Message from Dr. Vincent
As the new academic year begins, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement plays a greater role in public education than ever before. As was announced several months ago, the University of Texas Charter School, with 14 sites statewide, has moved to the DDCE. Associate Vice President Dr. Melissa Chavez who has led the University of Texas Elementary School to greatness, will oversee the charter school system.
Also new this year, the DDCE has acquired ADVISE TX from the UT Austin College of Education. Sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, ADVISE TX places recent college graduates as advisors in schools that serve low-income, first generation college students to help them on the path to higher education. Currently 11 advisors serve schools in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley.
The division currently has outreach centers in Austin, Dallas, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley under the leadership of Assistant Vice President Patrick Patterson. The ADVISE TX program will benefit from our UT Outreach partnerships and staff in those cities, and will allow us to expand our services to El Paso and Corpus Christi. We look forward to helping more Texas students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds prepare for college.
We are also proud to announce we have a new staff member who will help us raise money for these efforts. Vince Young, former UT and NFL quarterback, has joined the division's Office of Development, with a focus on fundraising and relationship-building efforts that support our education pipeline initiatives. Young has been dedicated to helping underserved youth and brings a real passion and commitment to our team. Best wishes for a great 2014-15 school year,
Vince Young Returns to the Forty Acres to Support Programs for Low-Income, First-Generation Students
Former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young, who led the team to the 2005 national championship, is returning to The University of Texas at Austin to work for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE).
Beginning on Sept. 1, Young will serve as development officer for program alumni relations. He will help raise money to support DDCE programs that address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds.
These programs include the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, which is part of the university's four-year graduation initiative; UT Elementary School; the University Interscholastic League (UIL); and the UT-University Charter School, which has units throughout the state.
"Vince's passion for the educational success of young people and his experiences as a first-generation college graduate make him a perfect fit for this role," said Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement. "We are excited about the enthusiasm and skill set he is bringing to our team and look forward to working with Vince." Read more.
AAUL to Honor Dr. Vincent
The Austin Area Urban League (AAUL) will honor Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award on September 20. during the Annual Equal Opportunity Day Gala.
Every year the AAUL presents the Whitney M. Young, Jr. award to an individual who has proven through their deeds to exemplify the principals for which Mr. Young stood.
In a letter to Vincent informing him of the award, AAUL CEO Teddy McDaniel wrote, "Your servant leadership at the University of Texas at Austin, to the entire City of Austin, and to the disenfranchised population that Whitney M. Young, Jr. worked to serve more than qualify you to receive this award, and our gratitude."
The AAUL is one of the nearly 100 affiliates of the National Urban League. The organization's agenda reflects a dedication in leading the movement to close the equality gap that still persists in education and economic opportunities.
Advisory Council Members De Leon, Windham and Appleman Honored
Hector De Leon, chair of the DDCE Advisory Council along with two other members of the Advisory Council, Darrell Windham and Gordon Appleman, have been honored as among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. De Leon has been honored for his work in insurance law, Windham in corporate law and mergers and acquisition law, and Appleman in employee benefits law, tax law and trusts and estates. All three are University of Texas at Austin alumni.
“We are honored to have Hector, Darrell and Gordon serve on the DDCE Advisory Council and have greatly benefited from the advice of all three. Congratulations to each of them for their continued outstanding accomplishments,” said Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement.
De Leon, a partner in De Leon & Washburn P.C., has been active in many Austin organizations. currently serves on the board of directors for The University of Texas Foundation Inc., the Brackenridge Development Council and the Children at Heart Ministries. He graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 and earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1973.
Windham, co-managing shareholder of the Austin office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1975 and from UT Austin School of Law in 1978. Windham has been active in the Austin community, serving as president of the Austin Museum of Art/Arthouse board of trustees, director of the Austin Longhorn Club and board member for the Austin Development Nature Conservancy among active membership in many other organizations.
Appleman, who is affiliated with Thompson & Knight L.L.P., earned a bachelor of arts degree from UT Austin in 1959 and earned his LL.B. from Harvard University Law School in 1962.He has been named a distinguished alumnus and honored by the College of Liberal Arts at UT with the college’s highest honor, the Pro Bene Meritis award.
Austin Community Advisory Council
Thanks to our wonderful Austin Community Advisory Council members who attended the annual meeting of the council members this week. Your partnerships and discussions of the issues are very helpful to the DDCE as we plan for our upcoming work.
Austin Chapter of National Black MBA Association Mixer Sept. 4
The UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) is co-sponsoring a mixer for the National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter.
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