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Texas A&M At Galveston’s Conference On Inclusion And Diversity In Higher Education Set For Sept. 12-13

September 3, 2018

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By Bob Wright, Texas A&M University at Galveston


  • The conference is headlined by Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio and Christian Picciolini
  • Registration is open

Enabling and facilitating constructive dialogue and interaction that enhances inclusion and diversity efforts in higher education is the goal of Texas A&M University at Galveston’s Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education. It is being held Wednesday, Sept. 12 and Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center in Galveston.

The keynote luncheon speaker on Wednesday is Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. On Thursday the keynote speaker will be Christian Picciolini, co-founder of Life After Hate and the host of MSNBC’s docu-series, “Breaking Hate.”

Margaret Salazar-Porzio will be a keynote speaker at the conference.
Margaret Salazar-Porzio will be a keynote speaker at the conference.

Margaret Salazar-Porzio began her career as a primary education teacher in Los Angeles where she received a Teacher of the Year award in 2004. She is now a Curator in the Division of Home and Community Life with interests and expertise in 20th century visual and material culture of the Western United States, Pacific Rim and Mexico; Race, Citizenship and National Identity in U.S. urban history; U.S. Latina/o History and Culture; Cultural Studies and 20th Century Cultural History in the U.S.; and K-20 Education. Dr. Salazar-Porzio worked with colleagues to document Latino(a) history and culture, and served as co-curator of the Many Voices One Nation exhibition that opened in 2017. She received a B.A. in Liberal Studies at California State University of Los Angeles and a M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Christian Picciolini will be a keynote speaker at the conference.
Christian Picciolini will be a keynote speaker at the conference.

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer, author, TEDx speaker, global peace advocate and a reformed extremist.  He was involved in, and eventually exited from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement. After leaving the hate movement, he earned a degree with honors in international relations and international business from DePaul University and dedicated his life to anti-hate efforts. He has been nominated for three regional Emmy Awards as executive producer and won an Emmy Award for directing and producing an anti-hate advertising campaign called “There is life after hate,” aimed at helping youth disengage from white-supremacist groups.

The conference is hosting more than 50 practitioners and scholars who will present research, offer workshops and engage in discussions about the best practices and challenges our institutions face in creating more equitable, inclusive and diverse campuses.

Conference sessions include such subjects as:

  • STEM/STEAM and diversity
  • Academic leadership, diversity and inclusion
  • Assessing diversity and inclusion programs
  • High impact practices and student success
  • Challenges facing international students, faculty and staff
  • Supporting and developing first-generation college students
  • Creating inclusive higher education environments, programs and curriculum
  • Expanding opportunities for educational access and success by traditionally underrepresented populations
  • Educating about and assessing cultural competencies
  • Initiative building strategies
  • Underrepresented populations in the sciences
  • Mentoring and underrepresented populations
  • University core curricula, diversity and inclusion
  • Civility and civil discourse in higher education.

The conference is also inviting papers and abstracts addressing these subjects as well as other topics.

For more information and registration details visit the conference website at or contact Carol Bunch Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Assistant Department Head of the Department of Liberal Studies at Texas A&M Galveston – 409-740-4425.

Media contact: Bob Wright, 409-740-4840,

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