When the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT Austin created the African American Male Research Institute (AAMRI), Project MALES, and launched the Longhorn Campaign for Men of Color (LCMC), we also realized that women of color face their own unique set of issues to access and achievement. We decided to expand our programming for these young women too, and created the Fearless Leadership Institute (FLI) – a new academic and personal development initiative for women of color. Recognizing the importance of both personal and professional growth for these young women, FLI has two programmatic areas: Soul Sisters and SHE.E.O. Undergraduates in Soul Sisters will receive advice and wisdom about home life, dating, friendships and other individual issues to guide better life choices. Young women participating in SHE.E.O., like C.E.O., will learn what it takes to succeed in the business world, from interviewing to workplace etiquette.
Through local, state, and national partnerships, FLI provides extensive professional development, mentorship, and special events for female undergraduates. FLI currently partners with Huston-Tillotson University and The Links, Incorporated, an international volunteer-service organization of women with more than 270 chapters located throughout the United States. In addition, FLI will host social outings, like kayaking on Ladybird Lake. I believe the University of Texas at Austin can positively impact and improve the lives of students of color throughout the state, and have fun while doing so. We have community partnerships, committed resources, innovative research, and evidence-based practices to create a culture of success both professionally and personally for women of color in Texas. I hope you will join me in supporting the Fearless Leadership Institute.
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law