Conversations On Diversity

The University Diversity Committee began presenting its speaker series in spring 2005. Presented three times per year (fall, winter and spring quarters), the COD sub-committee strives to bring three renowned speakers to campus on a specific topic of diversity, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, women's issues, gender and sexual orientation.

The lectures are typically held in early afternoon on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. They are offered free and are open to the public. Professors are encouraged to bring an entire class and at their own discretion, may offer credit to students for attending.

The invited speaker gives a 50-minute presentation with another 30 minutes for question-and-answer period, lasting about 1.5 hours.

Below are the Conversations on Diversity lecture presenters for present and past dates.

Upcoming events

"Confronting the Use of Native American Mascots in the 21st Century"

Misperceptions of Native Americans become barriers, hindering their success in college and other domains. In this talk, Teters will share her experience with stereotypes as a Native American student, and how that experience propelled her into the national spotlight. She will also discuss her work as an activist, artist and educator for change.

November 12, 2019

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

SMSU Event Center

Previous Events

Conversations on Diversity

Winter Quarter 2019

"What Country Music Can Teach Us about Sex, Race, Class, and  Immigration in America"

Presenter: Dr.Nadine Hubbs
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Nadine Hubbs is a historian, theorist, musicologist, and professor of women's studies and music, and faculty affiliate in American culture, at the University of Michigan. In her scholarship and teaching, Hubbs uses listening to uncover the powerful workings of gender and sexuality, class, race and immigration. She has published many essays on classical, country, and pop music topics, including Morrissey, 1970s disco, and Radiohead, and two award-winning books; The Queer Composition of America's Sound, and most recently, Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music. 

Santos Manual Student Union Event Center

For more information or accommodations contact: Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-3103, diversity@csusb.edu

 

Conversations on Diversity

Winter Quarter 2019

"Race, Protest and Democracy"

Presenter: Nyle Fort
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2019
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Based in Newark, New Jersey, Nyle Fort received a bachelor's in English from Morehouse College and a master's in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminar. He has worked in the fields of education, criminal justice, and youth development for nearly a decade in various capacities.

Nyle is currently a Ph.D. student in Religion and African American studies at Princeton University.

Santos Manual Student Union Event Center

For more information or accommodations contact: Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138, diversity@csusb.edu

Conversations on Diversity

Spring Quarter 2018

Humanizing War: The Experiences of Soldiers and Civilians During Conflict

Presenter: Haider Newmani
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.

More info forthcoming.

Santos Manual Student Union Event Center

For more information or accommodations contact: Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138, diversity@csusb.edu

 

Conversations on Diversity

Winter Quarter 2018

The Movement

Presenter: Larry Jay Tish
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.

More info forthcoming.

Santos Manual Student Union Event Center

For more information or accommodations contact: Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138, diversity@csusb.edu

Surviving the Holocaust

Spring Quarter 2017

Surviving the Holocaust

Presenter: Dr. Edith Eger
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m.

A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Egar was just a young teenager in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known.  As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp, where her parents lost their lives.  In 1945 an American soldier noticed her moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies and he quickly brought her back from the brink of death.

After the war Edith moved to Czechoslovakia where she met the man she would marry.  In 1949 they moved to the United States,  She later received her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso.  She then pursued her doctoral internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Dr. Egar is a prolific author and a member of several professional associations.  She has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego.  She has appeared on numerous television programs including Oprah Winfrey and was the primary subject of a holocaust documentary that appeared on Dutch National Television.  

Santos Manuel Student Union

For more information or accommodations contact: Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138 or Mary Texeira at 909-537-5547, diversity@csusb.edu

Adding a Little Bit More Color to Your Rainbow

Winter Quarter 2017

Adding a Little Bit More Color to Your Rainbow

Presenter:  Dr. Jonathan Higgins
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Higgins received his Bachelors of Arts in Communications Studies from California State University, San Bernardino, his degree in the Master of Arts in Management in 2011 from the University of Redlands where he graduated top 3 of his cohort.  He also attained his Educational Doctorate of Justice from the University of Redlands in 2015, where he researched the experiences that queer men of color have in their first year of higher education.  

Dr. Higgins has worked closely with multiple LGBTQ and multicultural organizations like the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Networks of Los Angeles, California, Campus Pride and most recently, the Young Black Gay Men's Leadership Institute.  He has been named the National Black Justice Coalition's "100 Black Gay Emerging Leaders to Watch." Currently, he is working on publishing a chapter on the intersectional experiences of queer students of color in higher education. 

John M. Pfau Library, 5005

For more information or accommodations contact: Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138 or Mary Texeira at 909-537-5547, diversity@csusb.edu