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  • Rabbi Betcher Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-03-18)
    This interview is with Rabbi-Cantor Marie Betcher, a female rabbi in Austin, Texas. Rabbi Betcher discusses her upbringing, growing up in Brooklyn, NY in an Italian family. She shares her multicultural background and the ...
  • Usama Malik Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-03-17)
    This interview is with Usama Malik, a Muslim Chaplain at Muslim Space in Austin, Texas. Usama shares the story of his upbringing in Round Rock, Texas, a community with few Muslims. He discusses the discrimination he faced ...
  • Miguel Robles Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-01-25)
  • Faiza Susan Interview 

    Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (2021-03-25)
    This interview is with Faiza Susan, an Ahmadi Muslim woman and aspiring counselor. Faiza talks about her experiences growing up in an insular minority community and the bigotry she was subjected to at a young age in North ...
  • María Del Carmen Unda Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2020-03-22)
    This interview is with María Del Carmen Unda, a doctoral student and community organizer in Austin, Texas. Maria was born and raised in California, later moving to Texas when she enrolled as a doctoral student at the ...
  • Shameem Azizad Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2019-04-20)
    This interview is with Shameem Azizad, a radiologist and a mother who lives in Austin, Texas. Shameem discusses navigating her faith from her childhood to adulthood and the potential challenges she sees her children face, ...
  • Somboon Rattanawerapong Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-03-20)
    This interview is with Somboon Rattanawerapong, who is a Buddhist monk in Arlington, Texas. He shares his story of growing up in Uttaradit, Thailand, working as an elephant trainer and later joining the Nanum temple in ...
  • Itzel Garcia Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-03-16)
    This interview is with Itzel Garcia, an indigenous Mexican-American who works in cultural education. Having grown up as part of a migrant family living in The Valley, Itzel speaks about how police brutality, alienation ...
  • Husaina Yusuf Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2020-03-02)
    This interview is with Husaina Yusuf, a young Muslim woman who was born in California and raised in Texas. In this interview, she discusses her upbringing in Houston, the cultural dynamics of her religious sect, and her ...
  • Roshnara Mustafa Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2019-04-15)
    This interview is with Roshnara Mustafa, an Indian Muslim who lives in Austin, Texas. Roshnara shares her story of growing up in Kerala, India and her exposure to different sects of Islam, including Sufism. Roshnara discusses ...
  • Qusay Hussein Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2019-04-24)
    This interview is with Qusay Hussein, an Iraqi former refugee who fled his native country to Jordan after losing his vision after a bomb blast detonation in Baghdad. After working with Doctors Without Borders in Jordan, ...
  • Marialena Cristerna Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2020-10-28)
    This interview is with Marialena Cristerna, who is a pastor in Eagle Pass, Texas. Marialena has been preaching to an Episcopalian congregation for 23 years between the border of Texas and Mexico. Her community outreach ...
  • Amanda Quraishi Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2018-09-20)
    This interview is with Amanda Quraishi, a Muslim convert and activist in Austin, Texas. Quraishi discusses her journey of converting to Islam and her story of becoming an activist within the community and beyond. She shares ...
  • Daryl Horton Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2020-12-15)
    This interview is with Daryl Horton, a minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Daryl discusses helping students sustain their faith and community through the pandemic and transitioning his congregation to church in this time. ...
  • Neil Thomas Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2020-10-05)
    This interview is Reverend Dr. Neil Thomas. Reverend Dr. Neil Thomas is a well known reverend who has served as a pastor in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX. Reverend Thomas is currently the pastor for ...
  • Billie Watts & Kerry Kirtley Interview 

    Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (2020-09-25)
    This interview is with Billie Watts and Kerry Kirtley, co-pastors of the Touchstone Community Church. Billie and Kirtley share their passion for creating an inclusive, justice-seeking community outside of their previous ...
  • Sarah Pearose Interview 

    Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (2021-02-27)
    This interview is with Sarah Pearose, an Afghan-American medical student living in San Antonio, where she grew up. Sarah comes from a family of medical professionals and attends University of Incarnate Word School of ...
  • Kristin Galle Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-10-19)
    This interview is with Kristin Galle, a professional interim minister who is ordained with the United Church of Christ. Kristin’s ambition is to help church leadership through transition periods and times of chaos. Kristin ...
  • Jake Maxwell Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-09-29)
    This interview is with Jake Maxwell, Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Jake is interested in contemplative or meditative practice within organized religion and uses that knowledge to run a progressive ...
  • Dan DeLeon Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-10-01)
    This interview is with Dan DeLeon, who serves Baptist congregations and has also been a youth minister for several years. Dan discusses growing in his theological beliefs and finally being a pastor at the Friends Congregational ...

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