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

Photo of Dr. Gregory J. VincentMessage from Dr. Vincent
At the end of May, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) held its spring All Division Staff meeting where we celebrated our successes of the year including the 50 events we sponsored and some of the outstanding work of our staff. DDCE staff might have slowed down for a couple of days around Memorial Day, but we continue to have exciting events this summer such as the UT Elementary School event with chefs from all over the country which you will read about in this issue of DDCE@UT. The event celebrated the first anniversary of Michelle Obama's Chefs Move to Schools Program, with White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, and showcased the school's Healthy Families Initiative and Garden to Table Project. Read more.



Hogg Awards 13 grants to mental health researchers across state

Thirteen academic researchers exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas have been awarded $226,770 by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The one-year grants are capped at $17,500 each. The 13 research projects were selected from a pool of 48 proposals submitted by tenure-track assistant professors at 17 Texas schools. Most of the projects focus on mental health issues of underserved populations. Read more.



UT Elementary School Students Cook with Chefs from Around the World

We could all take a cue from University of Texas Elementary School (UTES) students who participate in the school's Healthy Families Initiative: eat your brussel sprouts and exercise everyday with your friends. Because of their participation in the after-school Garden to Table program, the students are enthusiastic gardeners and cooks as demonstrated on June 1 when they got together with 24 members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Read more.

EVENT Spotlight
VSLC's Tower Awards recognize outstanding achievements in service

The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) recently recognized fifteen individuals and three organizations for outstanding achievements in community service through its annual Tower Awards. Among the 2011 awards was the first-ever recognition for alumni with the unveiling of the Glen Baumgart Award. Read more.
  program spotlight
Time to soar: Fifth grade graduates bid adieu to UT Elementary School

In the week following commencement, The University of Texas at Austin celebrated the graduation of some of its youngest scholars. The “little longhorns” are students at UT Elementary, the university's demonstration charter school that serves residents of East Austin and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. On May 25 the school's fifth graders walked the stage at The University of Texas Alumni Center to commemorate the successful completion of their elementary school career. Read more.

  program spotlight
It Could Be U: Mentoring and college readiness have never been so much fun

University of Texas at Austin students who participate in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) have been sharing their experiences and skills with an enthusiastic group of Austin area middle school students during the It Could Be U summer camp. It Could Be U is an intensive mentoring and college readiness program that is a partnership between IE and the Media Communications Council (MCC). Read more.

DDCE in the News
Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Katherine Mangan covered the Latino Males Symposium, held on June 24 on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The symposium was organized by DDCE faculty fellow Dr. Victor Saenz and the Project MALES team. The Daily Texan also ran a summary of the conference written by Syeda Hasan. Read more.
Shryock and Butler: Murderball duo are hell on wheels
It's a game that involves a lot of collisions, bruises, scrapes, broken fingers and trips to the welder. It's been nicknamed “murderball.” Jeff Butler, a junior at The University of Texas at Austin, summed it up with one apt word: fierce. This May, Butler and Emily Shryock, a UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) staff member, were two of thirteen athletes selected to play for the United States Quad Rugby Association's National Developmental Team, called Team Force. Read more.
Dr. Leonard Moore honored by APIE
Dr. Leonard N. Moore, history professor and associate vice president of Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, received the Austin Partners in Education (APIE) Chair's Award on May 18 during Salute, the Annual Celebration of Excellence in the Austin Independent School District (AISD). Moore was selected for the award for of his role in helping APIE reach the goal of having the number of classroom coaches who volunteer in AISD be representative of the city's African American population. Fourteen percent of AISD students are African American, and more than 60 percent of AISD students come from low-income families. Read more.

Free Minds Call for Students
The Free Minds Project at The University of Texas at Austin is currently accepting applications for a college-level course in the humanities for adults living on low incomes who want to begin their college education. Tuition, books, and child care are provided without charge. Applications for the 2011–2012 academic year are due on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. For more information, call: 232-6093 or visit us online at www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/freeminds/apply.php

Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium recognized by Texas House
The Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) was recognized by the Texas House of Representatives on June 27 for its innovative leadership in education. In House Resolution No. 196, IE was applauded for its provision of a structure for students to take charge of their educational experience, promote diversity in higher education, foster learning across disciplinary boundaries, and generate collaboration between the academy and the greater community. Read more.


UT Austin Stands Out for Support of Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
New centralized funding for interpreter services for faculty and staff puts The University of Texas at Austin “way ahead of the curve,” according to Linda Millstone, associate vice president for Institutional Equity and Workforce Diversity within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Among universities nationwide, UT Austin has become a leader in serving deaf and hard of hearing members of its community. Read more.

Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence is home to DDCE Academic Diversity Initiatives
The Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) is the cornerstone of Academic Diversity Initiatives within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). It is home to the Summer Scholars, Gateway Scholars, Longhorn Link, and Ronald E. McNair Scholars programs, all of which support first-generation and underrepresented college students. Read more.


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