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Diversity Week: Living In Our Truth


Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life.

In the spirit of Texas State's values and mission, Student Government is hosting Diversity Week: Living in Our Truth, by collaborating and co-sponsoring events dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to come together in unity. Diversity Week will feature events designed to create awareness and appreciation of our diverse differences and celebrate the richness of our university community. 

All Events are Free and Open to the University Community


Diversity Week Official Events

Additional Diversity Week Events

Friday, October 25

Kick-off Event
Reception: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Program: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
LBJ Teaching Theater in LBJSC


Saturday, October 26


Chasing Slavery: The Persistence of Forced Labor in the SouthwestCenter for the Study of the Southwest
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Flowers Hall 230

Monday, October 28

Lunch and Learn: 1619 Project and Black History in America1619 Project Background
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
LBJSC 3-21.2

Las Cafeteras
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Evans Auditorium

The History and Culture of Fraternity & Sorority LifeFlyer
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | LBJSC 3-14.1

Ageism: It's Getting Old with Christopher JohnsonPhilosophy Dialogue Series
12:30 p.m. | Comal 116

Foster Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES) Informational SessionFACES
4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. | Nueces 201

Tuesday, October 29

The Asia Project
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
George's in LBJSC

The Invisible Knapsack: Unconscious Bias, Power, and Privilege with Linda Grace SolisPhilosophy Dialogue Series and @justicetalktxst
12:30 p.m. | Comal 116

Tau Talks: The Action of Gender with Chris HallPhilosophy Dialogue Series
5:00 p.m. | Comal 116

Faithful and LGBTFlyer
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | 510 N. Guadalupe

Wednesday, October 30

Intercultural Understanding Interactive Activity
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
George's in LBJSC

Drag Karaoke with Kristi Waters
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
George's in LBJSC

Tools for Humans: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Mitigating Our Unconscious Biases with Linda Grace SolisPhilosophy Dialogue Series and @justicetalktxst
4:30 p.m. | San Marcos Public Library

Pagan PanelFlyer
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | LBJ Mall (between Alkek and LBJSC)

Thursday, October 31

Film & Discussion: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
George's in LBJSC

Cultural Cooking Celebration: A Bobcat Bounty Event
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Family & Consumer Sciences 187

Friday, November 1

Culture Fest and International Quad Day #INTLQuadDay
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Quad and LBJ Mall (between Alkek and LBJSC)

Step Afrika!
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Evans Auditorium

Dia de Los Muertos
7 a.m. – 2 p.m. | The Quad

Saturday, November 2 Equality University
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | LBJ Ballroom in LBJSC



students interacting with lighted outdoor sculpture

Student Government deeply values people. Our university and culture are improved by individuals of various backgrounds and points of view working and adapting together, complimented by open discourse in an environment built on respect. We welcome, expect and encourage the continued pursuit of everything necessary to build an increasingly inclusive community.


Diversity Week at Texas State University celebrates one of a kind and varied cultures of our university. As a university whose student body reflects the diversity of the global community it serves, our university should fill in as a model for cultivating an open and inclusive campus climate that guarantees expansive access and opportunity for all members. Programs and events are created to advance cultural and diversity awareness, educate students on issues of cross-culturalism and inclusion, enrich the campus environment and enhance the sense of community.


When we acknowledge diversity, we incorporate ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation (identity & expression), ability, religion, country of origin and veteran's status. We additionally characterize diversity to incorporate individuals with a scope of philosophical and societal points of view, socio-economic backgrounds and cultural backgrounds.


Diversity Week: Living in Our Truth, will be held October 25 – November 2.

performers on dimly lit stage


Kick-Off Keynote: Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

COLETTE PIERCE BURNETTE, Ed.D is the president and chief executive officer of Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and the only historically black college and university. Last year she was named an Austin Fab Five by the Seedling Foundation and a Top 25 Woman in the nation in Higher Education by a leading higher education magazine, DIVERSE. Burnette has been honored with countless awards, including the United States Army Distinguished Civilian Volunteer Service Medal award, Thurgood Marshall Foundation Chief Information Officer of the Year award, Outstanding Student Advocate award, inductee into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame, Dayton Business Journal Chief Fiscal Officer of the Year award, and the National Diversity Council Glass Ceiling award. A few of her current local board memberships include the Mayor of Austin’s taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Greater Austin Black and Austin Area Chamber of Commerces.  Nationally, she serves on The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering advisory committee and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church board. Burnette is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, and Texnikoi Engineering Honorary. 

Las Cafeteras

From the Las Cafeteras website

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

Step Afrika!

From the Step Afrika! website

The Company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding. Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.

The Asia Project

From The Asia Project website

Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 600 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect.

Tell Them We Are Rising Film and Discussion

From the PBS - Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black College and Universities website

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.

Drag Karaoke with Kristi Waters

From San Antonio Express-News article Once a Texas school teacher moonlighting as a drag queen, her 'raw talent' is helping her stand out. 

Kristi Waters first "dabbled" with dressing like a woman when she performed in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Kristi Waters' interest in drag snowballed from there. The popular San Antonio entertainer has worked as a full-time drag queen for 14 years throughout Texas, New Mexico, Los Angeles and New York City. Even performing alongside drag queen superstars Shangela and Monique Heart. It's hard to imagine, but Waters wasn't always a busy drag queen businesswoman. Years ago, she used to be a 5th grade elementary school teacher in Corpus Christi.

Culture Fest and International Quad Day #INTLQuadDay

Culture Fest will welcome and introduce students to a variety of organizations in order to celebrate the contributions and diversity of our student body. Student organizations are invited to sign-up to host tables where they can promote their organization to the campus community with food, fun, music and more!

International Quad Day allows internationally-minded organizations to share their respective cultures through food, games, and activities. This is a come-and-go event, so stop by the various booths to get a taste of cultures around the world!”

Interested student organizations may register for a space in the quad or LBJ mall. 

Diversity Week is proudly sponsored by:

Office of the President

LBJ Student Center

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Office of the Provost

Office of Retention Management and Planning

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Involvement

Faculty Senate

Dean of Students Office

Texas State Athletics

Leadership Institute

Student Association for Campus Activities

University Police Department

International Student and Scholar Services