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Community Engagement

The University of Texas at Austin fulfills its core mission of serving the people of Texas as a catalyst for positive social change. DDCE works to accomplish this goal by leveraging the university’s intellectual resources to cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships that address significant issues in Texas communities. DDCE reaches beyond the campus walls and contributes to a synergy among community engagement initiatives that extend from the academic colleges, schools, and administrative units to community members and organizations. The resulting collaborative partnerships lead to dynamic community-university initiatives that promote equity, access and social justice.

The Austin Community Advisory Council is a local advisory group, meeting once a year, with the role of guiding DDCE in promoting excellence through educational initiatives and developing a comprehensive community engagement plan.

Community Engagement Center, located at 1009 E. 11 St. in Austin, promotes and coordinates services, learning opportunities and research for communities traditionally underserved by The University of Texas at Austin. The DDCE collaborates with Community Partners on projects that serve communities traditionally underserved by The University of Texas at Austin.

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has been promoting mental health in Texas since 1940. It advances mental wellness through grants for research and services across the state and educational programs and networks.

Indigenous Studies has e a global, comparative focus with a particular strength in the Americas. The program supports critical engagements around the languages, cultures, histories, and current struggles of indigenous peoples.

The Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement serves as The University of Texas at AutƟn’s central resource for those interested in volunteerism and service‐learning throughout the UT and Austn communites.

Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) includes a demonstration project that is fostering an engaged support network for Latino males in the Austin community and a research component that focuses on the experiences of Latino males in higher education.

Regional Foundation Library has served as a resource to connect those seeking grants with grant makers for 50 years.

Social Justice Institute is part of the Community Engagement Center. It brings together faculty, students, staff and community partners in collaboration around specific social-justice oriented projects and dialogues.

Texas Center for Education Policy promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research, analysis, and dissemination of information to impact the development of educational policy by bringing together university entities in partnership with local, state, national and international education communities.

Volunteers at The Project The Project is one of the largest community-university days of service nationwide, attracting approximately 2,000 student volunteers each year who work in a selected community in the Austin area. Texas Exes Care about The Project is a partnership between the Texas Exes and DDCE to extend community service work throughout the alumni network during the month of February when The Project, UT Austin’s largest day of service, has been traditionally held.

University Interscholastic League touches almost every community in Texas through its educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests.

UT Volunteers is a database of volunteer opportunities that will allow you to find the best fit service for you, based on your preferences.