Message from Dr. Vincent
I am both honored and excited to serve as vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Our division embraces and encourages diversity in all its forms. We strive for an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and robust learning environment. A free exchange of ideas requires mutual respect and consideration for our differences.
It is important to think of diversity not as a path toward uniformity, but as a way to acknowledge and value everyone’s varied experiences. This is especially vital in the increasingly multicultural state of Texas and global marketplace. All students, regardless of their backgrounds, benefit from a diverse learning environment.
Read the whole message.
About Dr. Vincent
In 2006, President William Powers Jr. promoted Dr. Gregory J. Vincent to Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the School of Law and the Department of Higher Education. Dr. Vincent also serves as the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership. Read Dr. Vincent's complete biography.
The Vice President’s Fund for Excellence
The Vice President’s Fund for Excellence is part of an ongoing effort dedicated to securing gifts from a base of supporters who are committed to providing unrestricted annual gifts to the division. These funds make it possible for DDCE to sustain successful programs and initiatives and pursue new opportunities that allow us to continue as a model for excellence and innovation in higher education. Program and initiative beneficiaries of funds in 2011-12 included the Intellectual Entrepreneur Consortium, the Gateway Scholars STEM Initiative, Project MALES and the Community Engagement Incubator.
- Community Engagement, directed by Dr. Vincent
Since its founding in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin has had a rich history of community engagement and service, with service as a key component of its mission. With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, the university is building on its foundation of engagement in new ways.
- Academic Diversity Initiatives & Student Engagement, directed by Dr. Leonard Moore
The Academic Diversity Initiatives and Pre-College Youth Development group focuses on building a pipeline to college for underrepresented, low-income, and first generation K-16 students; assisting with the recruitment, retention, and graduation of these students; and encouraging undergraduates to attend graduate or professional school.
- Equity and Access, directed by Dr. Jennifer Maedgen
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) is committed to advancing a learning and working environment that is equitable and accessible to all individuals. Of paramount importance to this work are our units and staff dedicated to disability services and the Office of Institutional Equity. Based in the philosophy that all individuals should be assured equal access and opportunity, these areas and units are committed to serving the university in fulfilling the intent and spirit of equal opportunity laws as well as fostering awareness within the University community.
- Strategic Initiatives, directed by Dr. Sherri L. Sanders
Strategic Initiatives (SI) provides leadership for the advancement of an equitable campus culture by engaging in and facilitating campus diversity planning and division-wide strategic planning and assessment. SI staff members also collaborate closely with the leadership of the UT Charter School System, including the UT Elementary School and the UT Charter School in facilitating initiatives that advance the vision and mission of both schools. SI partners with the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs on efforts related to advancing faculty recruitment and retention, gender equity, and mentoring. The SI toolkits for Faculty Search and Recruitment and Faculty Retention play a key role in this partnership. In addition, SI leads faculty, assistant instructors, and teaching assistants in discussions about strategies for creating and sustaining an inclusive classroom climate through the Inclusive Classrooms - Leadership Certificate Seminar for Excellence in Teaching. Throughout its areas of responsibility, SI actively partners across the university with academic deans, department chairs, faculty, students, and administrators to further the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s mission.
Staff and Advisory Council
The DDCE team spans dozens of units, organizations and partnerships. View the profiles of our key staff.
We have an active advisory council of amazing, engaged UT community members. View the profiles of our advisory council.
We also have many local partners on our Austin Community Advisory Council. View the members and read the report from our last meeting.
Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building 12
1 University Station, G1050
Austin, TX 78712
DDCE Communications Office
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