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Dr. Audwin L. Anderson | Director

Dr. Audwin L. Anderson joined the faculty at Texas State in 1994. He received his BS (1981) and MA (1984) from Texas State. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1990. His scholarly publications include work on the experiences of African-American student-athletes, how genetically inherited disease effects family dynamics, and race and gender differences in jury selection. He has taught courses in the Sociology of Law, Sociological Theory, Multicultural Relations, and The Sociology of Medicine. He is past Chair of the Psycho-social Committee of the National Sickle Cell Disease Centers, and has served as Chair of the Committee on Minorities for the Mid-South Sociological Association. Dr. Anderson served for twelve years as Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Sociology at Texas State. As the Director of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies he manages a minor in Diversity Studies (graduate and undergraduate) and Women’s Studies (graduate and undergraduate) and co-curricular multicultural events, co-sponsorship of guest speakers and symposiums, and a resource area with a variety of multicultural titles. He chairs the Women and Gender Research Collaborative and is on the Board of Directors of the peer reviewed online Journal of Research on Women and Gender, both under the auspices of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. He leads professional development for faculty representing all of the colleges of the University with the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute that just completed its fifth year in May 2009.

Phone: (512) 245-2361

Mayra Mejia, M.Ed. | Administrative Assistant III

Administrative Assistant

Mayra Mejia serves as the office manager for the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. Prior to becoming a part of our Center, she served as an Administrative Assistant within the Division of Finance and Support Services. She earned her Master's of Education from Texas State University, and her passions include serving students, education, and working with numbers.

Dr. Emily J. Summers - Research Coordinator

Emily Summers

Dr. Emily Summers is an Associate Professor who joined the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in 2005. Her primary research interests are in the ethnographic examination of the contexts of education.  Her scholarship emphasizes issues of equity in education including studying children and youth cultures as well as the intersections of formal and informal cultures in constructing educative experiences.