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After A Hurricane Hits

On November 18, 2020, Hurricane Iota ravaged San Andres, Colombia, home to the Raizal community. Host Larry Payne talks with Diana Caicedo and Brittney Sandoval, both members of the Raizal diaspora in Houston about the effects of the Hurricane and how members of the diaspora in Houston and beyond have mobilized to serve their friends, family and community in San Andres.


Helpful Links:

University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies

San Andres and Old Providence Indigenous Raizal Diaspora Facebook Page

Iglesia Bautista Melrose Facebook Page

University of Houston Creative Writing Program

Education and Our Future

Larry Payne sits down with Paul Beck, President of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, to talk about the importance of education, mentorship and professional development.

They discuss Cristo Rey's unique work-study model that allows students to gain critical skills in a professional business setting and the budding partnership with the University of St. Thomas. The partnership allows students to carry the work study experience through to the college setting by way of the Rising Stars program.

Helpful Links:

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston

UST Rising Stars Program

First African-American Cardinal

Larry Payne sits down with Herb Johnson, Director, Security Management Institute, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former Executive Director, Catholic Interracial Council of New York, to discuss the elevation of Wilton Cardinal D. Gregory, the first African-American cardinal, the black experience in the Catholic Church and signs of hope for the future.


Helpful Links:

Wilton Cardinal D. Gregory

The Doctrine of Discovery

The National Black Catholic Congress

Catholic News Service: "Black Catholics rejoice with elevation of first African American cardinal"

Opening Your Heart

Larry Payne sits down with Amy Auzenne, Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Formation at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, TX, to discuss the USCCB document Open Wide Our Hearts and talk about how her suburban community at St. Ignatius is opening themselves to encounter - learning to see, hear and love their neighbor.

The Role of a University

In the inaugural episode, Larry Payne converses with Dr. Richard Ludwick about the role a University plays in building a just society and how UST is working to meet the needs of the community while addressing the inequities that exist in society.

Houston – Model for US

Houston is a microcosm of the demographic shifts that are occurring across America. Larry Payne talks with Dr. Stephen Klineberg on what steps we must take as a community and as a society to successfully navigate Houston and America into the future.


Helpful Links:

Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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