a one day diversity Conference

Invisible Wounds

Legacies of Survival and Resilience

Diversity Institute

  • Date: April 5th
  • Time: 9:30am
  • Location: Student Center South-Ballroom

Join us on Friday, April 5th for Diversity Institute - a one day diversity conference.

This year’s theme Invisible Wounds: Legacies of Survival and Resilience will explore a range of social issues and movements as they relate to intergenerational, personal, and societal trauma, and legacies of overcoming. Participants will identify the many ways people are shaped by invisible wounds such as sexual assault, the immigrant experience, racism, mental health challenges, and more.

Diversity Institute features a brunch with a keynote speaker, educational breakout sessions featuring a faculty/staff track and a student track along with a large group session.

Diversity Institute Registration

By attending Diversity Institute, participants will:

  1. Identify invisible wounds that leave lasting impacts on individuals and communities
  2. Recognize the importance of sharing stories as a way to validate the experiences of individuals and communities
  3. Increase participants and awareness of intergenerational, personal and societal trauma

2019 Diversity Institute Schedule

9:00am, Registration

10:00am – 11:30am, Brunch with Keynote Speaker Carmen Kingston - Regional General Manager, Vice President - Northeast - Sam's Club U.S.

Carmen Kingston

Carmen’s will speak on Invisible Wounds: An Immigrants Story of Sacrifice, Grit, and the Persistence to Succeed. Carmen was born in northern Mexico, a native of Torreon Coahuila. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 18. The beginning of her professional career started in the international segment of Walmart, which allowed her to later lead important projects in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Operation of Sam's Club for the Northeastern region of the United States. For the last three consecutive years, Carmen was among the top 100 most powerful women in Mexico.

11:45am – 12:50pm, Breakout Sessions

Faculty/Staff Sessions

Dr. McClain Sampson
Disrupting the Myth of Blissful Motherhood: Disparities in Mental Health

An overview of the prevalence of peripartum (during pregnancy and after) anxiety and depression rates and how those rates vary by socio-demographics. This breakout session will also include information about the vast disparities in maternal and infant mortality rates in the U.S. with a focus on rates in Houston. Solutions for decreasing disparities through behavioral health efforts and advocacy for system change will be discussed.

Student Center South – Space City Room

Panelist: Dr. Richard Baker, Dr. Nikki Coleman, Jessica Bellant
Moderator-Ashley Griffin
#Metoo Movement: The Stories of the Invisible

This session will speak to diverse experiences of sexual assault and the impact of trauma on communities whose voices aren’t often shared in the mainstream #MeToo movement. These communities are often invisible in the wider narrative of sexual trauma. In a movement with more awareness and voice recognition than ever, who among us remains silenced and invisible due to oppression, fear, or isolation?

Student Center South – Multipurpose Room East

Student Session

Anna Larsson, Umaima Memon, Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal
Building Body Positivity Resilience

In this workshop, participants will explore the concept of body positivity and how to resist cultural pressures that seek to craft how we feel and see each other’s bodies. Participants will also discover strategies to resist the “thin” ideal and build resilience to overcome challenges.

Student Center South – Astrodome Room

1:00pm – 1:50pm, Breakout Sessions

Faculty/Staff Sessions

Panelist: Dr. Richard Baker, Dr. Nikki Coleman, Jessica Bellant
Moderator-Ashley Griffin
Reconciliation: Providing Support and Understanding for Sexual Violence Survivors

Following the discussion of the #MeToo movement, this session will touch on how we as a caring community can work to provide support to individuals impacted by the coupled trauma of sexual violence and invisibility in the movement. Join this session to engage with leaders in the field to explore ideas and strategies on how to be active advocates for change in the response to survivors of sexual violence.

Student Center South – Multipurpose Room East

Carmen Kingston
Invisible Wounds: The Human Power of Inclusion

During this session you will hear an inspiring story of determination, passion for survival, and desire to succeed. Carmen, an immigrant leader, will share key human actions and connections from people whom she became in contact throughout her life, which shaped her career and future.

Student Center South – Astrodome Room

Student/Faculty and Staff Session

Leah McCoy and Dr. Morgan McCain
Coping with Racial Trauma Workshop

Have you felt, experienced or witnessed racial violence, harassment and/or institutional racism? Are you afraid of your surroundings or have concerns for your safety due to your race? Have you ever wondered how to support someone who has experienced racial violence and/or racism? Maybe you are uncertain of what constitutes racial violence, harassment and/or institutional racism. Then this is a workshop for you! Our Coping with Racial Trauma Workshop will create an opportunity to receive information, support, comfort, and empowerment that can assist you in understanding and coping with racially traumatic events. We will help you to define and identify signs of racial trauma as well as empower you with skills to cope or support others.

Student Center South – Space City Room

2:00pm – 3:30pm, Shared Group Session

Karen L. Jubert
Overcoming Invisible Wounds: A Hopeful Path towards Resiliency and Personal Well-Being

As we strive to have balance in our work and personal lives, the ability to function well at times of significant crisis or stress can be compromised. The purpose of this session will be to provide a sound understanding of how to create and sustain an active practice of cultivating resiliency to recover from challenging times as we care for ourselves and others. The session will incorporate self-reflection, active discussions and shared strategies for increasing resiliency and personal well-being.

Student Center South-Ballroom