University of Texas Honors Community Leaders at the Carver Museum
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.
LCAE Study Abroad China Maymester Kick-off
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 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!
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.