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Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentEach December all of us in DDCE look forward to the Community Leadership Awards event at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center. We love the Carver event not only for the opportunity to fellowship with 300 of our friends, but because it is always inspiring to talk to and learn more about our honorees.They have dedicated themselves to social justice and civil rights issues and serve as powerful role models for our youth. We are thankful for the work they do, and the event is an opportunity for The University of Texas at Austin to recognize their accomplishments, which positively impact the community and the university.

We hope you enjoy reading about the 2012 honorees in this newsletter and that these outstanding individuals will inspire you throughout the holiday season.

Best wishes,
Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
Professor of Law
W. K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership




University of Texas Honors Community Leaders at the Carver Museum

2012 UT Community Leadership Awards Ceremony

The University of Texas at Austin honored one organization and three individuals for outstanding public service and work on civil rights at the Sixth Annual Community Leadership Awards Ceremony at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. This year University of Texas Regent Printice L. Gary joined President Bill Powers and Vice President Dr. Gregory J. Vincent in presenting the awards. Read more.

2012 UT Community Leadership Awards Ceremony

LCAE Study Abroad China Maymester Kick-off

Chen and Moore

In May 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the Obama administration’s 100,000 Strong Initiative in Beijing.  This effort aims to increase the number of U.S. students and the diversity of those students studying in China. The effort will help prepare the next generation of leaders who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic and cultural ties between the U.S. and China.

Dr. Leonard N. Moore, DDCE associate vice president for academic diversity and civic engagement initiatives, and his team at the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence immediately got excited about the possibilities. They realized a study abroad experience in China would give first-generation students and students from diverse backgrounds the competitive edge needed in the global economy. Read more.

IE Citizen Scholars President Paulina Sosa Is Changing the World

Paulina Sosa

Paulina Sosa is passionate about changing the world. The fifth-year senior began at The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 as a philosophy major with every intention of entering law school. Since then she has added psychology as a second major, completed the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship, become a Congressional District Leader for the ONE Campaign, become an intern in Senator John Cornyn’s office, been named UT Austin representative for the Clinton Global Initiative and assumed leadership of the IE Citizen Scholars. Along the way Sosa decided that she would like to merge her passion for global health and policy with a master’s degree in public health.

“My dream really is to become a policy analyst with a government agency that focuses on providing and finding solutions for extreme poverty in the poorest countries,” said Sosa. Read more.

You Can’t Spell Community Without UT!

UT Elementary School Parade

It was one of the most enthusiastic parades ever as the entire student body of UT Elementary School paraded up and down E. Sixth St. on Nov. 30 chanting “You can’t spell community without UT!” and “UT Elementary Garden!” Accompanied by teachers and parents, students carried cut-outs of bees, ladybugs, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and kohlrabi as they marched.

The parade celebrated a recent $100,000 grant from the State Farm Insurance Youth Advisory Board to support the creation of a new community garden that will serve the surrounding East Austin neighborhood. Land for the garden was made possible by the City of Austin and Cap Metro. Students will partner with neighboring businesses, households and local gardening groups to develop and grow the garden as a collaborative service project. In addition, the school will incorporate enrichment activities into the project that will focus on the areas of STEM, fitness, wellness and multicultural arts studies. Read more.

UT Elementary School Parade

UT Elementary School Parade


MOVE LEARN EXCEL Summit on the Impact of Health & Fitness on Academics
Jan. 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
UT's Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium – Touchdown Club
Participants will discuss the latest research on current health trends and the importance of physical activity from infancy through adolescence with the goal of helping Austin become a leader in reducing childhood obesity.

Juvenile Support Network Conference: Building Trauma-Informed Communities
Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
UT's Thompson Conference Center Auditorium
Supporting youth to promote mental health needs that impact their overall development.

Savage Portrayals: Images of Black Men in the Media
Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
Dr. Natalie Byfield, a professor at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, will draw on her background in journalism, community education and scholarly research for this presentation.

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Editors: Leslie Blair, Ruth Ortiz; Web: Jason Molin