Yewande Austin to Speak at WTAMU

March 21, 2018

CONTACT:    Angela Allen, 806-651-8480,

Yewande Austin to Speak at WTAMU’s Social Justice Conference


CANYON, Texas—Independent artist Yewande Austin will be the keynote speaker for West Texas A&M University’s Social Justice Conference at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall. Her presentation will focus on “Engaging with Diverse Populations in the Community.”Yewande Austin

The presentation is sponsored by the WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Austin, an artist, activist and ambassador, has dedicated her life to confronting some of the world’s greatest socioeconomic challenges through her music and public appearances. She has achieved fame as a musical artist, but her work as an activist, award-winning lecturer and honorary U.S. Cultural Ambassador rank as her greatest achievements. She has been honored as a 2017 President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, a 2013, 2014 and 2017 CNN Award nominee and 2015 TED Speaker.

In addition to her music, Austin remains dedicated to empowering others through her humanitarian organization, Change Rocks Foundation. This group, which began as a one-woman movement, has led to the establishment of various socioeconomic empowerment programs through a combination of capacity building, education and the arts. To learn more about Austin and her efforts, visit

In addition to Austin's presentation, WTAMU's 2018 Social Justice Conference also will include a social justice panel discussion and sessions from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 29.

For more information about the Social Justice Conference, contact WTAMU Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Angela Allen at 806-651-8480, or visit

About West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2007 to enhance student education. The mission of the DLS is to invite persons of national prominence to the WTAMU campus in order to expose students to experts and well-known speakers. DLS-funded events are free and open to the public.




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