’s, America’s leaders have referred to the country as a ‘melting pot’ of different cultures, religions, and backgrounds. In a country as large as the United States, a shared identity is essential for a sense of unity, however, we should not ignore the religious and ethnic differences that … Continue reading Why We Shouldn’t Feed the Melting Pot
by Miguel Robles In recent years, immigration has been in the foreground of much debate in Texas, especially regarding the inclusion of undocumented immigrants in our society. Much of the political rhetoric about this population is driven by misunderstanding of who they are and how they participate in our society. Who Are Undocumented Immigrants? When thinking … Continue reading Debunking Misconceptions about Undocumented Immigrants
By Miguel Robles Growing up in the Texas public school system, students are taught what has become the “standard” history of the state. When asked to think of “Texas history,” figures like Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston and events like the Battle of the Alamo are typically what come to mind. While these narratives … Continue reading Texas Students are Underrepresented
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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