Jie Wu, director of research management at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, will share findings from various diversity studies Feb. 19 at LSC-Kingwood.

Diversity is a popular topic in a variety of subjects such as politics, arts, education and life. To better understand this important matter, the Student Services Division at Lone Star College-Kingwood created its Diversity Series. This new program will feature a variety of diversity-related events throughout Spring 2019.

The first event of the semester, “Why Diversity and Place Matter,” will take place Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. Jie Wu, director of research management at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, will share key statistics, maps and interesting findings from various studies to help students advance their understanding of urban disparity issues.

“By attending this presentation, the audience will learn about how Houston has become the most diverse place in America, how its neighborhoods are increasingly economically polarized, and how segregation hurts social mobility,” Wu said.

The Diversity Series at LSC-Kingwood will moderate and generate thought-provoking conversations about different facets of this important topic as well as on other complicated issues. On April 4, Dr. Arash Javanbahkt will discuss mental health and guns, and later in the month, the Center for the Healing of Racism is scheduled for a presentation.

“In a world that seems so divided right now, the Diversity Series at the college is the perfect opportunity for our communities to understand the importance of inclusivity and unity,” said Kristen Johnson, director of Student Diversity and Equity. “We hope that the audience will take advantage of the many cultural experiences Houston has to offer and continue to build intercultural relationships.”

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