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DDCE Fall 2019 Welcome Events

By Jessica Sinn

The fall semester begins on Thursday, Aug. 29, and the campus will soon be buzzing with carnival games, ice cream socials, resource fairs and more! In addition to the large-scale university-wide events, there are several welcome events offered by several student-serving units and centers within the DDCE that can help new and returning Longhorns find their communities on campus.

image of student holding sign First-Gen Longhorns

Contact the DDCE for more details: 512-471-3212, ddce@utexas.edu.

First-Gen Kick-Off Weekend
What: Come meet first-generation students, faculty and staff at the UT-LSU Football Tailgate Party and the First-Gen Student Workshops and President’s Office Tour.
When: Tailgate party: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2-4 p.m.; workshops and tour: Sunday, Sept. 8, 12:30-4 p.m.
Where: Tailgate party: Sanchez Building (SZB, Northeast Plaza); workshops and tour: Student Activity Center (SAC, room 2.410)
RSVP: Tailgate party
RSVP: Workshops and tour


image of students at tableGender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Contact the GSC for more information: 512-232-1831, gsc@austin.utexas.edu. Location:  Student Activity Center (SAC), room 2.112

GSC Open House
What: Stop by the GSC to learn more about its many offerings. The event will include fun activities and tours of the center.
When: 5-6:30 p.m., Aug. 27
Where: Student Activity Center (SAC), room 2.112

Feminist Dessert Social
What: Enjoy sugary snacks and good company while learning about the intersectional feminist work that students are doing—and what you can do too!
When: 7-8 p.m., Aug. 28
Where: Student Activity Center (SAC), room 2.112


image of dancing studentsMulticultural Engagement Center (MEC)

Contact the MEC for more information: 512-232-2958, mec@austin.utexas.edu. Location: Student Activity Center (SAC), room 1.102

New Black Student Weekend Block Party (Afrikan American Affairs)
What: The Block Party is a celebratory event that promotes undergraduate success. The event also informs students about resources available on campus that will enhance their college experience.
When: 5 p.m., Aug. 23
Where: Jester, Spanish Oaks Terrace

¡Adelante! (Latino Community Affairs)
What: Adelante is a resource fair geared toward Latinx students. The fair is open to all students and will feature food, music, various fun activities and prizes.
When: 5 p.m., Aug. 28
Where: Gregory Gym Arena

Bloq Party (Queer People of Color and Allies)
What: The Bloq Party is a resource fair and welcome event to support  LGBTQ+ students. The fair is open to all students and will feature music, various fun activities and prizes.
When: 5 p.m., Aug. 29
Where: East Mall

Four Directions (Native American and Indigenous Collective)
What: Four Directions is a welcome event and resource fair, open to everyone. Four Directions is designed for incoming first-year and transfer students who are Native American and Indigenous in order to help give them a sense of community, presence and belonging on campus, and to give other people in the UT community a greater insight into the native and indigenous presence at UT Austin.
When: 5 p.m., Sept. 3
Where: Student Activity Center, Black Box Space

Justice Jubilee (Students for Equity and Diversity)
What: Justice Jubilee is a resource fair geared toward students with emerging interests in social justice, including environmental justice, racial justice and more. The fair is open to all students and will feature various fun activities and prizes and opportunities to engage in social justice work.
When: 5-7 p.m., Sept. 5
Where: Gregory Gym Plaza

YBO: You Bring Out the Asian in Me (Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective)
What: YBO is both a resource fair and concert for incoming students. The YBO resource fair provides opportunities to find student organizations and professional development opportunities. The event culminates in a concert by a prominent Asian American artist.
When: 4 p.m., performance at 5 p.m., Sept. 6
Where: Texas Union Ballroom


image of student advocates Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

For more details about RSVP-only events, contact SSD at 512-471-6259, 512-410-6644 (video phone), ssd@austin.utexas.edu. Location: Student Services Building (SSB), room 4.206. Website: diversity.utexas.edu/disability/

Accommodation Orientation
What: You’ve had your intake appointment, now what? Designed for incoming students, come learn and discuss how to use accommodations at UT from current UT Students and SSD staff.
When: 4:30-6 p.m., Aug. 28
Where: Student Services Building (SSB), room 4.206
RSVP Required.

Make-Up Accommodation Orientation
What: Can’t come to Accommodation Orientation on August 28? Sign up for this make up session! Required for all incoming students registered with SSD.
When: 4:30-6 p.m., Sept. 5
Where: Student Services Building (SSB), room 4.206
RSVP Required.

Tea and Tech at SSD
What: Do you have questions about testing at SSD, using the SSD Student Web Portal or other types of apps or assistive technology? Drop by for a few minutes or stay the whole hour and enjoy snacks while chatting with SSD students and staff. No RSVP required.
When: 4-5 p.m., Sept. 11
Where: Student Services Building (SSB), room 4.206

disABILITY Advocacy Student Coalition (DASC) Info Session
What: Want to meet other students and get involved with disability awareness and advocacy on campus? Come learn more about DASC!
When: 6 p.m., Sept. 4 and Sept. 10
Where: TBD. Email dascatut@gmail.com for information.