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JUNE 2016

Dr. Gregory VincentMessage from Dr. Vincent

Earlier this month, the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper (GAAMBK) Initiative released its comprehensive report “My Brother’s Keeper: One Year Later.”  The report includes an overview of the 2016 SXSWedu Community Dialogue event as well as a status report of all of the work undertaken by GAAMBK over its first year.

In 2016, GAAMBK saw the initiative garner the public support of both Travis County and the city of Austin, the creation of vision and mission statements, the establishment of six local priority areas, and a policy scan inclusive of best practices from across the country.

MBK report from SXSWedu 2016Like last year, the Community Dialogue event was another rousing success and included the participation of local leaders, including Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo as well as a keynote address by Michael Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director of cabinet affairs for My Brother’s Keeper.

As I said at the SXSWedu Community Dialogue event, it’s clear that GAAMBK has the full backing of the city, county, and hundreds of our civic leaders. So now we must translate that support into action. The major push for 2016-17 will be the completion of our strategic plan. This will include finalizing our metric data at the subcommittee level to help us determine best practices, aligning with existing community organizations that can assist with best practice implementation, and communicating with parents, students, and businesses to increase civic involvement.

I encourage everyone to take the time to read the MBK report, I believe you’ll find it both interesting and informative. GAAMBK is doing great things for the Austin area, don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to get involved!

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


Asian American Community Leadership Awards and RAISE Awards Held June 8

UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and Vice President Gregory J. Vincent presented two Community Leadership Circle Awards, a Community Partnership Award, and the Legacy Award on June 8 at the City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center. For the second consecutive year, the UT Austin Asian and Asian American Faculty/Staff Association presented their RAISE Excellence Awards at the Community Leadership Awards (CLA) event as well.

CLA honorees included:

  • Mr. Rashed T. Islam, vice president of HDR Engineering, Community Leadership Circle
  • Mr. Paul Kim, CEO of ATX Environmental Solutions Community Leadership Circle
  • Refugee Services of Texas, Community Partnership Award
  • Ms. Victoria Li, national executive director of Asian Pacific American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), Legacy Award

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Honorees Paul Kim, Victoria Li and Rashed Islam joined family and friends at the Asian American Resource Center at the Sixth Annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony.

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Division of Housing and Food Services staff member Justin Samuel was honored by AAAFSA with a RAISE Award. Samuel celebrates with Dr. Soncia Reagens-Lilly (second from left), interim vice president for student affairs, and other members of the Student Affairs staff.

Project MALES Summer Academy Focuses on Middle School Students

DDCE’s Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) hosted its inaugural Summer Academy on June 15-17. The three-day academy was open to young men from four Austin ISD middle schools (Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Webb). It featured workshops and sessions that focused on building leadership skills, communication skills and creative activities. The first two days were held at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and the third day was held on the campus of UT-Austin.

Project MALES director Dr. Emmet Campos explains, “If you’re a parent or teacher, you’re probably familiar with the dreaded ‘summer brain drain.’ Decades of research confirm that summer learning loss is a real phenomenon, particularly for low-income students.” Read more.

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Summer Academy students at the Cesar Chavez statue on the UT Austin campus.

Emily Shryock in Russia

Emily Shryock, assistant director of SSD, just returned from an exciting trip to Moscow, where she participated in the wheelchair rugby exchange program. Now a lucky group of students from Moscow Pedagogical University are sporting their burnt orange pride! Hook'em!

Emily Shryock in Russia

Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Kuhn ScholarsThis summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE).  IE began in UT’s Graduate School in 1996; in 2006 IE became part of DDCE.

With a mission to educate citizen scholars, IE has enrolled more than 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students representing all of UT’s colleges and schools. More than 60% of the IE participants are either the first in their family to attend college, members of underrepresented minority groups or come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The program has been endorsed by dozens of university chancellors, presidents, and leaders in higher education. Dr. Rick Cherwitz, founder and director of IE and the Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor in Communication, said, “We are honored to have received so many awards and to be the subject of hundreds of publications and news stories. But most of all, we are humbled by the numerous accomplishment of our students.”

Hogg Foundation Celebrates 75 Years

Congratulations to the Hogg Foundation for celebrating their 75th Anniversary! See www.hogghistory.org for more about the history of the foundation.

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Ima Hogg

Editors: Leslie Blair, Kevin Almasy. Web: Jason Molin


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