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Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter

Multicultural Programs and Opportunities for the UHV Community

Celebrate Diversity Month

Celebrate Diversity Month

Celebrate Diversity Month

April is known as Celebrate Diversity Month, which was established in 2004 and is designated as a time to help diverse people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other. Throughout this month, you'll have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the diversity that surrounds you. Take time to recognize the diversity in your workplace, school, neighborhood or home. 

Student Life Events:

UHV Diversity Art Show
Submissions Open: Mon., April 12-Mon., April 19 | Art Show Reveal: Wed., April 19 | Enter on JagSync
Join our UHV Diversity Art Show by creating an art piece that represents your culture or identity. It can be any medium, such as a painting, drawing, or photography. Please also submit a short description of your art piece, explaining how it represents you. Those who submit an art piece will receive a free MAC T-shirt! Submissions are due on Mon., April 19, and the Diversity Art Show will be sent on Wed., April 21. To submit an art piece, please fill out our UHV Diversity Art Show Submission Form

LGBT Day of Silence Challenge
Fri., April 23 | 6 p.m. | Instagram 
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country--and the world-- take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harrassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. On Day of Silence, make a post on either your Instagram page or story showing your support for the movement. Either post a photo of yourself with your mouth covered or a short video of you in complete silence. Be sure to use the hashtag #DayofSilence and tag @DiversityUHV. Those who enter will be put into a drawing for a free gift.

After taking a vow of silence all day, break the silence by joining GLSEN National online at 6 p.m. CST for the virtual Breaking the Silence Rally on their Instagram page!

RISE Diversity Conference
Sat., April 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
The Department of Student Life hosts their first RISE Diversity Conference. This day-long conference allows students to learn new skills, make new connections, and assists them in creating supportive and affirming spaces for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals to thrive. The conference provides engaging workshops and programs aimed at increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Improvement in these areas enhances students’ ability to effectively engage and work with diverse populations.

The conference is available to area high school seniors as well as Victoria College and UH system students. It is free for participants and a free conference T-shirt and notebook will be provided for all attendees. To register for the conference, please RSVP on JagSync. Registration will close on Wed., April 21 at 5 p.m.

Lesbian Visibility Day
Mon., April 26 | 2-4 p.m. | University Commons Lobby 
This event will be our official kickoff for this year's UHV Pride Week! Join us for free giveaways and pocket schedules for the week. We will have free lesbian pride flags and more while supplies last.

Brave Space Series: Embrace Your Identity 
Tues., April 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join our panelists as we discuss the importance of embracing your identity and feeling comfortable with the skin you're in. 

Queen for a Night 
Wed., April 28 | 8-10 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Our annual drag night event goes virtual. Join our host, the legendary Kristi Waters, who will lead a group of queens in lip-syncing performances. The queens will also join us for a special Q&A after the show to answer questions about the art of drag.

Jaguar Ally Training 
Thurs., April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Support the LGBTQ+ community by becoming a Jaguar Ally! Learn about LGBTQ+ history, terminology, and more. UHV students will receive a free rainbow cord for graduation, and faculty and staff members will receive a Safe Zone placard to display in their work space. 

Pride Week Bingo
Fri., April 30 | 8-10 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
We end Pride Week with a fun game of bingo! Each round will have a winner, and we'll have lots of fun prizes! 

Quote of the Month:
"Culture does not make people. People make culture."
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


UHV Culture Check
Share your thoughts! The UHV Culture Check will be open throughout April so you can share your thoughts on your own campus experiences based on your unique perspectives. It's a short 7 questions so leaders can hear from you in your own words!

Library Fundraising Events
The UHV Library Fund for Diversity Resources helps support the purchase of works that represent authors and experiences to support diversity, equity, and social justice education. The Task Force is currently pulling research for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May) and PRIDE month this summer. Any faculty or staff member can also add your own recommendations

CommUNITY Book Club (weekly virtual event)
The commUNITY Book Club will feature "Hidden Figures" Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. starting on April 6. Be sure to register for free with the United Way to participate. Don't have time to read the book yet? You can still watch the film and participate in the weekly discussions. 

International Festival
Fri., April 16 | 3-5 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Enjoy music, dance and fashion from different countries by attending the Virtual Annual UHV International Festival. Join the celebration on Microsoft Teams. The event is hosted by UHV International Programs, students, and staff. Come join us as our international students show you how to cook traditional food and share their experiences. 

Diversity & Race Task Force: Strategic Plan Town Hall
Tues., April 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Featuring opening remarks by President Glenn and Provost Glenn. Check your UHV Outlook for the calendar event invitation. 

Latino Faculty & Staff Association - April Meeting
Thurs., April 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join us as we discuss upcoming events and give an update on the DACA/Dreamers initiative. Our guest speaker, Hugo Mojica, joins this month's meeting. Hugo was born in Nicaragua and raised near north Houston. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School (renamed Northside High School) in the top 5% of his class. Through hard work and perseverance, Hugo became the first in his family to graduate from college earning a Bachlor of Science in Political Science from the University of Houston. He also earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Master of Arts from the University of Miami. He holds leadership roles in LULAC, Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club, Parents for Public Schools, and the Texas Hispanic Council on Aging.


Asian Americans: Facing Hate, Fighting for Justice, and Shaping the American Story
Thurs., April 8 | 3 p.m. CST | Virtual Event | Registration: Sliding scale $5-$25
A conversation with Renee Tajima-Pena and Helen Zia. In this SpeakOut webinar, two outspoken, activist Asian Americans speak their minds about anti-Asian racism and misogyny in the current climate of hate--and how they seek to build multiracial, multicultural unity to address white supremacy and sexism. Renee Tajima-Pena is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on immigrant communities, race, gender, and social justice. Helen Zia is a noted author and activist on social justice issues ranging from civil rights and gender equality to countering homophobia and hate violence. 

Developing Cultural Literacy through Dialogue
Wed., April 14 | 10:30 a.m.-Noon | Virtual Event | Registration: Free
Hosted by the Chartered College of Teaching, join the conversation on teaching primary children to be tolerent empathetic and inclusive through talking together. DIALLS is a three-year project which has focused on teaching children the dialogue skills needed to engage together using tolerant, empathetic and inclusive behaviors - which we see as central dispositions to becoming culturally literate. Dr. Fiona Maine, Senior Lecturer in Literacy Education, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and Dr. Victoria Cook, Research Associate, DIALLS, will introduce the project and its goals and most importantly share the resources available. 

Time For Equality
Thurs., April 22 | 7 p.m. CST | Virtual Event | Registration: Free 
The Human Rights Campaign is proud to announce Time For Equality, an online experience which will bring together members and supporters of equality from across the country to engage with HRC in their work. 

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For questions regarding the Diversity and Inclusion newsletter, or information
within, contact Freddie Cantu at 361-485-4474.