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  • Avery Wright Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-06-10)
    This interview is with Avery Wright, a theater educator living in San Marcos, TX. Avery talks about growing up in College Station and living cautiously as a young transgender man. He compares these experiences to his time ...
  • Jessica Pires-Jancose Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-04-11)
    This interview is with Jessica Pires-Jancose, an abortion rights organizer working for Avow Texas in Dallas, TX. Jessica talks about moving around a lot in their childhood and their impressions of the different places they ...
  • Alexia Leclerqc Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-04-06)
    This interview is with Alexia Leclerqc, an environmental justice activist working with PODER in Austin, TX. Alexia discusses moving around a lot in childhood and struggling with others’ lack of respect for her family’s ...
  • Tara Bonds Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-26)
    This interview is with Tara Bonds, an educator and librarian in Elgin, TX. Tara shares the story of a trip she took to Egypt with her grandmother after college, and how it opened her eyes to cultural diversity and intercultural ...
  • Amanda Veasy Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-02-18)
    This interview is with Amanda Veasy, co-founder of One Love Longview, a nonprofit resource center for unsheltered, uninsured, and underserved populations. Amanda talks about the rapid rise of her organization as a response ...
  • Latifah Hameen Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-12-22)
    This interview is with Latifah Hameen, a life/relationship coach and domestic violence awareness advocate in Sachse, TX. Latifah describes her education and family life growing up Catholic in Milwaukee, WI. She talks about ...
  • Shakeel Rashed Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2019-07-30)
    This interview is with Shakeel Rashed, an engineer and technology professional and a co-founder of Islamic Center of Lake Travis in Hudson Bend, TX. Shakeel shares about his upbringing in a Muslim-majority, religiously ...
  • Tina Byram Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-18)
    This interview is with Tina Byram, an advocate active in local politics in the extra-territorial jurisdiction of Hornsby Bend. Tina talks about her work advocating for underserved members of her community who do not have ...
  • Gregory Han Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-14)
    This interview is with Gregory Han, an educator and Presbyterian minister active in interreligious dialogue in Houston. Gregory shares his story of growing up biracial in a very White area and the experience of simultaneously ...
  • Victoria Ferrell-Ortiz Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-17)
    This interview is with Victoria Ferrell-Ortiz, an education and urban planning organizer in Dallas. Victoria describes the disconnect she saw at a young age between the resources available to the Mexican-American side of ...
  • Winnie Kibe 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-02-28)
    This interview is with Winnie Kibe, who is originally from Kenya, but now lives in North Texas with her family and will soon move to Boston for law school. Winnie speaks about her experience with racism in a small town in ...
  • Heather Malkawi Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-08-04)
    This interview is with Heather Malkawi, a seminarian studying at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Heather shares the story of her experiences living with and treating her epilepsy, including discerning the choice ...
  • Emily Nash Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-08-20)
    This interview is with Emily Nash, a case manager and aspiring social worker in Austin. Emily reflects on her upbringing, including growing up lower class and the influences that caused her to pursue social work as a career. ...
  • Rhyma Castillo Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-03-14)
    This interview is with Rhyma Castillo, a journalist whose work focuses on the systemic challenges that face underprivileged communities. Rhyma speaks about the path and social concerns that led her into the field of ...
  • Sharon Mathew Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-14)
    This interview is with Sharon Mathew, a medical student and aspiring reproductive healthcare provider in Clearwater, FL. Sharon talks about growing up as a first-generation American in a Malayali home, and how that affected ...
  • Jessica Disla Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-02-25)
    This interview is with Jessica Disla, a member of the IslamInSpanish community and an aspiring teacher. Jessica talks about growing up and family dynamics in a Dominican-American family in Dominican Republic and New York ...
  • Maesha Meto Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-02-22)
    This interview is with Maesha Meto, a public affairs grad student and activist in Austin, TX. Maesha talks about her childhood experiences as a young immigrant, such as learning English and feeling alienated from her peers. ...
  • Nura Bawab Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-01-18)
    This interview is with Nura Bawab, a Palestinian solidarity activist and student in Austin, TX. Nura describes growing up in a multicultural and multireligious household. She talks about experiencing the urge to assimilate ...
  • Jaime "Mujahid" Fletcher Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-01-25)
    This interview is with Jaime “Mujahid” Fletcher, founder of IslamInSpanish. Jaime shares about his youth, during which he was involved in gang activity in Alief then developed his value of education in Colombia. After his ...
  • Omar El-Halwagi Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-01-18)
    This interview is with Omar El-Halwagi, an employment discrimination lawyer in Houston, TX. Omar talks about growing up as a Muslim in the American south and discrimination he faced at a young age. He tells his story of ...

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