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April 2010

Impact Report Story: VSLC Strives to Help Create Meaningful Academic Service Learning Courses for Students, Community

While fellow students at The University of Texas at Austin were interning in places like New York City or were lounging at the beach, graduate student Rian Carkhum was getting an up-close view of Ghana, an African nation that gained its independence only 52 years ago. Read more.

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Impact Report Story: A New Generation of Philanthropists Supports DDCE Work

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Lee Bagan is part of a new generation of University of Texas at Austin philanthropists—alumni who began their philanthropy efforts as students at UT Austin. Read more.

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Message from Dr. Vincent

Photo of Dr. Gregory J. VincentWelcome to DDCE@UT, the new newsletter for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Through the stories in each month's newsletter, we want to show you how the university and DDCE are making a difference. We are reaching out to communities underrepresented at the university and making UT more intellectually and culturally diverse. By doing so, we're making an impact on how people view diversity and think about community engagement. Read more.

Join Us for the 24th Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights

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The 24th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium will be held April 22-23 on the University of Texas at Austin campus. This year's symposium theme is “60 Years of Integration: Civil Rights Then and Now.” It will feature a panel discussion with members of the Precursors, a group of African Americans who were among the first to attend UT, and a keynote by Dr. Raymond L. Johnson, the first African American to graduate from Rice University. Dr. Johnson received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from UT in 1963 and attended graduate school at Rice. For more information and current schedule information, visit the Heman Sweatt Web site.

Project 2010: UT Students Serve the Austin Community

On Feb. 27, more than 1,300 University of Texas at Austin students proved as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said, "The University of Texas is a university that a football team can be proud of." The event was Project 2010 organized by UT's Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC), which is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

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Students dedicated the crisp, sunny Saturday to a day of service in the St. John's neighborhood in northeast Austin, doing repairs, cleaning up, and painting at three area schools, the Virginia Brown Recreation Center, and a number of homes. Read more.

UT Senior Jennifer Taylor Makes Her Mark on Special Education in Texas

“Never see the disability first, but see the child first.” That is the advice University of Texas senior Jennifer Taylor gave a group of 1,000 public school administrators and teachers in January at a conference of Texas Council of Administrators in Special Education (TCASE). Another piece of advice: “When you limit your students, don't be surprised when they don't achieve at a level beyond that limit. By limiting them, you are really disabling them in a different way.”

Photograph of Jennifer TaylorAt 22, Taylor has already made an impact on the Texas education system. In March 2009, the corporate communications major was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee.

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UT Stands Out for Support of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

Photograph of Linda MillstoneThe University of Texas at Austin “is way ahead of the curve,” according to Linda Millstone, associate vice president for institutional equity and workforce diversity within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). A new program of centralized funding for interpreter services for faculty and staff, makes UT a leader among universities nationwide. Read more.

New Book by Dr. Leonard Moore Studies Police Brutality in New Orleans

Photo of Leonard MooreWith its French, Spanish, and Creole influences, New Orleans has the oldest black urban community of any city in the country. It also has a shocking history of police brutality that is told in Black Rage in New Orleans: Police Brutality and African American Activism from WWII to Katrina, a new book by Dr. Leonard N. Moore to be released by LSU Press in April. Read more.

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