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DDCE @ UT Newsletter

 
November 2011
 
 

Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory Vincent Last week I attended the Neighborhood Longhorns Scholarship banquet, which rewarded 593 Austin students, grades 2-8, for their academic success during the 2010-11 school year. Each high-achieving student received a $100 scholarship to be held in a scholarship fund. More than 1,000 students, parents, and teachers attended. The excitement of these students was incredible; their parents and teachers were understandably proud.

The Neighborhood Longhorns Program is extremely successful—a majority of the participating students raise their academic achievement and get hooked on The University of Texas at Austin in the process. The key in the long run is to keep these students—many of whom will be first generation college students–engaged academically throughout high school. Read More

 
 
 
 

NEWS

When I Rise Screening

Texas Exes, DDCE Unite for The ProjectThe DDCE, in partnership with the President’s Office and AT&T, hosted a screening of When I Rise–the documentary about UT alumna Barbara Smith Conrad at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Oct. 19 for a group of friends, donors and alumni. When I Rise is a production of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and was directed by Mat Hames, produced by James Moll and Michael Rosen, executive produced by Don Carleton, and made possible by the generous support of many institutions on and off campus, including AT&T. Read More

Texas Exes, DDCE Unite for The Project

Texas Exes, DDCE Unite for The ProjectWe know University of Texas at Austin alumni love a good get together so the Texas Exes and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement are planning a big one for THE PROJECT, a program designed to unite alumni nationwide for a single day of service during the month of February. This will be an opportunity for all Texas Exes chapters or networks to participate in one of the largest university service events ever. Read More

DDCE Receives DiversityFIRST Award

tcc-logoThe Central Texas Advisory Board, a member council of the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), hosted their 8th Annual DiversityFIRST™ Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 28, 2011, which featured keynote speaker, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, The University of Texas at Austin. The theme this year was “Embracing Inclusion: Education in a World of Differences.” Read More

NLP Students Awarded Scholarships

NLP Students Awarded ScholarshipsNearly 600 students from 30 Austin schools who participate in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) were rewarded for their hard work and academic achievement on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The NLP honored 593 students and their parents at a scholarship banquet at the Frank Erwin Center that was attended by more than 1,000 people. Read More

AISD Students Visit Campus, Meet Other Students with Disabilities

AISD Students Visit Campus, Meet Other Students with DisabilitiesSixty juniors and seniors from five high schools within Austin Independent School District visited campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to learn more about navigating college life when you have a disability, including the proactive role that students themselves must take in obtaining accommodations. Read More

DDCE in the News: IE, Free Minds, Afrikan American Affairs

ie-logoLearn more about the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium’s Pre-Graduate Internship Program and how it supports Hispanic students in these two reports which aired on Friday, Nov. 4: KEYE – English and Telemundo – Spanish

The power of the Free Minds Project, which helps low-income adults begin college coursework, was discussed in a feature article by Joshunda Sanders in the Austin American Statesman Oct. 29.

The Daily Texan included a nice write-up about Black Family Day, sponsored by Afrikan American Affairs, a student agency within our Multicultural Engagement Center. Read More

Longhorn American Indian Council Provides Community for American Indian Students

Longhorn American Indian Council Provides Community for American Indian StudentsFounded in 1998, the Longhorn American Indian Council (LAIC) was created to give American Indian students on the UT campus a space to express their heritage and share it with others. The council has grown since, and the organization hopes to continue serving more American Indian students in the future. It is one of the six student agencies housed in the Divison of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Multicultural Engagement Center. Read More

Help UTES Get a New Playground!

