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Education Equals Inclusion

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The College of Education faculty, staff and leaders are dedicated to the success of all of our students. We understand that to achieve success students need a variety of support throughout their academic careers in various aspects. As a college, we endorse professional development for faculty and staff focused on student retention, success, and the belief that education is fundamental to a democratic society. 

The Education = Inclusion initiative encompasses events hosted by each department and the college that focus on diversity, inclusion and the celebration of difference. Programming includes guest lecturers, book studies, faculty learning communities and workshops. Events are open to faculty and staff across campus unless noted otherwise.

If you would like to sponsor an event or have questions regarding an event, please contact your department chair. 

2018-2019 Events

Dr. Jared Russell

Brennan & Smith Lecture Series

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Flowers Hall 230

The Department of Health & Human Performance welcomed Dr. Jared Russell (Auburn University) to present several sessions on promoting diversity and inclusion in graduate and undergraduate programs.

Dr. Russell is nationally known for his scholarship and outreach efforts focusing on issues of diversity in higher education, graduate student socialization, and developing models for outreach efforts to improve the wellness of traditionally under-served populations. Dr. Russell has served as Director of Student Development in the College of Education and Presidential Fellow.

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DrumCats Demonstration at Innovation Week

Friday, September 28, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Sewell Park Pavilion

DrumCats is a research-based initiative that features innovative drumming on large exercise balls to music as part of the Drumtastic Ability Beats® program from Drums Alive, Inc. This an all-inclusive, comprehensive, multi-generational, culturally diverse Brain and Body program for all ages and abilities unlocks limitations and empowers participants to achieve healthy and happy lives through research-based fitness and wellness applications. Presented by Dr. Lyn Litchke.

Tomas Rivera Book Award

Tomás Rivera Book Award Winners Author Presentations

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | San Marcos High School

Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.

Each year, the award winners and children from local schools gather to share the meaning of these books. This year, winning books included All Around Us by Xelena Gonzálex, Illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia; The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez; and I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez.

We've Been Doing it Your Way Long Enough book cover

We've Been Doing It Your Way Long Enough

November 13, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Alkek Teaching Theater

"When we say—'We’ve been doing it your way long enough' we mean that school policy, pedagogy, and practice have been centered around Whiteness from the time of colonization and it’s long past time to do something about it."

This is a quote from authors Janice Baines, Carmen Tisdale, and Susi Long who spoke on campus. These three educators from South Carolina discussed culturally relevant pedagogy and shared examples from their classrooms and their new book, "We've Been Doing it Your Way Long Enough": Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom. The event was hosted by the Curriculum & Instruction Department and the College of Education.

Esteban Gast Diverse Stories Matter

Diverse Stories Matter: How Diverse Stories Shape Us On and Off Screen

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | ED 4008

Esteban Gast is an entertainer, educator, and entrepreneur. As a Colombian-American Puerto-Rico raised kid, Esteban didn’t see too many people that looked like him on screen when he was growing up. Worse, they represented all the negative parts of his culture - to a point that Esteban was ashamed to have the name Esteban. Now, as a television star, comedian, producer, and founder of a Hollywood Tech startup Esteban is focused on telling stories (and helping others tell stories) that matter. 

Social Justice Film Series: Say Her Name

2019 Social Justice Film & Speaker Series

February 18, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

The College of Education and its departments, in partnership with The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, The Center for the Study of the Southwest, and The Office of Equity & Inclusion welcomed the filmmakers of the documentary Say Her Name to campus. This film explores the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanging in her Texas jail cell three days after being arrested for a traffic violation. The filmmakers and Ms. Bland's sisters joined Texas State faculty and staff after the screening for a panel focusing on racial injustices.

Dr. Jonathan Rosa

LatinX Languages and Identities Beyond Borders

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. | LBJ Teaching Theater

Dr. Jonathan Rosa is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Standford University. In his work as a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist, Dr. Rosa examines the connections among youth socialization, raciolinguistic formations and structural inequity in education contexts. His book, Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race, takes a closer look at the racialization of language and its relationship to issues of power and national identity.

Latino/a Researchers and Books Panel

Latino/a Researchers and Books Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Alkek Library

The Spring 2019 Research Spotlight, hosted by the Alkek Library and co-sponsored by The College of Education and the CLAS Department was a Latino/a Researchers & Books Panel Discussion. Texas State faculty, including our own Dr. Melissa Martinez, were joined by colleagues from Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at San Antonio. Featured faculty presented their recent publications, including Dr. Martinez's Latino Education Leadership book.

Autism Camp

Autism Summer Camp

July 8-August 1, 2019 | Texas State University

The Autism Summer Camp provides children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) access to quality summer camp experiences, ensuring their safety and enjoyment while being sensitive to each child's unique abilities. Trained camp counselors incorporate therapeutic and educational goals into recreational activities and provide support,  nurturing interactions and instruction. Assisting campers through fun-filled experiences encourages development in important communication and socialization skills.

PEACE Camp attendees

Pre-Engineering Academic and Career Exploration Girls in Engineering, Math and Science Camp

Jully 15-20, 2019 | Texas State University

This camp, hosted by our LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, supports young middle school and high school women. During the camp, they learn about the engineering challenges of the 21st century and how they can help solve these problems.