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February 27th, 2009
Swain featured in program on social justice and diversity


The Texas State University Student Affairs Diversity Team will present “Why I Write,” a program on social justice and diversity, on Tuesday, March 3, at 7p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“Why I Write,” a poem written by Tim Swain, serves as an inspiration to promote awareness within the Texas State community on social injustice and diversity issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, sexism and gender violence.

Tim Swain is a graduate student with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at Texas State. He has been captivating audiences for years as a poet and performer. A native of Houston, he began writing at the age of five and competed in school talent shows and oratorical competitions. In high school, he began combining a unique blend of soulful crooning and rhythmic speech to create what he now calls Spoken Word Poetry.

Swain has competed in slam poetry competitions across the United States and has been the keynote speaker at dozens of educational conferences and church seminars, and has headlined venues in Mexico and Africa. His work also served as the inspiration for Why I Write, a national anti-bullying campaign in London.

He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Texas State and is coordinating curriculum for Congress KIDZ, an anti-bullying and character building educational initiative for underrepresented elementary students.

Other performers at the event will include inspirational dancers Mihaka, Korie and Rena, and the Gospel Expressions. For further information, contact Trevon Walker at (512) 245-2392.


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