DDCE Calls for Volunteers

DDCE Call for Volunteers

Be a part of the one largest single-day service projects in Texas!
UT's annual Day of Service event is designed by students to benefit the many Austin neighborhoods surrounding the campus. The Volunteer and Service Learning Center requests as many volunteers as possible to make the Project 2008 successful. Partnering with Keep Austin Beautiful since 1999, students, faculty, and staff spend the day together, working on improving a selected site of the one day event, usually a local elementary school or community center. Learn More »

Summer Institute for the Gifted
Open House

Volunteers are needed for an open house for the Summer Institute for the Gifted and Talented. The open house will take place on Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m. to noon in Garrison 0.102. Learn More »

 faculty spotlight: Dr. Shannon Speed

Shannon Speed
Dr. Shannon Speed

New Indigenous Studies Initiatives Looking to Fill the Gap Dr. Shannon Speed, an assistant professor of anthropology and a faculty fellow in the Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement (TICE), coordinates the recently created Indigenous Studies Initiative. Currently, University of Texas at Austin does not offer an indigenous studies program, making it difficult to recruit students and faculty interested in the field. “The perception is that there is nothing for them here,” says Dr. Speed. For those students and faculty on campus who do work in this area, there have been few opportunities to share research and discuss issues related to indigenous studies. Learn More »

In This Issue

Message from Dr. Vincent

News Briefs

» Prominent East Austin Alumni receive Community Leadership Award
» MLK Statue on Campus: A Historical Perspective
» Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium featured in Austin American-Statesman
» Associate Vice President Nelson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
» SPURS Program Receives Donation

Spotlight Events

Abriendo Brecha Conference

Calendar

Welcome
Dr. Gregory Vincent

Dear Colleagues,

With your valuable support and participation, 2007 will be remembered as a time of remarkable change and growth for the division. As we begin the new year, there is some exciting news on the forefront that I would like to share with you.

• We are pleased to announce that our redesigned website will be launched on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. In addition, The Chronicle of Higher Education will spotlight the DDCE in the “Campus Viewpoints” portion of its website later this week. This section features information about universities that have innovative programs to share with other institutions of higher education and that are committed to making their surrounding communities better places to live. The release of the Chronicle’s articles will coincide with the unveiling of the newly designed DDCE website.

• The Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement will host Abriendo Brecha V: Activist Scholarship at the Tejas Global Crossroads on February 21-23. The keynote address will feature Dr. Joy James, John B. and John T. McCoy Presidential Professor of Africana Studies and Professor in Political Science, speaking on "Radical subjects or academic activists?" Complete information will be available on our website in a few days.

• Pre-College Youth Development and Student Diversity Initiatives is breaking new ground in its programs, with efforts such as a collaborative student leadership retreat between the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) and Multicultural Information Canter (MIC), as well as a recently announced grant for the Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS) program.

• Our first annual division-wide Impact Report will be published in late February. It will present a selected overview of the units, programs and initiatives that comprise DDCE, as well as spotlight several individuals. I very much appreciate the hard work of everyone involved with creating this report.

2008 looks to be another exciting year and I look forward to working with all of you. Thanks again for your commitment and dedication to our division.

 Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
 Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement



Prominent East Austin Alumni receive Community Leadership Award

Seven distinguished, trailblazing individuals who dedicated their lives to social justice and equality were awarded the Community Leadership Award by the University on December 12, 2007. The awards were presented by William Powers, university president, and Vice President Vincent at a reception hosted at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.The honorees included Ada Anderson, Dr. Exalton Delco, Hector De Leon, Gus Garcia, Dr. John Q. Taylor King, Judge Harriet Murphy and Dr. Charles Urdy. Learn more »

The MLK Statue: A Historical Perspective

On September 24, 1999, the university’s new statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. was unveiled during a day-long celebration that included a community march, guest speakers and live music. “For me this day represented the successful culmination of a remarkable student-run project,” says Brenda Burt, director of the Multicultural Information Center. “To see members of the Austin community gather at this celebration brought a sense of unity and beauty to our campus.” Learn more »

Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium featured in Austin American-Statesman

The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Consortium is looking to significantly expand in the near future by raising $50 million from foundations, corporations and individual donors. The plan, which has yet to be officially laid out, would be pursued in partnership withthe university's development office as part of a university-wide fundraising campaign that is projected to have an endowment of more than $2 billion. Led by Dr. Rick Cherwitz, the IE Consortium has been hugely successful among first-generation students of color and has garnered nationwide acclaim. The program, including details of its projected expansion, was recently featured in the Austin American-Statesman (Dec. 24, 2007). Learn More»
Read full article here

Associate Vice President Nelson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Wanda Nelson, Associate Vice President for Pre-College Youth Development and Student Diversity Initiatives, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Black Faculty and Staff Association at a ceremony on December 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Austin. “It was a wonderful evening and I was greatly honored to receive the award,” said Dr. Nelson, who was honored because of her role as founder of the BFSA. Learn More »

SPURS Program Receives Donation

Yates High School, located in Houston and a participating school in the Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS) program, was recently given a public donation by the law firm of Jim Adler and Associates. The funding will help provide necessary resources that will allow students to improve their analytical writing skills.The SPURS program, part of the Pre-College Youth Development and Student Diversity Initiatives portfolio directed by Dr. Wanda Nelson, is a collaborative effort between the university and Texas public school districts. Its goal is to provide participation in an academic literary community through the Internet and to provide high school English students the opportunity to model argumentative essays based on the entry-level college Rhetoric and Writing course. Learn More »



Announcements

The following DDCE units have new campus mail codes:

Gender and Sexuality Center — A4400
Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (formerly Academic Enrichment Services) — A5700
Services for Students with Disabilities — A4100
TRiO Programs — A6400
Volunteer and Service Learning Center — A6300



Spotlight Events

Abriendo Brecha on February 21st-23rd

Abriendo Brecha, an activist scholarship conference, draws together scholars, activists, artists and other whose research and creative intellectual work is developed and carried out in alignment with communities, organizations, movements or networks working for social justice.

