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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

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.

An acitivist committed to global transformative justice, Nyle brings his national experience and international lens to hi slocal work. He traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, to help build the Movement for Black Lives. Upon his return home, Nyle created 7 Last Words: Strange Fruit Speaks, a liturgy commemorating the last words of black people killed by police and vigilantes.

He also established Newark Books and Breakfast, a monthly program providing free books and breakfast to local youth and families. Most recently, Nyle traveled to Amsterdam as part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation's multinational effort to connect freedom struggle and challenge racialized violence.

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

Previous Events

Conversations on Diversity

Fall Quarter 2017

Overcoming Obstacles

Presenter: Mia St. John
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Mia St. John is a 5-time World and International Boxing Champion and first generation Mexican born in America. She founded the “El Saber Es Poder” Foundation to empower individuals suffering from mental illness, homelessness, addiction, and poverty by providing programs to better educate, inform and improve physical and mental health.

Santos Manuel Student Union

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



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

Living Voices Native Vision

Fall Quarter 2016

Living Voices Native Vision

Presenter: Rachae Thomas
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2016
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Highlighting the experiences of Native Americans in the 1930s and '40s.  It features a Navajo girl's exploration of her family's past while struggling to keep her culture in a government-run boarding school.  Her vision of becoming a modern healer in a changing world is brought to life as her community joins the U.S. in World War II.
Santos Manual Student Union Event Center
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

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