Multicultural Center

Diversity Education Programs

The Diversity Education team is proud to present the Spring 2019 workshops.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, February 8 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Inclusive Leadership
Student Services Addition – SSA 14.265
Description: Explore managing diversity, inclusive leadership, and being a diverse conscious leader through collaboration, education and engagement. We aim to create an inclusive campus climate where everyone feels welcome, valued and respected.
Guest Speaker: Gregory Smith, M.A.,Vice President, the Center for American and International Law, Director, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration
Registration is Closed.

Understanding Islam
Friday, February 22 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Understanding Islam
Student Services Addition – SSA 14.265
This educational presentation will provide an overview of the Islam religion. Participants will gain basic knowledge about Islamic beliefs and practices. Seating is limited and registration is required.
Guest Speaker: Sheikh Arsalan Haque, Resident Scholar, Islamic Association of Collin County & Director, Taqwa SeminaryRegistration is Closed.

Social Media and Diversity

Friday, March 8 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Social Media and Diversity
Student Services Addition – SSA 14.265
Social media has become the place to share our lives, connect with others, and voice our opinions on various issues. But what about issues centered on diversity? Join us as we explore the complexities surrounding the intersection of social media and diversity.
Guest Speaker: Olivia Banner, Assistant Professor, Critical Media Studies from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
Registration is Closed.

Microaggressions

Friday, March 29 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Microaggressions
NEW LOCATION McDermott Library – MC 2.410
Microaggressions: everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Microaggressions reflect the active manifest of oppressive worldviews that create, foster, and enforce marginalization.” – Derald Wing Sue
Guest Speaker: Multicultural Center, Klarissa Perez
Registration is Closed.

Intercultural Communication

Tuesday, April 5 (During International Week) | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Intercultural Communication
Student Services Addition – SSA 14.265
Join us for an interactive presentation about Intercultural Communication. This presentation will explore how culture influences the way we communicate with others both verbally and nonverbally.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz, Senior Lecturer, Arts & Technology

Registration is Closed.

For more details, email the Diversity Education team at [email protected].

Speaker Biographies

Gregory Smith, M.A.+
Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith, M.A.
Vice President, the Center for American and International Law
Director, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration

As Vice President for Law Enforcement Education and Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA), Mr. Smith is responsible for the overall management, operations and curriculum development. He provides general oversight of the Schools of Leadership, Center for Law Enforcement Ethics and the Law Enforcement Technical Assistance Program. He assures program quality and organizational/educational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.

In the area of professional development, Mr. Smith has coauthored a book on diversity communication, Navigating Diversity: An Advocates Guide Through the Maze of Race, Gender, Religion and More. He is also a Qualified Administer of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I.), and a National Training Associate with the Insight Learning Foundation.
Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with Minors in Multi-Cultural Education and Military Science. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, (specializing in Social Psychology) from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Arsalan Haque+
Arsalan Haque

Arsalan Haque
Director of Taqwa Seminary, Resident Scholar of Islamic Association of Collin County

Sheikh Arsalan Haque grew up in College Station, Texas. In 2001, he graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. After working for a few years in Houston, he traveled to Damascus, where he spent two years learning the Arabic language. In 2007, he moved to Cairo to pursue a 5-year degree in Islamic Law at the prestigious al-Azhar University. He moved to the DFW metroplex in 2015, where he currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Association of Collin County.

Dr. Olivia Banner+
Dr. Olivia Banner

Dr. Olivia Banner
Assistant Professor, Critical Media Studies from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Olivia Banner works and teaches at the intersections of media, disability studies, and digital culture. Her latest book, Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017), uses critical disability, feminist, and race studies to examine how digital media transform narratives about health and illness.

Banner is a member of Medical Futures Lab, a group of scholars, artists, hackers, and physicians in Houston who are contemplating how to change medical education during this time of media transformation. She is also co-organizer of the Feminist Research Collective at the University of Texas at Dallas and co-Director of Social Practice and Community Engagement (SP&CE) Media. & Culture, Critical Media Studies

Specialization:
Popular Culture, Critical Theory, Media Studies, Intersectional Identities, Cultural Studies, Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Disability Studies, Labor Studies, Health and Medicine, Surveillance Studies, Science & Technology Studies

Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz+
Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz

Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz
Senior Lecturer, Arts & Technology
Areas of Specialization:

Leadership, culture, and higher education and how communications plays a factor in all of these areas. Melissa Hernandez-Katz is a Senior Lecturer for the school of Arts & Humanities and teaches courses in COMM. Prior to becoming a full time professor Melissa worked in various areas in higher education. She has worked as an admissions counselor, academic counselor, advisor, and assistant director for an advising office. All these experiences have allowed her to gain a better understanding of the student as a whole, which helps her in teaching her classes.

Melissa will complete her PhD in December of 2013 from the University of North Texas. She holds an MA in Communications from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a BA in Business from Texas Lutheran University. Her research interests include intercultural communications, leadership and communication, and how social media is changing how we communicate.