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The LSC-CyFair Diversity Committee

The LSC-CyFair Diversity Committee

Mission

  • To acknowledge differences, to be sensitive to them, and to support them.
  • To promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for everyone of all backgrounds regardless of: race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, differing abilities, age, socio-economic status, or individual differences.
  • To commit to social justice and to social responsibility

Objectives

To offer educational and engaging opportunities which support people of different backgrounds and which increase awareness about the historical and current challenges that different people face. These opportunities may also feature the contributions that different people have made to our campus, to our community, and to our country.

Previous Events

Strategic centrality of Latinos to the future of the United States - and our corresponding responsibility to the nation

Fernando EspuelasFernando Espuelas is a journalist, media and tech entrepreneur, CEO, and political strategist. He is the Host & Producer of "The Fernando Espuelas Show" and "Destino 2020 con Fernando Espuelas" on Univision. Espuelas has hosted national TV and radio programs, and contributed to CBS News, CNN.com, C-SPAN, FoxNews Latino, France 24, Hearst Television & Radio, The Hill, The Huffington Post, iHeart, NPR News, MSNBC, La Opinión, Sky News, Spotify, Univision TV & Radio, and other platforms. One of the Internet's pioneers, Espuelas co-founded StarMedia Network, Inc. StarMedia led the way in the development of the Latin American Internet industry, including raising the first dollar of venture funding and first IPO for a Latin American Internet company. StarMedia was renowned for product innovations like the first free email service, first instant messaging system, first online TV network with CBS News, and other breakthrough mobile and broadband Internet services that impacted the lives of millions of people. CNN and Time magazine named Espuelas one of the “Leaders of the Millennium,” and he was designated an “All-Star” leader by Crain’s New York Business magazine. The World Economic Forum includes him among its "Global Leaders of Tomorrow," and he received Latin Trade Magazine’s Bravo award for CEO of the Year. PODER Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. The U.S. Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) included Espuelas in its HITEC 100, the list of "Most Influential Hispanics and Rising Stars in Information Technology." Espuelas was previously Co-Chairman of Mercury Public Affairs; CEO of American Latinos United; CEO of VOY, LLC; Managing Director of Marketing Communications at AT&T Americas; Latin American Regional Account Director at Ogilvy; Founder & Managing Director of Ogilvy Direct Argentina; and held positions at Wunderman and Lowe & Partners in New York. Espuelas co-founded and was Chairman of the StarMedia Foundation. With the Inter-American Development Bank and Microsoft, the StarMedia Foundation funded technology schools in Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (owner of PBS flagship station Thirteen), as well as on the Board of Trustees of Connecticut College. He served on the Board of Directors of Parent Revolution, a nonprofit public school advocacy group. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wesley School in Los Angeles. Espuelas received a B.A. in History with Distinction from Connecticut College.

Oct. 12, 2021
12:21 pm CST

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How Community Colleges Create a Lifeline for Students of Color

Russell ContrerasRussell Contreras is the Race and Justice reporter for Axios and the co-author of the Axios Latino newsletter. He covers race, ethnicity, immigration, politics, Latino issues, and the American Southwest. Before coming to Axios, Contreras was a member of the Race and Ethnicity Team for The Associated Press and worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe.Contreras is a descendant of Mexican American civil rights leaders in Houston. He's currently working on a book about President John F. Kennedy's last meeting with Mexican Americans. He is a graduate of the University of Houston (BA History and English) and Columbia University's School of the Arts where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. But he attended North Harris Community College (now Lone Star in 1993) after struggling his first semester.

Oct. 4, 2021
1:17 pm NOON CST

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The First Latina in Many Newsrooms: A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa

Maria HinojosaMaria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. As Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA , distributed by PRX, and Co-Host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Host: Jennifer Jenkins
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
3:06 pm CST

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A History of Anti-Asian American Racism in America and One Perspective on the Experiences of Some Immigrants in America

A History of Anti-Asian American Racism in America and One Perspective on the Experiences of Some Immigrants in AmericaJoin the conversation with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Associate Professor of History, and Fay Lee, Professor of Education.

Thursday, April 1 at 12:00 pm CST

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Fay Lee, Professor of Education at LSC-CyFairFay Lee, Professor of Education at LSC-CyFair:

- One Asian American Experience
- One Perspective of Asian Immigrants in America

Some tactics to use if you witness a hate crime.


Native Languages and Latinx: The Pew Research Center on Latino and Hispanic Identities

Jens Manuel KrogstadJens Manuel Krogstad is a senior writer and editor at Pew Research Center. He has authored or edited hundreds of studies on topics that include global migration, Latino public opinion, Hispanic demographic trends and U.S. border enforcement. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Krogstad spent nine years as a reporter at newspapers such as The Des Moines Register and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Host: Jennifer Jenkins
Tuesday, March 30
2:00 pm CST

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A Conversation with Justin Deabler

A Conversation with Justin DeablerThis virtual session with the author of the fictional novel "Lone Stars" will include a reading from the book followed by discussion, exploring various identities in the novel— including gender, immigration status, national origin, and sexual orientation. Deabler will also discuss the process of writing a fictional novel, while integrating elements from his personal life experience.

Co-Hosts: Jennifer Jenkins, Dan Mitsven, and LSC-Kingwood
Wednesday, February 10 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm

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Understanding (Trans)Gender in our Community

Understanding (Trans)Gender in our CommunityThe LSC-CyFair Diversity Committee and guests from Legacy Community Health discuss understanding gender and transgender in every day life and why it's important now. The following related materials are also available in PDF format: Gender Diversity 101, a Checklist to Support LGBTQ During Distance Learning, and FAQs About Transgender People.

Host: Joshua Estrada
Wednesday, January 27th
1:10 pm CST

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AP Reporter — Russell Contreras

Russell ContrerasA conversation with AP reporter Russell Contreras about race and history as they pertain to the Hispanic and the Latino/a communities, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Host: Jennifer Jenkins
Monday, October 12, 2020
2:21 pm CST

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HISD Superintendent — Dr. Grenita Lathan

Dr. Grenita LathanA conversation concerning minority students, education, and equity in HISD with HISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Grenita Lathan.
Hosts: Fay Lee and Joshua Estrada
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:03 pm CST

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UT Professor — Dr. Peniel Joseph

Dr. Peniel JosephA conversation on Black Lives Matter and voter suppression with Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
Host: Fay Lee
Wednesday, September 8, 2020
1:03 pm CST

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