• Brent Hampton Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-10-06)
      This interview is with Brent Hampton, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Brenham. Brent studied engineering and business in college, but was most interested in the history of religion courses, eventually leading him ...
    • Rene Slataper Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-10-16)
      This interview is with Rene Slataper, who is currently seeking a ministry license and ordination at Chicago Theological Seminary. He shares his upbringing in San Antonio, coming from a military town and navigating his ...
    • 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 ...
    • Joanna Crawford Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-10-20)
      This interview is with Reverend Joanna Crawford from Live Oak Unitarian Church. Joanna left a career in marketing and was interested in process theology, eventually running a liberal church in Cedar Park, an area in Austin ...
    • 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 ...
    • Aurelia Pratt Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2020-10-29)
      This interview is with Aurelia Pratt, a Chicana woman, and lead pastor to a progressive Baptist Church based in Austin, Texas. The vision of Pratt’s church focuses on decolonizing faith, justice, inclusion, and liberation. ...
    • Sharjeel Syed Interview 

      Institute of Diversity and Civic Life (2020-11-01)
      This interview is with Sharjeel Syed, a first-generation undocumented Pakistani Muslim-American, who is currently in his first year of residency in Chicago, Illinois. Sharjeel’s experience of growing up in San Antonio, ...
    • Lee Ann Bryce Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2020-11-18)
      This interview is with Lee Ann Bryce, who speaks to the liberating experience of coming out as lesbian and getting to live freely. Lee Ann attended seminary at Iliff School of Theology and became the youth director in an ...
    • 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. ...
    • Miguel Robles Interview 

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

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2021-01-26)
      This interview is with Miqdaad Bhuriwala, a current master’s student in urban planning and a member of the Dawoodi Bhora Muslim community. Miqdaad immigrated to America right after 9/11 and speaks to the experience of ...
    • Sarah Elsunni Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2021-02-14)
      This interview is with Sarah Elsunni, a Sudanese-American digital marketer living in San Antonio. Sarah was born and raised in Louisiana, where she attended Islamic School, fleeing to Texas after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. ...
    • 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 ...
    • Shadia Igram Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2021-03-15)
      This interview is with Shadia Igram, founding member and executive director of Muslim Space in Austin, TX. Shadia speaks about the challenges and blessings of leadership and community engagement during the pandemic. She ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Shuchita Chaitanya Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-04-22)
      This interview is with Brahmacharini Shuchita Chaitanya, a monk in training at the Chinmaya Mission of Austin. Shuchita tells the story of how her questions about happiness, balance, and goodness led her toward the path ...
    • Nabil Yazdani Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-05-14)
      The interview is with Nabil Yazdani, a member of the Austin Baháʼí community’s Spiritual Assembly. Nabil talks about growing up in Suriname and his experience of moving to the United States for college, then settling in ...