Black & Latinx Theme Community

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Located in Blanco Hall, this Theme Community is for first-year students who are minoring in African American Studies or Latino/a Studies. It is also for first-year students who have an interest in learning more about these disciplines.

This theme community community provides a space for students to:

  • Engage in learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Develop a shared purpose of academic success.
  • Begin a journey of life-long learning.
  • Enact positive change through exploration and celebration of cultural heritage.
  • Commune with one another.

Students in the Black and Latinx Theme Community will enroll in the following classes as a cohort: 

Fall Semester

  • US 1100: University Seminar

Out of Class Connections

Students in the Black & Latinx Theme Community have opportunities to:

  • “How to Talk to our Professor” mentorship
  • Rec Center Tours
  • Community Cookouts
  • Mindfulness Sessions
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Dwonna Goldstone

Dwonna Goldstone

Dr. Dwonna Naomi Goldstone grew up in Moline, Illinois, (home of the John Deere Tractor) and received her B.A. in American Studies and a minor in African American Studies from the University of Iowa. After receiving her M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, Dr. Goldstone taught high school English in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she also coached 9th-grade girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ track. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in American Civilization, and her book—Integrating the Forty Acres: A Fifty-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas—won the Coral H. Tullis Memorial Prize for the best book on Texas history. Before arriving at Texas State in August 2019, Dr. Goldstone spent 18 years at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she taught English and coordinated their African American Studies minor. She is happy to be here with her three dogs—Lena Horne, Ernie Banks, and Ralph Ellison.


Phone: 512.245.2142

Open for 2024 - 2025