Expanding knowledge and inspiring discovery are at the heart of The University of Texas at Austin, which leads the nation in producing intrepid researchers and innovative scholars whose impact resonates through Texas and beyond. DDCE advances the university’s excellence in research by collecting and disseminating vast knowledge about the value of academic and campus diversity and community engagement.
DDCE also supports engaged scholarship with community roots, encourages research in campus and community learning and working environments, and implements best practices toward achieving academic and campus diversity. By sharing its knowledge—whether by publishing in journals and books, engaging in policy discussions, or presenting findings to local groups or audiences far and wide—DDCE provides solutions to critical issues in higher education and exerts a positive impact on students, faculty, staff, policymakers, and communities everywhere.
Unsettled by Eric Tang
Unsettled tells the harrowing stories of the Southeast Asian refugees who arrived in the Bronx following the Khmer Rouge genocide. The book delves into how and why the displaced migrants were resettled in the “hyperghetto,” arguing that refuge was never found and that rescue discourses masked a more profound urban reality of geographic enclosure, economic displacement, and unrelenting poverty.
Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education, edited by Victor Saenz, Luis Ponjuan and Julie Lopez Figueroa
As the number of Latinas/os attending college has actually increased steadily over the last few decades, the proportional representation of Latino males continues to slide relative to their Latina female counterparts. The book highlights several broad themes, including social-cultural factors, peer dynamics, and labor force demands that may be perpetuating the growing gender gap, and considers what lessons can be learned from research on the success of Latinas.
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Cross-Sector Collaboration as a Model for Improving Educational Outcomes by Victor Saenz, Luis Ponjuan
This Viewpoints Brief shares key insights that the statewide Consortium has employed in launching and sustaining a strategic, cross-sector effort that focuses on improving the educational outcomes for male students of color. The Brief examines the state and national context for males of color, highlighting key data trends. It also outlines program goals as well as a blueprint for action based upon lessons learned through collaboration with Consortium institutional partners.
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement seeks to transform learning, teaching, research and service in an effort to support an inclusive and diverse environment at The University of Texas at Austin. Key to our work is the Thematic Faculty Initiative that incorporates a three-tiered approach to prepare, recruit and retain faculty.
First, to support diverse students as they advance through graduate school and prepare for future academic careers, DDCE hires graduate research assistants who are mentored within the division’s many units and exposed to the value of working in an academic environment committed to diversity and inclusion. Second, in collaboration with colleges and schools across campus, DDCE recruits intellectually and culturally diverse faculty members, providing a line of funding for these hires. And third, DDCE provides fellowships to faculty members across the university whose research, teaching or special projects focus on diversity and community engagement issues.