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Front Porch Gathering to Address Social and Economic Equity

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Faculty, staff students and community members are invited to the Front Porch Gathering event titled “Pursuing Social and Economic Equity through Innovation” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Austin American-Statesman Conference Center, 305 S. Congress Ave.

Austin continues to establish itself as an innovation hub, nurturing the technology sector, start-up and health innovation. However, as the social and economic demographics in Central Texas continue to shift, the realities of economic opportunity, resource equity, access and failure to develop inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship can be discouraging. Austin cannot constitute itself as an innovative and progressive city if the immense prosperity, thought leadership and resources developed in this region are out of reach to Austin’s most vulnerable and historically underserved communities.

Join the Office of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship (a newly established unit within the DDCE), community residents, innovation thought leaders and diversity advocates for an exploration of the current resources, systems and approaches to penetrating, disrupting and accessing Austin’s economic innovation engines.

The event is free and open to the public. Food provided by Da Slice. Free parking is available in the back lot.

More about the Front Porch Gatherings: The Community Engagement Center’s Front Porch Gathering represents UT’s open door to the Austin community, providing time and space for community collaboration. The monthly gatherings work to address issues of equity, disparity and access through active engagement and connects UT research and resources with community organizations and members.


Upcoming Front Porch Gathering Events (locations TBD)

November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Disproportionate Disciplinary Action in Schools: A Guide for Parents

February 19, 6:30 p.m.
The Architecture of Food Deserts and Health Services

April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Cultural Preservation and Place Making in the Age of Growth and Gentrification

For more information about the Front Porch Gathering, please call: (512) 232-8586 or visit this website.