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Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law


Community Leadership Awards at the MACC Honor AISD, HWNT, Colmenero and Loredo

The University of Texas at Austin honored two community organizations and two UT alumni with Community Leadership Awards at the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center November 3. More than 300 celebrated the honorees at the two-hour event, which was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement.

Community Partnership Awards

Austin Independent School District – AISD serves 85,000 students across 129 school communities. This year the district achieved its highest graduation rate–86.3%, a 12 percentage point increase since 2008. U.S. News & World Report ranks five AISD high schools as the best in the nation and Newsweek ranked LASA, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, as the best high school in Texas. On hand to accept the AISD award were Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz and AISD Board President Gina Hinijosa.

AISD awardAISD Board President Gina Hinijosa and Superintendent Paul Cruz accept the Community Partnership Award from UT President Greg Fenves and Vice President Gregory J. Vincent.

Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas – The HWNT has advanced the educational, cultural, and economic well-being of Hispanic women for nearly three decades. Since its launch, the network  has sponsored the Women’s Rights to Vote Celebration, Hispanic Summit and Emerging Leaders Conference, and the annual HWNT State Conference. Accepting the award for HWNT were Executive Director Lupe Morin, State Board Chair Dora Trinidad-Campos, and Austin Chapter Board Chair, Elizabeth Medina.

awards acceptanceHWNT State Chair Dora Trinidad-Campos, Executive Director Lupe Morin, and Austin Chapter Chair Elizabeth Medina were on hand to accept the Community Partnership Award for HWNT.

Community Leadership Circle Award – Rudy Colmenero

Rudy Colmenero, founding partner of Mitchell & Colmenero, LLP and a CPA, was honored for his work in the community for such organizations as Con Mi Madre, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, KLRU and St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. A “double” UT Austin graduate, Rudy is a member of the UT Austin Planned Giving Advisory Board, too.

UT Community Leadership Awards 3 Nov 2015Community Leadership Circle honoree Rudy Colmenero (far left) with former City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and current Mayor Steve Adler.

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Legacy Award – Dr. Judith G. Loredo

Long-time educator Dr. Judith G. Loredo received the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Legacy Award for her work in education. Dr. Loredo overcame numerous childhood learning disabilities to earn a master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Our Lady of the Lake University and a doctorate in Educational Administration from UT Austin. She was superintendent at San Antonio’s Southside ISD,  served as Dean of Academic Support at Huston-Tillotson University for more than 20 years and as chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Starting in 2008, she led the Division of P-16 Initiatives as Assistant Commissioner at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She retired briefly, but has since returned to higher education and is working at the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University.

Judith LoredoJoe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Legacy Award recipient Dr. Judith G. Loredo delivered comments on behalf of all Community Leadership Award honorees.

CADE Award Presented to Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, was honored Sunday, Nov. 15, with the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence Distinguished Service Award at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ annual meeting.

Dr. George Belle, chair of the Selection Committee; Dr. Kevin Rome, president of Lincoln University and CADE chair; and APLU president Dr. RoSusan Bartee, presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Vincent.
Dr. George Belle, chair of the Selection Committee; Dr. Kevin Rome, president of Lincoln University and CADE chair; and APLU president Dr. RoSusan Bartee, presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Vincent.

Vincent was selected based on his many years of work in diversity, equity and social justice. He is the longest serving senior diversity officer in higher education and has created a comprehensive model for community engagement and diversity at The University of Texas at Austin.

Access & Excellence magazine coverAccess & Excellence Magazine

We are happy to announce that the DDCE’s first magazine, Access & Excellence, is now available in print and online!

Published biannually by the DDCE’s communications team, this first issue focuses on our education pipeline initiatives, spotlighting several programs throughout the university including the Law School’s Youth Court and the Provost Office’s student success initiatives. The magazine also highlights alumni success stories and research by our thematic faculty hires.

Please feel free to stop by the FAC to pick up a copy. You can also read the stories online: http://ddce.utexas.edu/magazine/

We are always looking for good story ideas, so please feel free to send news tips our way! Contact Jessica Sinn at: sinnjessica@austin.utexas.edu

Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Holds Fall Executive Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, October 27, the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (GAA MBK) held it’s first Executive Committee meeting on the UT Austin campus. Community leaders from the city, county, civic organizations, UT Austin, ACC, non-profits, and others joined for a lengthy discussion to determine the direction of the local priorities and establish taskforce committees for GAA MBK. Additionally, the Executive Committee heard from mayor Steve Adler (pictured to the right) and Susan Dawson, President and CEO of the E3 Alliance (pictured below) who provided an assessment of data on local boys and young men of color in the Austin area.

Facts noted by Dawson included the following:

  • Girls are much more likely than boys to be kindergarten-ready  (57% v. 48%).
  • Hispanic and Black males are 10 times more likely to be retained in the ninth grade; those retained in the ninth grade are 10 times more likely to drop out of school.
  • Median income for a high school graduate is $19,408; for a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree is $50,744.
  • White students at eighth grade are four times more likely than Black or Hispanic students to be proficient at eighth-grade algebra.

Mayor Adler told the group, “We all know that the sun rises in the east. The future of Austin rises or falls in our east as well.”

“We have to figure out how we use the strength and resources that exist in this community right now to ensure that there is equal opportunity and access for everybody that lives in this city. We have to do that because our city’s future and spirit and soul of who we are depends upon our ability to do that and do that well,” he said.

At the meeting, Dr. Vincent also announced that the GAA MBK will be convening at the SXSWedu conference for the second year in a row this March. Be on the lookout for more information on the SXSWedu event in the months to come.

Patrick Patterson, Assistant Vice President of The Longhorn Center for School Partnerships discusses the importance of mentoring with fellow Executive Committee members.Patrick Patterson, Assistant Vice President of The Longhorn Center for School Partnerships discusses the importance of mentoring with fellow Executive Committee members. Susan Dawson, E3 President and Executive Director, presents her findings to the GAA MBK Executive Committee. Susan Dawson, E3 President and Executive Director, presents her findings to the GAA MBK Executive Committee.

Adapted Sports Night

Paralympian gold medalist Jen Lee and other talented athletes including wheelchair rugby standout Jeff Butler, basketball player Mike Haynes, 2015 paralympics track competitor Kristen Messer and top paratriathelete Patricia Walsh, joined UT Austin students at Adapted Sports Night In celebration of Disability Awareness Month. The event was hosted by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), Recreational Sports and Student Government at Gregory Gymnasium in October 20.

Emily Shryock, assistant director of SSD, said Adapted Sports Nights not only highlights the many accomplished athletes who live in Austin but helps bring awareness to the variety of adapted sports available for people with disabilities. “It also exposes students with disabilities to the many options available for them to participate in sport and fitness activities,” she said.

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Editors: Leslie Blair, Jessica Sinn. Web: Jason Molin

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