When I Rise Screening
The 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
We 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.
DDCE Receives DiversityFIRST Award
The 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
Nearly 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.
AISD Students Visit Campus, Meet Other Students with Disabilities
Sixty 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
Learn 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
Founded 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!
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
Nov. 18: Dr. Ronald Crutcher to Speak on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Dr. 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.
Nov. 17: GSC, SSD Sponsor Speaker Eli Clare
Please 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
We’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.
Thanks, Baker Hughes
Baker 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.
End-of-Year Giving Options
As 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