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DDCE@UT, the official newsletter of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin
february 2011

Photo of Dr. Gregory J. VincentDDCE Events Build Diversity and Community
On Thursday, Feb. 24, we have our second presentation celebrating the 25th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights. We hope you will join us as we hear from Dr. George Wright, president of Prairie View A&M University, and Dr. Edwin Sharpe, clinical professor of Educational Administration here at The University of Texas at Austin. Both men played prominent roles in the establishment of the Sweatt Symposium. Read more.



Heman Sweatt Symposium Founders Discuss Evolution of Campus Tradition

The monthly speaker series of the 25th annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights at The University of Texas at Austin presents two former university administrators, Drs. George C. Wright and Edwin R. Sharpe, to discuss “How it All Began–The Evolutionary Steps in Establishing the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights.” Read more.

President Powers writes about Remembering Heman Sweatt: http://blogs.utexas.edu/towertalk/2011/01/31/remembering-heman-sweatt/



Presentation by Gary Lavergne Opens the 25th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights

Gary Lavergne, author of "Before Brown: Heman Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall and the Long Road to Justice", delivered the opening presentation of the 25th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium to a standing-room-only crowd on January 27.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members vied for a spot to hear Lavergne discuss why the case Sweatt v. Painter remains so important 60 years after the decision was made to allow Heman Marion Sweatt to enter The University of Texas School of Law. Read more.

NFBPA Panel Discussion to Examine Economic Outlook

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is sponsoring a community panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the King-Seabrook Chapel on the Huston-Tillotson University campus. The panel discussion is titled Hard Questions – Heart Answers: The Truth about Texas' Future Economic Outlook. Local officials and administrators will discuss some of the most pressing problems in inner city communities, including the fact that residents in these communities are getting neither the help they need to fully participate in the entrepreneurial economy, nor the education they need to staff the workforce in the service/knowledge economy. Read more.
EVENT Spotlight
TCEP Education Reform Conference examines issues, convenes diverse communities and honors education policymakers

About 200 people braved the winter storm on Feb. 9 to attend the conference, "Leading the Nation: A Texas Retrospective on Educational Reform", sponsored by the Texas Center for Educational Policy (TCEP).

The Honorable Paul Sadler, the former chair of the Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives, delivered the keynote address. He offered a personal reflection of his experiences as chair of the House Public Education Committee from 1995–2003. Read more.

EVENT Spotlight
World Music Night - Music for Education
Staff and friends of UT Elementary School gathered on Feb. 8 for World Music Night held at Momo's in downtown Austin to support the school and raise funds for books and school supplies. Read more.

A Glimpse of Abriendo Brecha VIII
On Thursday, February 17, the 8th annual Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Conference kicked-off at The University of Texas at Austin. Sponsored by the DDCE's Community Engagement Center, the conference seeks to raise consciousness and renew discussion surrounding communities, organizations, movements and networks working for social and economic justice around the world. In addition to researchers from around the country, this year's participants include academics from El Salvador, Guatemala and Brazil. Read more.
TACC celebrates the Year of the Rabbit
On February 5, 2010, the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held its 15th Annual Lunar New Year Gala at the Bob Bullock Museum. In the tradition of the Lunar New Year, the Gala brings together stakeholders from diverse communities in Central Texas – corporate leaders, small businesses, government leaders, and the public at large. Read more.

New Book Aims to Train Urban Educators
Teachers and administrators at The University of Texas Elementary School have completed a new book titled “Teaching to the Spirit of Every Child: Lessons Learned in Urban Education,” and are ready to disseminate it widely to educators across Texas. Read more.


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Lok Siu: Negotiating Sense of Self and Community through the Asian Diaspora
When an ancient Greek philosopher was asked where he was from, he reportedly replied, “I am a citizen of the world,” sparking the foundation of “cosmopolitanism,” the idea that all humanity belongs to a single community.

At the core of UT researcher Lok Siu's work is exploration of how Asians are linked through cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and how Asians dispersed throughout the Americas—through diaspora—share a cultural identity although they live in very different places. Read more.

LCAE: Helping First Year and Underrepresented Students Pursue Academic Excellence
“Free tutoring was really helpful for me last semester. If I had not had free tutoring for my math course, I would have failed the course. . . . Also, speaking to my advisor was extremely helpful, since I was able to talk about my course issues and my financial aid issues.” Read more

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