Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presents: Stacey Lannert

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion presented Stacey Lannert on March 4, 2015 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stacey Lannert was convicted for killing her father, the man who raped her for 18 years. Released in 2009, she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show,  Nancy Grace, 20/20, Larry King Live, Montel Williams and many other programs. In 2011, she published a book entitled “Redemption: A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom Behind Bars”.She also founded, a non-profit website that provides resources for victims of sexual abuse.

 During this powerful speech, Ms. Lannert described the hardships she faced adjusting to life outside of prison. She also spoke of the importance of using the correct terms to identify sexual assault to prevent miscommunication. She informed that audience that 1 in 4 women in America are reported as being victims of sexual assault. "Most women are scared and ashamed to tell anyone about being abused and believe that they are to blame", Ms. Lannert said. It is because of this notion that Ms. Lannert presented on recognizing the signs of a sexual assault victim and ways to effectively comfort them. She also explained that everyone will somehow have a connection to the issue of sexual assault, regardless of gender or socioeconomic class.

Through her presentation, Ms. Lannert highlighted the resources available on campus for students to combat sexual assault. Ms. Lannert explained that speaking to college students was important to her because most women who are raped are college-aged. The students that were in attendance at this event and were very interested in hearing more about what Ms. Lannert had to say during questioning.

If  you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at or 254-968-9488.

For counseling services, please contact Student Counseling at 254-968-9044.

“ When parts of you are hurting, may you not harm your whole self.” – Stacey Lannert

Monday, March 2, 2015

Women's History Showcase

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion partnered with the Tarleton American Association of University Women to host a Women’s History Showcase on March 2, 2015. The Showcase was held in Ballroom A of the Thompson Student Center from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The mission of this event was to bring awareness to the accomplishments of women all over the world in honor of Women’s History Month.

This event was attended by students, faculty, administrators and members of the Stephenville community. During the showcase, students were encouraged to interact with the volunteers who chose women they admired and portrayed them. The women represented in the live exhibitions included: Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Blackwell, Amelia Earhart, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Gloria Steinem, Rachel Carson, Marion Talbot, Madam C.J. Walker, Mother Teresa, Dolores Huerta, Oveta Culp Hobby, Marie Curie, Doris Day, Aphra Behn, Rosa Parks and Folorunsho Alakija. Students were able to be informed about over 50 women from history as they communicated with volunteers and obtained their autographs along the way. 


Many other women were also represented on posterboards where students were able to read about their accomplishments. These women were prioneers in the military, the entertainment industries, the civil rights movement, and the suffrage movement. They included cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, activist Malala Yousafzai, musician  Celia Cruz, Selena Quintanilla Perez, political leaders Queen Lili’uokalani, Dilma Rousseff, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, and political prisoners such as Aung San Suu Kyi.

Many students were unaware of the challenges faced by women throughout history and were very surprised by the stories of the women they met. One volunteer, Julie Meyer, exhibited  antique chemistry equipment as she explained her life as Marie Curie. Another volunteer, Elaine K. Smith, represented Oveta Culp Hobby in honor of her mother, who was a member of the Women’s Army Auxilary Corps. Many of these women had deep connections to women’s history and those who came to the showcase from the community were touched by their dedication.
In addition, students were able to participate in a matching game to test their knowledge of women’s history. A drawing was conducted after the event for the winner to receive a free ticket to a business etiquette dinner hosted by Career Services.

 If you have any questions about this event, feel free to contact the Tarleton AAUW at aauwtsu@gmail. com or the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at or

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Vagina Monologues

On February 13th and 14th, 2015, “ The Vagina Monologues” was directed by Prairie Endres-Parnell and performed by volunteers and members of the Tarleton Gay-Straight Alliance. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion co-sponsored this event.

The Vagina Monologues began as a play in New York City created by Eve Ensler in 1996. The play features accounts of rape, birth, sexual experiences, menstruation, orgasm, transexualism, and misconceptions about the vagina. This play inspired the creation of "V-Day", a movement to end violence against women.This year, the GSA incorporated a video showing the “One Billion Rising” movement, which was also started by Eve Ensler. This global dancing event  raises awareness of the United Nations statistic that 1 in 3 women (1 billion women globally) will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.  In addition, a Men’s Prayer was included in the beginning and performed as a pledge by men to restrain from violence against women.

Funds raised by the ticket sales as well as the items sold during the silent auction were donated to Cross Timber Family Services, which provides support to those who have been victims of violence. Over $400 was donated to help this organization.
More information about V day can be found at



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Soul Fest: An Exploration of Food, Music and Culture

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion presented “Soul Fest: An Exploration of Food, Music & Culture” on February 4th, 2015. This event was presented in honor of Black History Month.
Students were given the opportunity to learn about and taste traditional African-American foods such as collard greens, smothered pork chops, candied yams and black-eyed peas.
 Each food item was presented with a description of the history behind the food and its significance in African-American culture.Popular songs from the 1960s and 1970s were played during the event to celebrate the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s and Black Power Era of the early 1970s. During this time, many African American musicians, (such as James Brown) incorporated civil rights values into their songs, ultimately building a connection between music and politics.
In addition to music, quilts made from African cotton were on display. These quilts were made by   Peggy DeLavergne, President of the Town N' Country Quilt Guild Threads of Texas. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion was honored to host this event.

For more information about this event, please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at or
(254) 968-9488.

Monday, December 8, 2014

#Leaders4Diversity Conference

#Leaders4Diversity Conference
At this action packed conference we have the opportunity to hear from nearly a dozen speakers and presenters, giving their insights about diversity. It provides opportunities to learn about culture, how to respect diversity, and opportunities for each of us in our daily lives related to diversity to over one hundred participants. Upon arrival a goody back is provided and later in the day lunch is served. This is a day you don’t want to miss. To attend this event, a small fee and registration in advance is required.
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Business Building 176

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner
Join us in celebrating a movement that changed the lives of many. During this event we will have the opportunity to hear from Mr. Yannis Banks on the topic of activism as well as enjoy a formal dinner. Mr. Yannis Banks works for the Texas NAACP as their Legislative Liaison to advocate for the views of African American communities on issues like education, criminal justice, and more. He is also the co-host of two radio shows and two music shows. To participate in this event, please register in advance.

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: TSU Ballrooms
Register here:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hungry for Education School Supply Drive

In Texas, one in every 3.6 children (27.4%) lives in food-insecure households and may suffer from outright hunger. They have no idea where their next meal is coming from or even when they might be able to eat next. On any given day in Texas, there are over 79,000 people experiencing homelessness. It is without a doubt that hunger and homelessness are impacting our nation, but how are they impacting our youth? Living hungry and/or homeless is linked with poor academic achievements, school dropouts, physical change in the brain preventing ability to learn, chronic stress resulting in limited concentration and memory, and lack of support from communities.

Although we cannot alone change the status of these individuals, we can show our support of their education. While they are struggling to get their next meal or a place to stay, they may not have the funds to pay for what is necessary for schooling. Let us together show our support, help pay for their school supplies, and make a difference in the lives of others.

*(2014). Child hunger statistics. Tarrant Area Food Bank. Retrieved from

*(2014). Effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness on children and youth. American Psychological Association. Retrieved from