Diversity Dialogue Discussion Speakers Series

Purpose

The Diversity Dialogue Discussion Series will serve as a catalyst to engage the Lamar University campus (students, staff, faculty, administration officers) in discussions and dialogues surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, race, and social justice issues.

Vision

Lamar University students, staff, faculty, administration officers, and community member(s) will share their diverse stories, backgrounds and experiences, opening a dialogue with the Lamar and wider community.

The presentations will include (but are not limited to) scholarly research presentations, panel discussions, global travel/study abroad, spoken word poetry, published works, diverse issues in higher education, etc.

Emphasis

Education, Social, Cultural, and Civic Engagement.

2021 Diversity Dialogues

Dr. Jerry Nix

Dr. Vince Nix-First Generation Student Assessment and Program Evaluation

Date: November 9, 2021
Time:
11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual Presentation

Dr. Nix is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development-Education Leadership. He conducts mixed methods research situated in an organizational institutionalism framework that draws from diverse academic fields including anthropology, economics, education, management, leadership, political science, psychology, and sociology.


Great Promise GraphicDiversity Dialogue Panel Discussion - "Honoring the Past and Ensuring the Future: Celebrating and Embodying Native American Heritage"

Date: November 3, 2021
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation via Zoom (Register)

For this discussion, Lamar University welcomes panelists from Great Promise for American Indians, a nonprofit organization based in Austin, TX, which hosts the country's largest one-day powwow each year and whose mission is to preserve the traditions, heritage, and culture of Native Americans while supporting the health and education needs of their youth and families. Panelists will answer questions from students, faculty, and staff about their experiences and perspectives on Native American culture, heritage, and current issues.


Mary Alice Hass

Mary Alice Hass-Global Citizenship: A Lifelong Journey

Date: October 13, 2021
Time:
11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual Presentation

October is Global Diversity awareness month. Mary Alice Hass, Study Abroad Coordinator in the LU Office of International Education Services, will share her experiences and how she implements lessons learned in her everyday life.

Jhocelyn

Jhocelyn Alvarado- LU's Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives

Date: October 6, 2021
Time:
11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual Presentation

Please join Jhocelyn Avarado, Lamar University Enrollment Marketing Manager as she shares the journey of Lamar University in becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. She will share important updates and data. This event is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.

 

 


Dr. Mark MengerinkDr. Mark Mengerink - "Janusz Korczak: The King of Children"

Date: January 28, 2021
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation

In honor of International Holocaust Memorial Day, Dr. Mark Mengerink joins us from the Lamar University History Department to discuss the life and accomplishments of Janusz Korczak, a Polish Jewish educator, children's author, and public figure tragically killed in the Holocaust.

2020 Diversity Dialogues

Dr. Mustapha JourdiniDr. Mustapha Jourdini - “Global Diversity: What do International Students Bring to the U.S. and the World?”

Date: October 8, 2020
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation

Executive Director of the Lamar University Office of International Education and Services, Dr. Mustapha Jourdini, joins us to discuss the role and impact of international students as well as the many benefits of global diversity for the university, the U.S., and the world. 


 

April Marroquin

April Marroquin - "Let’s Talk About Being Latinx at LU"

Date: September 24, 2020
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation

Interim Associate Director of Recruitment and Minority Advocacy Enrollment Services, April Marroquin joins us to discuss the Latinx experience at Lamar University. 

 


 

Carolina Ramirez CardenasCarolina Ramirez Cardenas - "Young People For Inclusion and Dignity Through DACA"

Date: September 10, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation

Deputy Director of State Partnerships at Movement Voter Projects, Carolina Ramirez Cardenas discussed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the role of universities in the unique experiences of undocumented young people.


 

Ruth J Hearn StanleyRuth J Hearn Stanley - "How Culture Affects Communication: Seeing Through the Eyes of the Other"

Date: August 20, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation

Instructor Ruth J Hearn Stanley joined us from the College of Fine Arts and Communication to discuss communication across cultural divides. 


 

Trevion Wilson

Trevion Wilson - "The African American Experience at LU - Raise the Bar"

Date: August 13, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual Presentation

Lamar University Student Government Association President Trevion Wilson shares his experiences and perspective as an African American student at a predominantly white institution.


 

2020 Critical Courageous Conversations

REDtalks - "Our LU Story"

Panelists:
Victoria Lindsey, Lamar NAACP President
Sahar Shahzad, Cardinal Community Mentor
Caleb Love, SGA Senator for Education
Jasmine Patin, SGA Vice President
Date: September 16, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Setzer Student Center, Neches Room 120  

In the Fall 2020 installment of the Critical Courageous Conversations series, a panel of student leaders gathered to discuss their own Lamar experiences and the particular issues students of color face at the university, offering their perspectives on strategies for supporting one another and achieving success.

REDtalks - International Women's Day Panel

Panelists:
Dr. Margot Gage Witvliet, Assistant Professor of Social Epidemiology
Jenny Mutz, Academic Advisor
Date: March 8, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: Setzer Student Center, Neches Room 120  


In honor of International Women's Day, Lamar University hosted a Spring 20212 REDtalks Critical Courageous Conversation with host Reba Daniels and panelists Dr. Margot Gage Witvliet and Jenny Mutz to highlight diverse experiences of womanhood, dealing with societal pressures and addressing stereotypes.