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For the first time ever, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) invited the Texas Exes to join University of Texas students for The Project. The Project is the university’s premier annual community service event that traditionally takes place in Austin on the last Saturday in February. By teaming up, the DDCE and the Texas Exes extended community service throughout the month of February around the globe through an initiative called Texas Exes Care About The Project. Fifty-three chapters hosted “Care” activities in their own communities.
African American alumni and students at The University of Texas at Austin honored the legacy of Dr. Ray Floyd Wilson, the first black man to receive a Ph.D. from the university in 1953, at the Third Annual Honor Awards Luncheon on April 21, 2012.
One organization and three individuals were honored by The University of Texas at Austin for their outstanding efforts forging new paths for Asians and Asian Americans in Central Texas and for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin hosted the Community Leadership Awards event in partnership with the Center for Asian American Studies and the Texas Exes Asian American Alumni Network. The event was held on April 30 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on campus. The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. Gregory J. Vincent congratulated the honorees and spoke about the benefits partnerships such as those established with the community leaders.
At the closing event of the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights on May 4, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin awarded the 2012 Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award to Machree Garrett Gibson, the first African American female president of the Texas Exes.
The award is given annually by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin as a way to honor the memory of Heman Sweatt, the first African American admitted to the university’s School of Law.
The Longhorn Link Program–one of two federal TRIO programs in DDCE–has helped first-generation high school and college student Elena Garcia find her place at The University of Texas and in the world.
When Garcia graduates from the School of Nursing in May with honors, not only will she receive a diploma, but also the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing award. She will begin her career at University Medical Center Brackenridge here in Austin and envisions her long-term goals centered around social justice issues in health care. Garcia sees herself in nursing for three to five years, then perhaps moving into a research hospital like John Hopkins or into some aspect of public health outside of a critical care setting. Read More
Written by Hali Hoyt, AmeriCorps VISTA Member/ Student Leadership Coordinator
When the students of Reilly Elementary School arrived on the Monday after the Earth Day weekend they were in for quite a treat. Over the weekend their empty outdoor space had been transformed into a garden wonderland!
On Saturday, April 21, the UT Service Scholars (UTSS) conducted their first annual Signature Community Service Event at Reilly Elementary School. The Signature Community Service Event is the annual opportunity for the service scholars to work as a team to do a major community service project in Austin. Read More