Diversity Lecture Series

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Mailing Address:
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement,
The University of Texas at Dallas,
800 W. Campbell Road, MP26,
Richardson, TX 75080

Physical Location:
Multipurpose Building (MP) 3.207,
Phone: (972) 883-4566
Fax: (972) 883-4565

News and Events


The Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives (DIDI) in collaboration with the Committee for Diversity and Equity, the Office of Human Resources Management, the Galerstein Women's Center, and the Multicultural Center host a series of diversity lectures and seminars. Such events are made available at least once a semester. The focus of the lecture series is to provide diversity information opportunities for faculty, students and staff. In addition, the series includes at least one major public lecture that presents the work of a prominent official, educator, researcher, author or artist whose efforts have had a significant impact upon diversity and/or equity.

The annual series, open to all on campus and in the community, invites eminent scholars, artists and professionals in many fields to the University of Texas at Dallas to exemplify and discuss how diversity leads to excellence. This year's special focus, inclusion, is a celebration of unique cultures.

Past Speakers

Dr. Raúl Rojas

Dr. Raúl Rojas , Assistant Professor and Director of the Bilingual Language Laboratory, is a faculty member in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Dr. Rojas has provided bilingual (Spanish-English) SLP services in multiple settings, including public schools and early intervention. Dr. Rojas' research focuses on child language from a longitudinal and processing perspective, specifically bilingual language development in typically developing and impaired children. Dr. Rojas is particularly interested in modeling the bilingual language growth of Spanish-speaking English Language Learners (ELLs) using longitudinal data, and in validating paradigms to index processing load and language learning skills in bilingual speakers.

Dr. Dachang Cong

Dr. Dachang Cong is Associate Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. In 1991, he earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in cultural anthropology. As a senior lecturer, he teaches courses on American cultures, Chinese/East Asian cultures, and globalization. He also teaches computer ethics for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. His current research focuses on how the shockwaves of global digital revolution have reshaped the economies and cultures of the US, China, and Japan. In addition, he studies Chinatowns in New York City and San Francisco.

Dr. Lynn Winstead Mabe

Dr. Lynn Winstead Mabe is a Senior Lecturer at UT Dallas in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies where she teaches the following classes: Interpersonal Communication, Crisis Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication in America, The Culture of Bullying in America and Professional Communication. She is also a consultant for several different law enforcement agencies and departments where she works on departmental and agency issues regarding interpersonal communication, crisis communication, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) and crisis management. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice working with law enforcement officers and their families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 20 years. She specializes in dealing with the specific and unique issues that can be a product of a career in law enforcement and the communication issues that arise, in both the personal and professional lives of police officers.