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April 2012
 
 

Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentOn May 4 we wrap up the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights with the Latino Male Symposium and our culminating event—the Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award Ceremony. The sessions this year have been especially provocative and well attended. All of them have focused on finding solutions to the challenges men of color face as they traverse the education pipeline. Each group we have discussed so far—African American men, Asian American men, Native American men—have their own unique challenges that are often best met through mentoring and an understanding of their cultures and education needs. Audio for each of the presentations so far is available on the Heman Sweatt Symposium Web site. We invite you to listen if you weren’t able to attend. Read More

 
 
 
 

NEWS

Campus Climate Response Team and Incident Reporting System Now in Place

Report a bias incident to the Campus Climate Response TeamAs part of its effort to advance an inclusive and diverse campus culture, The University of Texas at Austin has developed a Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT) that will serve as a university-wide strategy resource team to address bias incidents which may affect campus climate. As part of this new initiative, an online incident reporting form that can be accessed by faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors to campus also has been developed. Read More

May 4: Heman Sweatt Civil Rights Symposium Continues with the Latino Male Symposium

May 4: Heman Sweatt Civil Rights Symposium Continues with the Latino Male Symposium

More Latinos are attending college and earning degrees than ever before, but Latino males continue to lag behind their female peers. Latino males have the lowest high school graduation rates as well as the lowest college enrollment and completion rates of any subgroup. In 2009, more than 61% of all associate’s or bachelor’s degrees earned by Hispanics were earned by female students and this degree attainment gap is only growing wider according to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). Read More

In Memoriam: John Saunders Chase

In Memoriam: John Saunders ChaseWe were saddened by the passing of John Saunders Chase on March 29. Chase, age 87, was the first African American student in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin and one of the first African Americans to attend the university.

Chase was honored by The University of Texas at Austin last year with a Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award for his role in advancing civil rights at the university. “John Chase was one of the finest modern architects in the country. He left his mark on a number of churches, institutions and monuments around the world including the Vietnam Memorial and George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston,” said Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “He will be missed as one of the Precursors and one of the outstanding University of Texas alumni who serve as role models for African American students today.” Read More

Visualize Graduation Society Members Help UT Elementary Fulfill Its Mission

As anyone familiar with UT Elementary School knows, the 34 Visualize Graduation Society (VGS) members are more than just donors to the school—they are partners in providing a quality education to East Austin students and in creating a caring community to support those students. VGS members may be seen mentoring students, reading to classrooms, and serving on the school’s boards and committees. Read More

IE Article Published in Quarterly Journal of Speech

“Revisiting Vico’s Pedagogy of Invention: The Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship,” by Dr. E. Johanna Hartelius has been published in the May 2012 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Speech. Hartelius, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, is the former director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship program at The University of Texas at Austin. The article captures IE’s unique approach to learning, grounded in problem-solving and engagement. View the article.

 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

Heman Sweatt Symposium

Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights: Latino Males
Friday, May 4, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.
Keynote Address: Commissioner Raymund Paredes
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Heman Sweatt Symposium
on Civil Rights: Legacy Award Ceremony (RSVP Required)

Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.
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2012 Lavender Graduation
Celebrating Five Years of Lavender Graduation at UT
Wednesday, May 16, 4 - 6 p.m.
Student Activity Center Ballroom in Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
Graduating Longhorns - Register To Participate!

Inaugural LGBT Alumni Reception Immediately Following Lavender Graduation
May 16, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Student Activity Center Ballroom in Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
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