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WHAT UNITES US Panel Discussion

April 13 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, for a panel and book discussion on WHAT UNITES US by Dan Rather, one of the three books selected for the One Community, Three Books program. Panelists Tina Steiner, Tiffanie Harrison, Alicia Kae Miller, Carlos Salinas, and Steven Collis will discuss how the themes of Dan Rather’s book applies to their experiences in working with the community. We hope you can join us for this timely conversation around bridging divisions and repairing civility in our public discourse.

This program will take place in Meeting Room C or Zoom (hybrid).

Panelist Biographies

Tina Steiner is a native of Round Rock who graduated from Round Rock High School and is a 20+ year Round Rock ISD educator and 2019 Teacher of the Year. Tina holds two Masters in Education degrees and is working on her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership. Tina is a community leader who advocates for at-risk youth and her neighborhood, the Old Round Rock Plat “The Flats.” Tina is an avid volunteer for numerous organizations, is Community Liaison for the Heart of Round Rock Neighborhood Association, and a former city and county commissioner. Tina believes that community should matter to everyone, and she works hard to ensure that it does.

Tiffanie Harrison is an educator, equity leader, community organizer, entrepreneur, designer, and investor. Tiffanie spent 8 and a half years as a high school marketing teacher in Round Rock ISD and now serves as a RRISD Trustee and Board Vice President. Tiffanie is passionate about racial and educational equity and consults many institutions. Tiffanie holds a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Health, Performance and Recreation from Baylor University as well. Tiffanie desires to see MLK’s vision of the Beloved Community come to fruition and is happy to dedicate her life to making that a reality.

Alicia Kae Miller is a humanitarian, empathy activist, and founder of Empathy Uprise ℠, a social movement galvanizing humanity toward greater compassion and less hate. The mission of Empathy Uprise, to shift humanity from “me” to “we,” inspires leaders to become empathy activists in their lives and work. Through advocacy, inclusion, and positivity, Empathy Uprise utilizes speaking and seminar to shine a light on the dark parts of our lives and communities. 

Carlos Salinas is a former three-term (2005-2014) Round Rock City Council member and served a two-year term as Mayor Pro Tem from 2010 to 2012.  A resident of Round Rock since 1994 Carlos has served his community in a variety of leadership roles including board member roles in the Round Rock Health Clinic and its successor, the Lone Star Circle of Care, Board Chair for The Literacy Council of Williamson County, President of the El Amistad Club, Round Rock Independent School District Advisory Committees and has a long history of providing support to our local Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Steven T. Collis is a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the founding faculty director of the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and of the law school’s Law & Religion Clinic. He is the author of multiple books, including The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-Inspiring Rescue, which was recently named a finalist for the 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award—an honor given each year to the best book from independent and university presses.

About One Community, Three Books

The Round Rock Public Library and the Friends of the Library present One Community, Three Books—Round Rock Unites Through Reading, a community-wide reading program, March 21 through April 30, 2022. The goal of the program is to foster a community experience through reading, conversations, and programs.

Participants are invited to read at least one of three books: We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza; What Unites Us by Dan Rather; and Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a relief grant to Humanities Texas (Grant #2021-6382).* (2021)

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