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Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentOur nation is missing out on the latent contributions of a large pool of bright, talented and academically promising students. The majority of these students are young men of color. According to a 2010 report by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, many young men never get the opportunity to attend college—we are failing them throughout the PreK-16 educational pipeline. The report is a call to action for our nation to implement innovative solutions to address the challenges underrepresented men face in higher education, and DDCE is helping to answer that call.

Two faculty members affiliated with the DDCE—Dr. Leonard Moore and Dr. Victor Saenz—have been involved in issues affecting men of color for some time now. Dr. Moore is well known for his work with African American men, especially student athletes. Dr. Saenz founded Project MALES, dedicated to research and mentoring Latino males. Both have done outstanding work that has received national recognition. Their work offers solutions to many of the issues detailed in the College Board report. The DDCE has dedicated the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights to the issue of addressing the needs of men of color in higher education with Drs. Moore and Saenz sharing their knowledge. You will read about the Sweatt Symposium in this issue and we invite you attend each of our events which take place during the months of February-May and to become involved in this important issue. We look forward to seeing you at the first event on Feb. 8.



26th Sweatt Symposium Focuses on Men of Color

26th Sweatt SymposiumThe University of Texas at Austin 26th Annual Heman Marion Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights begins Feb. 8 with the theme, Advancing Solutions for Men of Color in Higher Education. The symposium includes four panel discussions and dialogs in February, March and April and culminates with the Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award black tie reception on May 4. The UT Latino Male Symposium will also be held on May 4 as a special event of the Sweatt Symposium.

A 2010 report published by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center has generated a growing focus on males underrepresented in institutions of higher education. The report connects the disparate educational outcomes of young men with sobering statistics about unemployment, poverty, and incarceration. It reveals the barriers that males of color experience as they navigate the education system in the United States.

The Project Expands to Texas Exes Nationwide

The Project Expands to Texas Exes Nationwide

The University of Texas at Austin’s largest day of service, called The Project, is expanding in February 2012 to include alumni and friends of UT around the nation.

The Project has been sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center for the past 13 years and this year, is partnering with the Ex-Students’ Association for Texas Exes Care about The Project.

On Feb. 25, about 2,000 student, faculty and staff volunteers will work with the residents of Dove Springs in Austin on neighborhood improvement projects. Throughout the month of February, alumni chapters around the country have planned service projects in their own communities.

For more information on how to get involved, visit The Project’s registration website or the Texas Exes’ website.

DDCE Strategic Planning Process Recognized by IAPA

DDCE Strategic Planning Process Recognized by IAPA

The outstanding work of Dr. Sherri Sanders, associate vice president for strategic initiatives, and the DDCE Strategic Planning Team was recognized by the university’s Office of Institutional Accreditation and Program Assessment (IAPA) in its spring 2012 newsletter. The article touts DDCE’s process and gives Sanders’ top tips for successful strategic planning.  “When we started on this journey, we only had a mission statement,” said Sanders. “We now have a vision and seven value statements reflecting the heart and soul of our work. We also have four cutting-edge strategic goals and a manageable process for achieving them.” 

Mitte Foundation Funds SPURS Pilot Program

SPURSThe DDCE is pleased to announce that the Mitte Foundation has funded the pilot Web-based Rhetoric and Writing course (RHE 306) offered as part of the Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS) program. The $15,500 grant will make it possible for SPURS to offer students at participating high schools the chance to earn college credit as well as high school credit for Advanced English Language Arts class.

Playwright, Poet, Feminist Cherríe Moraga to Speak

Cherrie MoragaThe Gender and Sexuality Center and Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) are hosting the First Annual Gloria Anzaldúa Luncheon: Honoring Feminists of Color on Friday, Feb. 10 in the Student Activities Center Ballroom, The University of Texas at Austin from noon-2 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon is playwright, poet and essayist Cherríe Moraga.  Along with Anzaldúa, Moraga edited This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, published in 1981. She is currently an artist in residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University where she teaches Creative Writing, Xicana-Indigenous Performance, Latino/Queer Performance, Indigenous Identity in Diaspora in the Arts and Playwriting. Moraga recently completed a new collection of writings, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: A Decade of Discourse.



Central Texas Women in Leadership Symposium
Feb. 7, 8:30 - 12 p.m.
J. Neils Thompson Commons Building

The theme of this year’s symposium is Women Leaders as Architects of Change. Register Online

Sweatt Symposium
Opening Event, Panel
Feb. 8, 5 p.m. Reception,
6 p.m. Panel
John Hargis Hall
The topic this year is  Awareness to Action:  Advancing Solutions for Men of Color in Higher Education

Cherríe Moraga
Feb. 10, Noon - 2 p.m.
Pharmacy 2.110

The Gender and Sexuality Center and Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) are hosting the First Annual Gloria Anzaldúa Luncheon: Honoring Feminists of Color.

Abriendo Brecha/Opening a Path IX: Activist Scholarship
Feb. 17, Noon - 4 p.m.
JES A230
Frank B. Wilderson III will deliver the keynote adress: The Vengeance of Vertigo: Aphasia and Abjection in the Political Trials of Black Insurgents, followed by panel disussion.

Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation Symposium
Feb. 20, 1 - 5 p.m.
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Bass Lecture Hall
A symposium focused on the issues of school discipline and the juvenile justice system. The keynote will be followed by three panels featuring elected officials, policymakers, and juvenile justice and education experts.

Rinku Sen
Mar. 1

St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd
Rinku Sen, a national leader in the racial justice movement, will speak on “Creating Spaces of Belonging: Reflections on Community, Culture and Conflict.”

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