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Recap: 2019 Community Leadership Awards

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On Thursday, May 2, the Office of the President and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement hosted the annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony, celebrating several outstanding students, organizations and civic leaders who are making an impact on campus and in the community. Below are some photos from this year’s celebration.

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Leonard N. Moore, vice president for diversity and community engagement and professor of history, provided a warm welcome to the crowd.

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Deborah Villarreal (center) gave a moving speech about her academic journey at The University of Texas at Austin. She is one of several UT-NetSpend Scholarship recipients who was honored at this year’s ceremony.

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John Hope Bryant kicked off the awards ceremony with a motivational speech about self-perseverance and economic empowerment. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Opera­tion HOPE, Inc., the largest nonprofit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults.

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Moore and UT President Gregory L. Fenves presented awards, commending all of the honorees for their many contributions to the university and the community. Pictured here are all of the 2019 award winners.

Community Partnership Awards

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Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Executive Director Darlene Lanham

Greater Mount Zion Church, Pastor Gaylon Clark

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National Hispanic Institute, President and Founder Ernesto Nieto

Community Legacy Awards

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Ada Anderson, civic leader and philanthropist

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Marcos de Leon, UT Austin alumnus and executive director of LULAC National Education Service Center Inc.

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Sumit DasGupta, vice president and member of the City of Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission, and vice chair of the City of Austin Bond Oversight Commission

Heman Sweatt Student Legacy Award

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Amie Jean, a spring 2019 McCombs School of Business graduate. Among her many achievements at UT Austin, Jean was a disability rights advocate and served as Student Government vice president. She also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.

We raise our horns to all of the 2019 Community Leadership Awards recipients and look forward to next year’s big event! All photos can be found on our Flickr site.