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                                                                                       Building a More Equitable Institution


                                                                                                  Thursday, Oct 26, 2023

                                                                                         11:00 am (CST)  - 4:00 pm (CST)


Description: Texas Christian University presents the 2023 Diversity Day Conference: Building a More Equitable Institution. The conference theme will discuss the need for institutions to engage deeply in investing equitable policies and practices to create a more just education system. Conference sessions will include: Abolition, Possibility, and Justice: Dreaming for Equity and Fighting for Change, Diversifying the Faculty and Staff Hiring, and Community Building in the Barrio: Young People Leading the Way after HB3979.







10:00 am – Tshirt Giveaway – While Supplies Last

12:00-1:00 p.m.- BREAK

1:00-2:00 p.m.--Session One - DeMarcus Jenkins 

2:00-3:00 p.m.-- Session Two - Lauren Rivera

3:00- 4:00 p.m.-- Session Three - Jacinto Ramos


Session One


Session Speaker - DeMarcus Jenkins

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Session Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Session Title - Abolition, Possibility, and Justice: Dreaming for Equity and Fighting for Change

Session Description: Demands for a new social order free from violence, harm, and racial inequality have resounded throughout this country for centuries. In the wake of several police killings of unarmed Black people, grassroots organizers have called for the abolition of the institutions that perpetuate terror on the lives of vulnerable people. In this session, Dr. DeMarcus Jenkins will offer a meditation on abolitionist praxis and center visions of possibility and progress for a better tomorrow.



Session Two


Session Speaker - Lauren Rivera

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Session Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session Title - Diversifying the Faculty and Staff Hiring

Session Description: Intercultural competence is essential to creating inclusive educational cultures that retain diverse students and employees. The challenge of retaining and hiring diverse faculty talent is critical for academic institutions. In this session, using best practices will be presented in assisting to address this issue.



Session Three


Session Speaker - Jacinto Ramos

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Session Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Session Title - Community Building in the Barrio: Young People Leading the Way after HB3979

Session Description: A My Brother's Keeper chapter in Ft Worth ISD decided to take a unique approach in creating a "Brave Space" for young people in response to the passing of HB3979 law. The law is having an impact on how teachers can teach the history of our country and the state of Texas. The chapter's MBK coaches decided to review some of the latest research to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. The results have been positive. The session will highlight some of the approaches used to educate the young boys about their heritage, pivot some efforts from the classroom to the barrio, and actively prepare the boys to counter the typical challenges leading to "cultural sidelining." One effort the boys brought to the forefront to push for positive social change was the arts. 

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