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DDCE @ UT Newsletter

May 2012

Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentOn Tuesday, the DDCE wrapped up the semester with our spring all-division staff meeting. The spring meeting is the time we get to reflect on accomplishments over the last academic year. The division has an incredible team of staff members, dedicated to our mission and making a difference in the lives of students and communities that have been historically underserved.

Here are a few of our accomplishments this year:

  • Our Gateway Scholars students in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence had a first-year average GPA of 3.2, considerably higher than the average for first-year students at UT Austin overall. Our six graduating McNair Scholars received multiple acceptances into prestigious graduate schools like Princeton, Emory, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina and UT Austin.

  • Services for Students with Disabilities have served 1,700 students each semester this year. Through the new Disability Advocate program, SSD staff members Emily Shryock and Justin Rogers have trained 500 faculty and staff members on campus this year. They will present at the Association on Higher Education and Disability Conference this summer to help other campuses find ways to implement similar programming on their campuses.

  • This year’s Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, led by planning committee co-chairs Dr. Leonard Moore and Dr. Victor Sáenz, was one of the most successful ever, with 850 participants attending Sweatt Symposium events that took place monthly from February to May.

  • To see more of this year's accomplishments... Read More


DDCE and Texas Exes Sponsor Texas Exes Care About The Project

The Project video
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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. Read More

The Precursors Celebrate Dr. Ray Wilson, Trailblazer and Mentor

The Precursors Celebrate Dr. Ray Wilson

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. Read More

University Honors TACC, Hodinh, Swasdee and Chiu

Asian Community Leadership Awards

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. Read More

DDCE Honors Machree Garrett Gibson with Heman Sweatt Legacy Award

Machree Garrett Gibson with AwardAt 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. Read More

TRIO Longhorn Link Support Inspires Senior Elena Garcia

Elena GarciaThe 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

UT Service Scholars: Connecting with the Community on Earth Day

Earth Day projects

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


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