Recent Submissions

  • Daniele Volfe Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-09-22)
    This interview is with Daniele Volfe, a Brazilian immigrant and immigration attorney in McKinney, Texas. Daniele describes coming to the US with her husband, a pastor, and her family’s process of getting settled in Texas. ...
  • Jennifer Kamara Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-08-05)
    This interview is with Jennifer Kamara, an engineer living in Houston, TX. Jennifer describes the various cultural and religious influences on her life, such as the countries she has lived in, the Christian traditions she ...
  • Barbra O. Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-08-02)
    This interview is with Barbra O., a master’s student in Milan, Italy who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Texas. She details navigating life as an immigrant child and the experiences that shaped her perception of community ...
  • Chas Moore Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-31)
    This interview is with Chas Moore, founder of the Austin Justice Coalition and anti-racist activist in Austin, TX. Chas shares his story of exposure to deaths and incarceration at a young age and how those traumas shaped ...
  • Stephanie Drenka Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-08-19)
    This interview is with Stephanie Drenka is a writer and non-profit founder living in Dallas, TX. Stephanie talks about her life as a transracial adoptee and her relationship with Korea and the Korean culture of her biological ...
  • Sola Akinola Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-08-04)
    This interview is with Sola Akinola, a musician and musical instructor in Grand Prairie, TX. Sola talks about his childhood as the son of Nigerian immigrants, describing a sense of alienation from both his peers and his ...
  • Ora Houston Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-04-06)
    This interview is with Ora Houston, a long-time civil servant and former city council member in Austin, TX. Ora describes the influences of her early life, like her mother’s social work, her education, experiencing Jim ...
  • Saagar Shaikh Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-08-10)
    This interview is with Saagar Shaikh, an actor living in Los Angeles, CA. Saagar talks about growing up as a Pakistani Muslim in Alief and San Antonio and describes the differences between those communities during his ...
  • Moureen Kaki Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-03-29)
    This interview is with Moureen Kaki, a Palestine solidarity activist with Jewish Voice for Peace in San Antonio, TX. Moureen describes her experiences of seeing the ills of settler-colonialism in Palestine first-hand, and ...
  • Emmad Mazhari Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-06-16)
    This interview is with Emmad Mazhari, a software designer and photographer living in Houston, TX. Emmad talks about his childhood in Pakistan and his move and adjustment to the United States. He talks about his relationships ...
  • Yasmeen Tizani Interview 

    Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2022-05-10)
    This interview is with Yasmeen Tizani, an architect and artist in Austin, TX. Tizani talks about growing up Muslim in Texas and shares the differences between her experiences of Islamic private school and Texas public ...
  • 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 ...

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