The DDCE and the Office of the President celebrated three Austin-based cultural and resource centers and one community leader at the 12th annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.
Dr. Leonard N. Moore, interim vice president for diversity and community engagement, gave a warm welcome to the community members and organizations who have dedicated many years of service to the Greater Austin community. He also shared how the university’s Community Engagement Center will continue to strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships in its new East Austin home, the historic John Chase Building.
“Our Community Engagement center serves all communities in Austin,” Moore said. “We work with more than 400 community partners on issues related to education, the school to prison pipeline, economic development, social justice, health disparities and safety.”
UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves also provided welcome remarks, commending the 2018 recipients for leading, inspiring and uplifting so many in our city. He also shared how the university has changed its approach to celebrating community leaders.
“Instead of three events, we have one,” Fenves said. “One celebration for the people who add so much to the lives of so many. One celebration to recognize a united community. And what an important time in Austin, and in our nation, to make this statement — that though we take great pride in our individual cultures, our fates are all entwined.”
The 2018 Community Partnership Award Recipients
The Asian American Resource Center, Austin’s newest culture center that aims to empower the city’s diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, a resource for the community that aims to foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of Mexican American, Native American, Chicano and other Latino cultures.
The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, a space dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition of historical and cultural material reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African decent living in Austin.
The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano-Long Legacy Award Recipient
Hector De Leon, founder of De Leon Washburn & Ward, P.C. and adjunct professor in the School of Law, was honored for his many years of service to the university and several community organizations. He has served as chair of the DDCE’s advisory council since its inception in 2008.
Guests included faculty, staff, students and friends of the university community. Teresa and Joe Lozano Long were among several special guests in attendance. View more photos in our Flickr album.