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Erika Walker

As President and CEO of The Walker Thomas Group, Erika Walker has earned a stellar reputation for her engaging public speaking, experiential facilitation, meaningful coaching, and practical consulting. Erika also has an in-depth understanding of diversity and inclusive intelligence with a passion for addressing women’s issues in both business and society. Erika recently gave a timely and thorough presentation for our 16th Annual Renewable Energy Law Institute, Unconscious Bias and its Impact on the Legal Profession
Erika is a native Chicagoan with over 23 years of professional experience providing Human Resource consulting to a variety of small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, colleges/universities and municipalities. She is a professor at LATAM Business School, author of A Woman's Vault, and the creator of Wine, Women, and Woo along with various tools to close the gender gap for women.
Corporate Homie | Career. Lifestyle. Advice

Corporate Homie

The Corporate Homie Brand is hammering away and making major strides to show you how to step up your “A-Game” and develop your mantra of “PERFORMANCE with PURPOSE” through attainable coaching that will enhance your leadership abilities, team building skills, administrative development and quality of life outside the office.
Corporate Homie has the necessary business analysis, strategic thinking, visionary leadership and interpersonal skills that will yield results you have been searching for to gain the traction that is essential in the corporate world. Twins Demetra Liggins, frequent speaker for our Bankruptcy programs, and Bemetra Simmons are intuitive, trustworthy, creative, inspiring and motivating team players who are ready to chat it up with people who understand what it means to put vision into action—from activating everyday life skills to executing corporate decisions. 
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Katrina Grider

Katrina Grider is a seasoned UT Law CLE speaker for our Nonprofits, Labor and Employment Law, and Essential Employment Law Conferences. Grider has been recently appointed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as the Revolving Funds Program Associate Director for Curriculum, Training and Education.
Grider comes to the EEOC from the private sector, serving as Of Counsel in the Houston office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC. She is a nationally recognized trainer, and for the past 30 years, she has developed and conducted training for private and public sector employers, litigated employment law cases and counseled clients on a wide range of employment matters. Grider is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Grider earned a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She has been widely quoted in national and legal media outlets on various employment issues.
We'd like to share her recent presentation, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplacewhere Grider discusses the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in the workplace and why it matters for companies to manage cultural change. How do you have difficult conversations about race? How do companies address workplace harassment and discrimination?

The University of Texas at Austin

Black at U.T., and Beyond

Black at UT, and Beyond**

A student set out to document the experiences of his Black classmates on their predominantly white campus. These are some of their stories.
** NYTimes subscription may be required.
Dr. LaToya Smith Named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Dr. LaToya Smith named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Dr. LaToya Smith will lead the DDCE as the new Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement. Smith will replace Dr. Leonard N. Moore, the university’s second Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, who is leaving to take on a new initiative in the President’s Office to develop deeper and more productive partnerships between UT Austin and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA). 
Chasing More: Former UT Football Player Dedicates Career to Teaching of Black History

Chasing More: Former UT Football Player Dedicates Career to Teaching of Black History, Improvement of Educational Policy

Chase Moore was nearly failed by the education system. He not only persevered through it, he now seeks to transform it.
State of Black UT

State of Black UT

The State of Black UT is a three-day event hosted by the Black Studies Collective that will facilitate discussions and exploration of the work UT has done, is doing, and needs to do to create an inclusive campus. State of Black UT will centralize discussion and unify efforts being made to foster a supportive learning, teaching and working environment for the Black UT community.

Video Lectures

Still Hidden Figures Black Women in the Workplace

Still Hidden Figures: Black Women in the Workplace

Recordings from the 35th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights
Peniel Joseph Discusses Dual Biography on Malcolm X and MLK

Peniel Joseph Discusses Dual Biography on Malcolm X and MLK

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin caught up with Joseph, the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, during his book tour to learn more about the contrasting and, at times, overlapping political ideologies of Malcolm X and King—and how they both brought the sword and the shield to the fight for Black freedom and equality.


NAACP History: Carter G. Woodson

NAACP History: Carter G. Woodson

Known as the “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson holds an outstanding position in early 20th century American history. Woodson authored numerous scholarly books on the positive contributions of Blacks to the development of America. He also published many magazine articles analyzing the contributions and role of Black Americans. He reached out to schools and the general public through the establishment of several key organizations and founded Negro History Week (precursor to Black History Month). His message was that Blacks should be proud of their heritage and that other Americans should also understand it.
Civil Rights Attorney, Inclusion Expert Deborah Archer First Black Woman Elected ACLU President

Civil Rights Attorney, Inclusion Expert Deborah Archer First Black Woman Elected ACLU President

ACLU elects NYU law professor Deborah Archer as the organization’s first Black president in its 101-year history.
Library of Congress: Black History Month

Library of Congress: Black History Month

The Library of Congress offers guides that provide commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months. Explore their section highlighting documents, proclamations, and other resources regarding the importance of Black History Month.

Academic Courses

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

By James D. Anderson  |  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera

Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present.
From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement

From Freedom Rides to Ferguson:

Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement

By Bernard LaFayette, Jr.  |  Emory University via Coursera

The Modern Civil Rights Movement is a significant landmark in United States history. This movement was a struggle for human rights directly challenging the nation to extend its democratic principles to African Americans and all peoples. This course sheds light on the often overlooked strategic planning that supported the direction of the events and is told by a voice intimately involved in the organization of movement—Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.


Corporate Homie Podcast

Hosted by Demetra Liggins and Bemetra Simmons

Join Corporate Homie founders Demetra Liggins and Bemetra Simmons as they discuss topics and tips to help minorities succeed in the corporate workplace.

"The Pivot" Video Podcast

Hosted by T.J. Owens

The City of Austin Economic Development Department announces a new livestream video podcast intended to offer a virtual conversation space for East Austin residents and the community as a whole. The Pivot will be a biweekly livestream from the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility Facebook Page. The broadcast will also highlight the ways that local businesses, the creative community, and Austin culture can be collaborative. Each episode also features performances from local Austin musicians. 

Book Recommendations

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