Message from Dr. Vincent
Recent news events, including the recent Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan's affirmative action ban and racist remarks of Clippers' owner Donald Sterling, have reminded all of us how important our work is in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The DDCE's work is broad. It ranges from improving the campus culture and climate to supporting underserved students throughout the education process. Every year at graduation we are reminded of the value of our work and you will read about one of our outstanding grads—Joseph Gallardo—in this issue. Joseph is an example of why our work with male students is so important. You will also read about Carolyn Goldston, one of our board members and donors. Many of you know Carolyn who has been active in civil rights work in Austin for many years. We couldn't carry out our work without people like Carolyn and people like you—our supporters, donors, volunteers and community members. We thank you for the many ways you help the division.
If you haven't done so, please RSVP for the Evening of Honors on Friday night. Not only will we recognize Sen. Rodney G. Ellis but we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Multicultural Engagement Center with special Student Legacy Awards to Michael L. Davis, founder of the MEC, and Jordan Metoyer, an outstanding MEC student, scholar and future leader. We hope to see you there.
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law
May 2: Evening of Honors
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent cordially invites you to attend the Evening of Honors in celebration of the 28th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights and the 25th Anniversary of the Multicultural Engagement Center.
Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
EtterHarbin Alumni Center
The University of Texas at Austin
2110 San Jacinto Boulevard
Black Tie | Reception following award ceremony
Seating is limited | R.S.V.P. required by May 1, 2014
For more information and to R.S.V.P., visit the Evening of Honors page. Presented in partnership with the Texas Exes Black Alumni Network and The Precursors.
Senior Joseph Gallardo: Mentor and Role Model
Joseph Gallardo has gone from being a high school dropout to one of the top students in his class, a mentor to other students at The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently preparing to take the LSAT.
Gallardo, a senior who is majoring in public relations, government and business foundations, was a high school dropout who went back to high school, finally graduating second to last in his class after six years and having attended five different high schools. After a year of working minimum wage jobs, he decided that he wanted to go to college. Though his mother suggested he join the military, he enrolled in Palo Alto College in San Antonio for two years. "It was like learning everything for the first time. I really didn't learn much in middle school or high school, so it was a real challenge," Gallardo explained. Despite his difficulties, he was successful at Palo Alto College, serving as captain of the school's basketball team and ultimately graduating with a 3.94 GPA. Read more.
Why Should Heirs Have All The Fun?
Carolyn Goldston Demonstrates the Impact of Legacy and Planned Giving
The University of Texas at Austin embodies many traits that motivate affinity and passion for everything Longhorn and even inspire financial contribution to the university, but the greatest impetus for such connection is appreciation for the role the University plays in the community and its active legacy. Longtime Austinite and community advocate Carolyn Goldston has certainly found that to be true. In fact it's Goldston's long history with The University of Texas that has grounded her legacy in Austin.
Arriving on campus in the fall of 1953 from a small town in West Texas, Goldston quickly grew smitten with the Capitol City. Although Goldston didn't ultimately graduate from The University of Texas, she did marry into the burnt-orange-blood-line. Since her husband was a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Law School, Goldston recalled that most of their friends were alumni and university faculty, driving a social life that revolved around campus conversation.
The university, after all, was the impetus for their interest in Austin. Likewise, the conversations taking place on campus drove much of the dialogue and action of the city. "The university cultivated an open-minded culture," Goldston explained. "When you are near and around a large environment of research, you have to be open." Perhaps inspired by such thinking Goldston launched her civic ambition and contribution to community advocacy by assuming leadership roles. Read more.
Post-Fisher Conference Proves UT Conversation is of National Concern and Consequence
The Diversity in Higher Education Post-Fisher Conference hosted by The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (UT Law) and sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and the Heman Sweatt Symposium proved to be a day of engaging conversation, heavy reflection and encouraging strategy. Panelists from around the country led thought provoking discussions on a variety of topics all focused on the battle of race-based affirmative action. Although housed at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and centered on the Fisher case, each discussion revealed that this was indeed a national conversation of great significance.
The Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin lawsuit was used as a spring board to discuss the quantitative and anecdotal evidence in support of class based and race based affirmative action, calling into question the future of students of color at public institutions of higher learning. A multitude of voices contributed to the day's discussions including UT's own Vice President for Legal Affairs Patti Olendorf and Director of Admissions Kedra Ishop, former UT professor Douglas Laylock and University of Texas at Austin School of Law alum David Hinojosa. They were joined by colleagues from across the country bringing the perspective of Yale University, the University of Virginia, Ohio State University, Columbia University Law School, Princeton University and nonprofit organizations like MALDEF and Century Foundation. Read more.
May 18: Celebrity Golf Classic
22nd Annual Neighborhood Longhorns Program Celebrity Golf Classic
Sunday May 18, 2014 AT&T Conference Monday, May 19, 2014 UT Golf Club
All proceeds benefit The Neighborhood Longhorns Program
The pre-tournament gala will be held on Sunday, May 18, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Guests will be treated to dinner, live music and live and silent auctions as we celebrate our honorees, Olympic track and field World Champion, Sanya Richards Ross, and Super Bowl Champion, Aaron Ross. The golf tournament on Monday, May 19, at the University of Texas Golf Club, features a double shotgun start: one for the morning and one for afternoon play.
Forty NLP celebrity and 160 amateur players make up the field, which is divided into five-person teams consisting of four amateurs and one NLP celebrity. The tournament is played on a scramble format, with prizes awarded for the first three low-gross teams. Golfers will receive breakfast or lunch as well as commemorative gifts and the opportunity to win additional prizes throughout the day. Special thanks to Al Matthews and the National Association of Professional Athletes (NAPA), who founded the Celebrity Golf Classic in 1992 to benefit youth in our community.
Editor: Leslie Blair. Web: Jason Molin