Message from Dr. Vincent
I am both honored and excited to serve as vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Our division embraces and encourages diversity in all its forms. We strive for an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and robust learning environment. A free exchange of ideas requires mutual respect and consideration for our differences. It is important to think of diversity not as a path toward uniformity, but as a way to acknowledge and value everyone’s varied experiences. This is especially vital in the increasingly multicultural state of Texas and global marketplace. All students, regardless of their backgrounds, benefit from a diverse learning environment.
The DDCE is a successful model for integrating diversity into the core mission of a university and integrating community engagement into teaching, research and service. As well, we strive to connect the university’s intellectual resources to communities across Texas and offer education to those who may face the greatest challenges in accessing it.
The DDCE works with a broad range of student, faculty, staff and community constituents to help make The University of Texas at Austin a national model for diversity in higher education. I have been impressed with how the university is committed to diversity and to community-university partnerships. I look forward to working with President Fenves and the campus community to build on successful initiatives. In addition, I encourage you to look through our diversity website, where you will find information on events, activities, programs, opportunities and resources directly related to diversity issues. I invite your support and involvement in helping make our division a vital component to this revered institution.
About Dr. Vincent
In 2006, President William Powers Jr. promoted Dr. Gregory J. Vincent to Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the School of Law and the Department of Higher Education. Dr. Vincent also serves as the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership. Read Dr. Vincent’s complete biography.
The Vice President’s Fund for Excellence
The Vice President’s Fund for Excellence is part of an ongoing effort dedicated to securing gifts from a base of supporters who are committed to providing unrestricted annual gifts to the division. These funds make it possible for DDCE to sustain successful programs and initiatives and pursue new opportunities that allow us to continue as a model for excellence and innovation in higher education. Program and initiative beneficiaries of funds in 2011-12 included the Intellectual Entrepreneur Consortium, the Gateway Scholars STEM Initiative, Project MALES and the Community Engagement Incubator.
- Community Engagement, directed by Dr. Vincent
Since its founding in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin has had a rich history of community engagement and service, with service as a key component of its mission. With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, the university is building on its foundation of engagement in new ways.
- Academic Diversity Initiatives & Student Engagement, directed by Dr. Leonard Moore
The Academic Diversity Initiatives and Pre-College Youth Development group focuses on building a pipeline to college for underrepresented, low-income, and first generation K-16 students; assisting with the recruitment, retention, and graduation of these students; and encouraging undergraduates to attend graduate or professional school.
- Equity and Access, directed by Dr. Jennifer Maedgen
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) is committed to advancing a learning and working environment that is equitable and accessible to all individuals. Of paramount importance to this work are our units and staff dedicated to disability services and the Office of Institutional Equity. Based in the philosophy that all individuals should be assured equal access and opportunity, these areas and units are committed to serving the university in fulfilling the intent and spirit of equal opportunity laws as well as fostering awareness within the University community.
Staff and Advisory Council
The DDCE team spans dozens of units, organizations and partnerships. View the profiles of our key staff.
We have an active advisory council of amazing, engaged UT community members. View the profiles of our advisory council.
We also have many local partners on our Austin Community Advisory Council. View the members and read the report from our last meeting.
Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building 12
1 University Station, G1050
Austin, TX 78712
DDCE Communications Office
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