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DDCE @ UT Newsletter

MARCH 2012

Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentEach year, the DDCE’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center sponsors The Project—a one-day student community service event that engages students, faculty, staff and community members in a day of service focused on a specific Austin neighborhood. The Project has been so successful that a few years ago, UT Austin was selected as the site for the second annual Clinton Global Initiative – University conference. Conference participants from around the nation joined with our students for a two-day event in East Austin’s Rosewood neighborhood.

This year, The Project was bigger and better than ever. We established a new partnership with the Texas Exes to get alumni chapters across the globe involved in The Project through Texas Exes Care about The Project. The Austin chapter worked alongside students in the Dove Springs Community on the day of The Project—Feb. 25. Fifty-two other chapters developed their own community service projects throughout the month of February. Read More



The Asian American Male Experience in Higher Education

Sweatt Symposium: The Asian American Male Experience in Higher Education

“Crisis” is not a word associated with Asian American males, especially in higher education. And yet, as became apparent at the second lecture presentation for the 26th Annual Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, Asian American males are indeed part of the crisis in our country with regard to young men of color.

Although long stereotyped as the model minority group for their high achievement, Asian American demographics tell a different story according to Dr. Mitchell Chang, Dr. Eric Tang and Dr. Robert Teranishi, who participated in the panel discussion, “The Asian American Male Experience” on Feb. 29. Read More

Developing Mental Health Advocates for the Future

Developing Mental Health Advocates for the Future

Recognizing that public policy plays a critical role in achieving positive change, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has created an innovative fellowship program to cultivate and empower a new generation of Texas advocates for mental health.

In 2010, the foundation awarded grants to five Texas nonprofit advocacy groups to hire an in-house mental health policy fellow and provide the fellow with an experienced mentor. All fellows were required to be a recent graduate of law, social work, public policy or other related graduate program. Read More

Summer Institute for the Gifted

Summer Institute for GiftedSummer may be a time when many students leave the university, but campus remains abuzz with DDCE programs for scholars of all ages. The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), co-sponsored by the DDCE, allows intellectually advanced students ages 6-17 to pack three weeks of intensive learning into their vacations.

Applications are now being accepted for two 2012 Summer Institute for the Gifted Programs: a residential program offered for students ages 9 to 17 (July 8-28) and a day program for students ages 5-8 (July 9-27). Read More

Project 2012: 2,049 Volunteers, 110 Projects, 23 Sites

Project 2012 was a huge success with 2,049 volunteers working on 110 projects at 23 sites in the Dove Springs and Onion Creek Plantation communities. Not only did University of Texas at Austin students and alumni participate, but approximately 200 students from St. Edwards University joined in the fun. Read More

Volunteers at The Project 2012

Explore UT Recruits Students of All Ages

On Saturday, March 3, more than 50,000 people from around the state descended on The University of Texas at Austin for Explore UT–the annual recruitment event that features fun, games, feats of magic in chemistry, dancing, music, explorations of engineering and more.

With more than 400 activities to choose from, kids of all ages have the chance to learn new things and interact with faculty, staff and students. The event is an effective recruiting tool–77 percent of accepted seniors attending Explore UT in 2011 enrolled in the university last fall versus 40 percent of seniors who were accepted but didn’t attend. Read More

Explore UT

HEB Supports Neighborhood Longhorns Program

Many thanks to HEB for their support of Neighborhood Longhorns again this year through the tear pad campaign and for their support of Project 2012. HEB continues to be a great DDCE community partner and supporter!

HEB Supports NLP



Heman Sweatt Symposium

Sweatt Symposium #3:
The African American Male Experience
Mar. 21, 5 p.m. reception
6 p.m. panel
John Hargis Hall
1823 Red River
The session features a dialogue followed by a panel discussion.
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Sweatt Symposium #4:
The Native American Male Experience
Apr. 11, 5 p.m. reception
6 p.m. panel
Benson Library Conference Room
Sid Richardson Hall
2313 Red River
The session features a panel discussion.
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