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DDCE News

JANUARY 2021


A message from Dr. LaToya Smith

A Message From the VP

Dr. LaToya Smith shares her plans for the months ahead in this university-wide message.



Brandon Lawry

A World of Possibilities

Read about the impact the Sweatt Center for Black Males has made on Brandon Lawry, who is taking his architecture career outside the U.S. borders. 




MLK Graphic

Honoring MLK

Watch a video from the virtual Black Faculty & Staff Association's annual MLK Day Celebration, featuring a welcome from Dr. LaToya Smith. 




Book cover: John Thompson, An Autobiography

Black Student-Athlete Summit Spotlight

Read some highlights from Dr. Leonard Moore's Q&A session with NCAA experts Jesse Washington and Michael Jackson. 




Stephanie Lang

Open for Registration

Learn how to advocate for your community in the spring 2021 Community Classroom course




Drucie Chase with family

In Memoriam

We are saddened to report the recent passing of Mrs. Drucie Chase, wife of John Saunders Chase. She's pictured here with several members of the Chase family at the 2018 Evening of Honors. 



Virtual Events

Transformation Tuesday

What: Dr. LaToya Smith, vice president for diversity and community engagement, will discuss diversity on campus, and she will share her pathway to success for up-and-coming women executives at this virtual event hosted by WIELD Texas. 
When: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6-7 p.m. 
Where: Facebook Live  
Registerhttps://tinyurl.com/yy46ljyg 

Longhorn Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Virtual Event 

What: Join the GSC, LGBTQ Studies and UT Admissions for Longhorn Pride, a yearly event where you will meet students and alumni, learn about the Gender and Sexuality Center and LGBTQ Studies, and even have a chance to win giveaway prizes. 
When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 12-3 p.m. 
Where: Facebook
Registerhttps://bealonghorn.admissions.utexas.edu/register

State of Black UT 

What: The Black Studies Collective within the African and African Diaspora Studies Department is hosting a three-day virtual event that highlights the work UT Austin has done, is doing and needs to do to create an inclusive campus. Dr. LaToya Smith will be providing a welcome and will be participating in a conversation with President Jay Hartzell and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darrell Bazzell about UT's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
When: Feb. 10-12 (Wed-Thurs, 1-5 p.m./Friday, 11-1 p.m.) 
Where: the Warfield Center's Facebook page and YouTube.
Registerhttps://utexas.qualtrics.com/


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