• 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 ...
    • Amanda Martinez Beck Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-12-02)
      This interview is with Amanda Martinez Beck, a fat liberation activist living in Marshall, TX. Amanda talks about the work that online activism involves, such as social media engagement, podcasting, and writing for various ...
    • 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 ...
    • Carrie Holley-Hurt Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-08-05)
      This interview is with Carrie Holley-Hurt, a seminarian studying at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Carrie tells the story of her history of activism and involvement, including her current work tracking and ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Kevin Ireland Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-07-28)
      This interview is with Kevin Ireland, a seminarian studying at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Kevin talks about his perceptions of gender growing up, including the media and family dynamics that shaped those ...
    • 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. ...
    • Mehlam Bhuriwala Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2021-09-27)
      This interview is with Mehlam Bhuriwala, an activist with experience in a variety of organizing settings and a former employee of IDCL. Mehlam tells his story of growing up in Texas as a Pakistani-American and part of the ...
    • 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 ...
    • Rafael Aguilar Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2021-06-16)
      This interview is with Rafael Aguilar, an Austin-based educator and activist. Rafael talks about their experience with the American education system as a child, which caused them to begin questioning the country’s systemic ...
    • Somboon Rattanawerapong Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life; Department of Religious Studies (2021-03-20)
      This interview is with Somboon, 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 Northern Thailand ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Wajiha Rizvi Interview 

      Institute for Diversity & Civic Life (2021-07-22)
      This interview is with Wajiha Rizvi, an attorney and writer living in Austin, TX. Wajiha tells the story of growing up in a small Shia community just getting its footing in the DFW area. She talks about the Partition of ...