Fall 2016 Events
Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice
A My Brother's Keeper Forum
September 30, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We invite youth and practitioners to a community conversation to explore the unique challenges faced by Houston's young Latino men and successful approaches to improving positive outcomes.
Please RSVP to attend. See
flyer for this event.
#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Black Lives Matter
October 6, 2016
2:30 p.m. in N1099
This talk examines the impact of police brutality and state sanctioned violence on Black women. It argues that making Black women's and girls' lives safer must be a critical part of the Movement for Black Lives. And it considers the ways that Black women's activism and organizing has played a role in the Movement to date. Refreshments will be served.
"Latinx Students in Higher Educational Spaces"
Presented by Dr. Blanca E. Vega,
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the
Institute for Urban and Minority Education at
October 19, 2016
C100, CPS Building
CCRS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Dr. Crystal Belle, is hosting a an ongoing critical conversational series called Racial Literacies at UHD. This month’s forum will take place on
Wednesday October 19th, 2016 in C100 at 1:00pm. The objective of this series is to foster productive dialogue about race/racism and the unlearning of racial prejudice. Dr. Belle’s racial literacy paradigm promotes the idea that individuals can improve their understanding of institutional and everyday racism through adopting a set of racial literacies that help to:
- Identify how racism works within urban schools and communities
- Have constructive conversations about the impact of privilege and power upon institutions, families and communities
- Actively develop anti-racist agendas in order to improve educational teaching and learning settings
- Make clear connections among literacies, identities, social justice and urban education
October’s forum will address “Latinx Students in Higher Education Spaces
.” with a special guest appearance by Dr. Blanca Vega. Dr. Vega is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University. Her research centers on access to, persistence in and completion of postsecondary education by underserved populations. Dr. Vega’s work is informed by her interest in the role of race and racism in educational settings.
13th: A Documentary Screening and Discussion
November 7, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
In an effort to continually offer welcoming spaces for UHD faculty, students, staff and supporters to critically engage the systemic and racial oppression that undermine our pursuit of social justice, the UHD Center for Critical Race Studies proudly presents a screening of 13th (a documentary on the correlations of the 13th Amendment and mass incarceration). On Monday November 7th 2016 in A—300 at 2:30pm, the CCRS Fellows will host a public screening and panel discussion on the systemic criminalization and incarceration of African American men (and men of color) and its ongoing effect on marginalized communities. For this reason, the CCRS has invited guest panelist from throughout the city to facilitate a conversation on the intersection of race, gender and the criminal justice system.
Guest panelists include: Brandi Holms, Black Lives Matter—Houston; Secunda Joseph,
Black Lives Matter—Houston; Ashton Woods,
Black Lives Matter—Houston; Fran Watson,
GLBT Political Caucus; Cleo Browder, UHD Counseling Service. Refreshments will be served.
View poster (PDF)
Spring 2016 Events
Black History Month Events for Spring 2016
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Center for Critical Race Studies, The Cultural Enrichment Center, and The Center for Diversity & Inclusion are proud to sponsor the following events:
African American Read-In
Tuesday, February 2nd
12:00 – 1:30pm
Academic 3rd Floor Atrium (in front of the mural)
Center for Critical Race Studies Panel Discussion and Q&A -
"Black Lives __________"
Monday, February 8th
Poetry Reading / Q&A / Book Signing by Houston poet JONATHAN MOODY
Wednesday, February 10th
5:30 – 7:00pm
From Slavery and Jim Crow to Mass Incarceration: Black Prisoners/Ex-prisoners' Place in the Black Freedom Narrative
Thursday, February 18, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spoken Word - Open Mic
Monday, February 22nd
A-300 (White Oak)
Subramanian Shankar CCRS 2016 Scholar-in-Residence
Monday, February 15th
S1070 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cultural Journalism Workshop for student journalist, writers, and bloggers Co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities
N420 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Meeting with members of the Student Organizations (Asian/South Asian, African and Latino—American Students) Co-sponsored by the UHD NAACP Chapter, UHD LULAC and Stand Out!
Tuesday, February 16th
A711 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Faculty Development Seminar-Engaging Underprepared and Underrepresented Students
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet the Fellows of the Center for Critical Race Studies
Wednesday, February 17th
S1070 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Writer’s Workshop for Novelists, and Short-Story Writers Co-sponsored by the English Department.
A711 at 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Seminar- Engaging Underprepared and Underrepresented Students.
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Thursday, February 18th
A700 Interview Set from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Interview—Center for Critical Race Studies Interview Series
Robertson Auditorium from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series Lecture, Book Signing and Public Reception Co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Friday, February 19th
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CCRS N1042 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet with members of the Student Government/Leadership
GSB Milam Room at the University of Houston—Downtown
The Artistry of Social Change (Panel Discussion) Co-Sponsored by Voices Breaking Boundaries And the Center for Diversity Equity, and InclusionView Events Poster
West African Film Festival: Spotlight on Ghana
Friday, March 4, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Herstory: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation. Directed by Sally Nuamah, 2014, 50 minutes and Akgorkoli: Cause of Hogbetsotso. Directed by Franci Yushau Brown, 2015. Animated short, 11 minutes.
Presented by the Center for Critical Race Studies and Film Studies Program.
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