For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Speed, Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement, sspeed@mail.utexas.edu or 512-232-5386



Calendar

February

February 5: Black Faculty and Staff Association Meeting – Neighborhood Longhorns Program
Main 212, 12-1 p.m.
RSVP to Black Faculty and Staff Association
http://www.utexas.edu/staff/bfsa/

February 5: Black History Month Concert
Bates Hall, 8 p.m. – doors open at 7 p.m.
Collaborative Black Composers Concert with UT-Austin and Huston-Tillotson University students
Contact UT School of Music, 512-471-5401

February 5: Health Disparities in East Austin: A Community Dialogue Health Disparities Research and Mapping in East Austin
3701 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
2:30 – 4:00 PM
View Flyer here

February 6: Black History Month Worship Service
Art Building Auditorium, time TBA
Contact Multicultural Information Center for more information
512-232-2958

February 6: Safe Space Ally Development Training
San Jacinto Multipurpose Room, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Contact Safe Space for more information
utsafespace@yahoo.com

February 8: Gender and Sexuality Center Movie Night – “Game Night”
SSB G1.400H, 7 p.m.
Contact Gender and Sexuality Center for more information
512-232-1831, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

February 8: Indigenous Studies Speaker Series presents Emma Chirix
Location and time TBA
Contact Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement for more information
truth@mail.utexas.edu

February 8: Conversaciones on Marginalized Feminisms en la Américas
Chicano Culture Room – Texas Union, 12-2:30 p.m.
Bilingual conversation with Emma Chirix, Jaffari Allen, Sharmila Rudrappa, Shannon Speed
Contact Shannon Speed for more information, sspeed@mail.utexas.edu

February 11: “I Heart PEFSA” Membership Drive and Officer Candidate Recruitment
Student Services Building, Glenn Maloney Room, 12-1 p.m.
Contact Pride and Equity Faculty and Staff Association for more information
http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~pefsa/

February 11: Diversity Educator Series – “White Privilege: Managing Feelings of Guilt and Effectively Communicating the Concept” with Dr. Bob Jensen
Texas Union Sinclair Suite, 3 - 5 p.m.
Registration required
Contact Aurora Chang-Ross for more information, changross@mail.utexas.edu

February 12: Health Disparities in East Austin: A Community Dialogue - Obesity and Its Complications
3701 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
3:30 – 5:00 PM
View Flyer here

February 13: Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association Meeting – Compadres Unidos/United in Friendship
Main 212, noon-1 p.m.
RSVP to Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association
http://www.utexas.edu/staff/hfsa/

February 15: Indigenous Studies Speaker Series presents Luis Carcamo-Huechante (Mapuche) – “The Frequency of Differences: Radio and Indigenous Cultures in the Americas”
EPS 1.128, 12-1:30 p.m
Contact Shannon Speed for more information, sspeed@mail.utexas.edu

February 14: Gender and Sexuality Center Movie Night – “Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love”
SSB G1.400H, 7 p.m.
Contact Gender and Sexuality Center for more information
512-232-1831, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

February 23: Safe Space Facilitator Training
Kinsolving Dormitory Conference Room (2nd floor), 10 a.m.-4 p.m
Contact Safe Space for more information
utsafespace@yahoo.com

February 20: Black Faculty and Staff Association Black History Program
Main 212, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
RSVP to Black Faculty and Staff Association
http://www.utexas.edu/staff/bfsa/

February 21: Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association Monthly Meeting
Main 210, 12-1 p.m
Contact Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association for more information
http://www.utexas.edu/staff/aaafsa/

February 21: Pride and Equity Faculty and Staff Association Movie Night
Location TBA, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Contact Pride and Equity Faculty and Staff Association for more information
http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~pefsa/

February 21: Gender and Sexuality Center Movie Night – “The Color Purple”
SSB G1.400H, 7 p.m.
Contact Gender and Sexuality Center for more information
512-232-1831, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

February 21-23: Abriendo Brecha Conference
Abriendo Brecha, an activist scholarship conference, draws together scholars, activists, artists and other whose research and creative intellectual work is developed and carried out in alignment with communities, organizations, movements or networks working for social justice.
For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Speed, sspeed@mail.utexas.edu or 512-232-5386

February 22: Indigenous Studies Speaker Series presents Craig Womack (Cherokee-Creek) – “Take Me Back to Turkey, Texas, I’m Too Young to Bury: The Riot Explained”
San Jacinto Conference Center, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Keynote lecture of Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship conference
Contact Shannon Speed for more information, sspeed@mail.utexas.edu.

February 22: Gender and Sexuality Center Movie Night – “The Color Purple”
SSB G1.400H, 7 p.m.
Contact Gender and Sexuality Center for more information
512-232-1831, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

February 27: Creating Change In-Service for Gender and Sexuality Center staff
By invitation only
Contact Gender and Sexuality Center for more information
512-232-1831, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

February 28: Gender and Sexuality Center Movie Night – “Fried Green Tomatoes”
SSB G1.400H, 7 p.m.
Contact Gender and Sexuality Center for more information
512-232-1831, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu



To submit calendar dates for division and community events, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/forms/news_form.php

Additional e-newsletters for this academic year:
March/April 2008 newsletter — March 3
(deadline for submissions is February 21)

Summer 2008 newsletter — July 1
(deadline for submissions is June 19)

For more calendar dates for division and community events, please visit our calendar on our website, http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/news