Help UTES Get a New Playground! UT Elementary School is currently living without a playground due to construction and must come up with the money for a playground to be reinstalled. The school is a nominee in the Clorox Power a Bright Future grant program. From now until Dec. 9, you can help the school win a grant to rebuild the playground by voting online or by texting clorox9244 to 44144 (please note your phone message and data rates apply if you text). Read More

EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Nov. 18: Dr. Ronald Crutcher to Speak on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Nov. 18: Dr. Ronald Crutcher to Speak on Civic Learning and Democratic EngagementDr. Ronald Crutcher, president of Wheaton College, renowned cellist and former director of the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, will speak at the DDCE Fall Lecture Series on Nov. 18. Dr. Crutcher’s lecture, “Higher Education for Democracy: Developing Capacities for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement on Campus,” will be held at 2 p.m. in Main 212. Read More

Nov. 17: GSC, SSD Sponsor Speaker Eli Clare

Nov. 17: GSC, SSD Sponsor Speaker Eli ClarePlease join the Gender and Sexuality Center for the last event this semester of the GSC Speaker Series.White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare happily lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (South End Press, 1999, 2009), and a collection of poetry The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (Homofactus Press, 2007), and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Read More

Nov. 17 Get Together and Invitation to Join Texas Exes LGBT Network

Nov. 17 Get Together and Invitation to Join Texas Exes LGBT NetworkWe’re excited to announce the creation of the Texas Exes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network! The network is designed to build community among LGBT alumni, support LGBT advocacy efforts at UT-Austin, and offer networking and mentorship opportunities to current students. This achievement comes after decades of groundwork laid by generations of motivated UT students and alumni. All LGBT alumni, allies and friends are welcome. Read More

GIVING SPOTLIGHT

Thanks, Baker Hughes

Thanks, Baker HughesBaker Hughes, an international top-tier oilfield service company, has helped DDCE provide math and science boot camps to our freshmen Gateway Scholars who are enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engingeering and mathematics) coursework. The sessions help develop strong problem-solving skills, increase confidence and give students real world examples of how these skills will be used. Read More

End-of-Year Giving Options

tcc-logoAs the end of the calendar year approaches, we hope you will consider making a gift to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Your contribution makes a meaningful difference in the work that DDCE is able to accomplish. For some of the best ways to make a year-end gift: Read More

 

 
IMPACT REPORT
 

UT Outreach Dallas

UT Outreach DallasTake bright, high-achieving students at underserved schools. Add a structured program of enrichment and college preparation that is the result of an innovative partnership between UT Outreach–Dallas and the nonprofit organization, Education is Freedom. Include a program with UT alumni serving as mentors for students. Finally, offer $3 million in scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin over a three-year period. The result is the Longhorn Pre-College Academy (LPCA), a model program among the five UT Outreach Centers within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Read More

ProArts, DDCE Collaborate to Shape African American Cultural Heritage District

ProArts, DDCE Collaborate to Shape African American Cultural Heritage DistrictThe DDCE is always looking for innovative community partners that are not only making positive changes in the Austin community, but are also transforming the way the community sees itself. ProArts Collective does just that.

Now under the direction of Lisa Byrd, ProArts joined the DDCE as a Community Engagement Incubator project in the spring of 2010. The DDCE will help the Cultural Heritage District build relationships with academic departments that can provide student interns and research fellows, who in turn can assist in researching and archiving historical places, people, and events in East Austin. The division will also work with ProArts to develop financial resources for the new district’s community programming. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting – Campus Climate
Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Pharmacy 2.110

The DDCE, the Multicultural Engagement Center and the Diversity and Equity Student Advisory Committee are hosting a Town Hall to discuss campus climate issues.

Eli Clare to Speak
Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
San Jacinto Residence Hall Multipurpose Room

Genderqueer and disabled, Eli Clare writes, teaches and presents about disability, queer and trans issues, and social justice. This event is sponsored by Services for Students with Disabilities, the Gender and Sexuality Center and Housing and Food Services.

DDCE Fall Lecture Series with Dr. Ronald Crutcher
Nov. 18, 2 p.m.
Main Building 212

Dr. Ronald Crutcher, president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and former director of the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, will present “Higher Education for Democracy: Developing Capacities for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement on Campus.”

Lil’ Longhorn 5K
Nov. 19, 9 a.m.
Festival Beach Park

Sponsored by UT Elementary School, the 5K is an East Austin community event. Registration fee is $20 per individual, $30 for a couple or pair, and $40 per family. RSVP


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