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“I feel liberated because of factors I can change.” DEI session participant

Social Justice Conversation Series (SJCS)

In its third year, the Social Justice Conversation Series (SJCS) continued as the professional development for DDCE senior staff and unit directors in 2013 – 2014. Each monthly session began with a presentation within the theme of power and privilege in education and was followed by cohort group meetings. Readings included: Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks and selections from Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan Johnson. Discussion questions were provided to encourage discussion relating the readings to education, DDCE, and individual experiences.

The SJCS was implemented during the 2011 – 2012 academic year where staff members were guided by readings encouraging self-analysis and consideration of perspectives related to social justice topics. For the academic year 2012 – 2013, the DDCE senior staff and unit directors professional development meetings built upon the foundation established the previous year, as staff members were provided with readings drawn from current educational events and news, related to our DDCE strategic plan and within the following broad categories: Educational Equity, Recruitment/Retention, Campus Climate, and Legal. Meeting in new small cohort groups each year, staff members are encouraged to utilize a social justice lens to analyze and interpret the articles/issues.

The SJCS continues to be a model to our DDCE staff, university and community, as well as other divisions of diversity and institutions of higher education, that building awareness around social justice issues is a continual learning process and a professional development priority.

The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD)

Beginning in Fall 2008, the Diversity Education Institute began a collaborative consulting relationship with UTPD to enhance and innovate the required Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) Cultural Diversity course, required of all officers. A series of workshops have been conducted between 2009 – 2012.

Recent University Programs

Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

-Anti-Oppression Staff Development Series

College of Education

-Equity and Access in Higher Education, Department of Educational Administration

-Higher Education Law, Department of Educational Administration

-Minority Student Leadership Issues, Department of Educational Psychology

College of Liberal Arts

–Student Affairs Staff Development

Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

-Staff Leadership Retreat

Institute for Urban Policy and Research and Analysis (IUPRA)

-Staff Development

Intercollegiate Athletics

-Writing Center Tutors

International Office

-Study Abroad Office Staff Development Series

Queer Students Alliance (QSA)

-General Meeting

School of Architecture

-Principles of Physical Planning, Department of Community and Regional Planning

School of Social Work

-Social Justice Week