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

Photo of Dr. Gregory J. VincentMessage from Dr. Vincent
The last two months of the spring semester have been an incredible time for DDCE. We held the final events of the 25th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, including the Evening of Honors celebrating those honored with a Heman Sweatt Legacy Award. The evening was as memorable as the people we honored which included a number of the first African Americans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and several younger alumni who continued to push for equity for African American students on campus. Read more.

 
 
 



 

NEW @ DDCE
Establishment of Barbara Jordan Statue Project Endowment

The Barbara Jordan Statue Project helped to erect a statue of the educator and public servant as a beacon of leadership and to inspire the UT Austin community with an image of a woman who promoted diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond. The Barbara Jordan Statue Project will continue to inspire the UT Austin community through the establishment of a $55,000 Texas Exes endowment to award a scholarship to a female student committed to those same ideals. Read more.

 


 

EVENT SPOTLIGHT
Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award Honors Many Who Contributed to Civil Rights at The University of Texas at Austin

One of the first African American graduate students and seven of the early African American undergraduates to attend The University of Texas at Austin were among those honored with a Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award on May 6 at the university’s Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Recipients of the award were honored for embodying the legacy of Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American to attend The University of Texas School of Law. Read more.

 
  EVENT SPOTLIGHT
Local Asian American Community Leaders honored at UT

The 2nd Annual Asian American Community Leadership Awards honored four community leaders and one organization for their contributions to the Asian community in Texas at an awards ceremony held on May 11 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Longtime Austin residents Dr. George C. Chang and Mr. Ali Raza Khataw each received a community leadership circle award as did The Honorable Dr. Martha Jee Wong, of Houston. Read more.

 
EVENT Spotlight
Media professionals honored at the Barbara Jordan Media Awards

An Emmy award-winning director, six journalists, and a former school teacher were among the thirteen 2011 Barbara Jordan Media Awards winners, honored at the 28th Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards ceremony on April 16 at The University of Texas at Austin for accurately and positively depicting people with disabilities in the media. Read more.
 
EVENT Spotlight
University of Texas and City of Austin Honored Event Organizers at Texas Relays Reception

AThe University of Texas at Austin and the City of Austin honored the organizers of events planned around the city's annual Texas Relays event. The honorees were recognized at a reception held at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, Texas on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 5 – 7 PM. Read more.
 
Other News
DDCE Featured in Hispanic Outlook
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is featured in the most recent issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. The article by Frank DiMaria discusses the efforts of The University of Texas at Austin to attract more diverse students and create a more inclusive campus climate. Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Dr. Shannon Speed, and Ms. Linda Millstone were interviewed for the piece. The article may be downloaded from the Hispanic Outlook Web site.

 
IMPACT REPORT
 

Partnering to Provide Services to Students with Disabilities
With a staff of only nine, in the past year Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) served 1,262 students with a range of primary disabilities—including ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, learning or psychological disabilities, and hearing, visual and mobility impairments. Read more.

University Resource Groups Help Cultivate Communication and Diversity
Since William Powers, Jr. assumed the presidency of The University of Texas at Austin in February 2006, fostering diversity has been among his top priorities. Across campus, that commitment to diversity has exhibited itself in many ways, including establishment of two new University Resource Groups (URGs).Read more

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