Leonard N. Moore, vice president for diversity and community engagement and George W. Littlefield Professor of American history, recently outlined his “Six Big Ideas” for transforming the DDCE.
With a focus on inclusion, innovation and investment, Moore aims to build on the university’s “What Starts Here Changes the World” mission statement by better preparing students for the new world of work through creative academic programming. At the division’s fall All-Division Staff Meeting, he introduced Ruben Cantu, the new director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship who will soon launch a program designed to help first-generation and underrepresented students break into the business world.
Priority areas also include increasing study abroad opportunities and building upon our offices and centers that work to improve inclusivity and accessibility on campus and in the community. Read the “Six Big Ideas” listed below for more details about what’s in store for the DDCE’s next new era.
Academic Creativity and Design
Our academic support programs are designed to provide students the essential skills they need to thrive in the new world of work, such as risk-taking, problem-solving, leading people, emotional intelligence and cultural understanding.
Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
We’re helping students and community members break into the world of Austin’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem by introducing them to the world of start-ups, venture capital and career accelerator programs.
Community Integrated Healthcare Initiative
As Austin’s new Healthcare Innovation District takes shape, we’re strategically positioned to leverage our expertise and collaborate with community partners.
Global Leadership and Social Impact
Our award-winning global programs give students project-based academic internship with real- world work experience in three dynamic and rapidly changing cities—Beijing, Cape Town, and San Jose, Costa Rica.
Community Engagement and Economic Development
We’re addressing societal challenges in the areas of public education, health equity, affordable housing and economic development through advocacy collaboration and partnerships.
Creating and maintaining a healthy campus culture is a foundational pillar for the DDCE and the University of Texas to make sure all members of the university community feel welcomed, valued and respected.
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