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The DDCE host numerous special events each year to engage community members, share ideas and unite diverse communities. Our events range from the Community Leadership Awards ceremonies and the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights to lectures, conferences, panel discussions and cultural events.

Signature Events

Community Leadership Awards

Since 2007 the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) has annually hosted a series of Community Leadership Awards (CLA) to honor individuals and organizations for their legacy of service to the Austin and greater Central Texas area. These much-anticipated community events celebrate those who have helped make great strides in civil rights, social justice and education and who have a longstanding commitment to bettering the Hispanic, African American and Asian American communities.

The CLA ceremonies are held at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in September, at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in December and at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center in May.

Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights

The Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights is an annual spring event organized by students, faculty and staff at The University of Texas at Austin to discuss issues around race, civil rights and social justice. The symposium began in 1986 and is named after Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American admitted into the UT School of Law after the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Sweatt v. Painter in 1950. During the symposium the Heman Sweatt Legacy Award is given to those who have served as trailblazers in civil rights. The Legacy Award tradition began in 2011, honoring many of the first African American students who attended The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about DDCE events, please email leslieblair@austin.utexas.edu.

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Events Calendar