Aids Service of Austin
The DDCE’s Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) and Aids Services of Austin (ASA) partner to increase enrollment and retention in essential HIV prevention, health, and support services for individuals at risk of acquiring HIV or living with HIV or AIDS. ASA provides free HIV testing and counseling to UT students at the GSC during fall and spring semesters. The DDCE provides the organization with $1,000 funding to support ASA’s programming efforts. Through close collaboration, both partners work to identify client needs and address systemic barriers to care by assuring that clients have access to high-quality culturally- and linguistically-appropriate services.
The Netspend Scholarship Program provides access to education, skill-building, and resources to help deserving Netspend customers increase their earning power, improve their quality of living, and reach their full potential. In 2019, the program provided over $250,000 in scholarships. The DDCE partnered with Netspend on this initiative to provide additional $1500 scholarships to 5 working adults, who are also single mothers, pursuing educational goals in Central Texas. Netspend executive leadership also participated as panelists in DDCE’s annual Heman Sweat Symposium on Civil Rights where they discussed the importance of corporate citizenship to the economic empowerment of their customers.
CAMPUS & UT-AFFILIATE PARTNERSHIP
UT Night at the Trail of Lights
The DDCE partners with several UT administrative units, the Texas Exes, and the Trail of Lights Foundation to host the annual UT Night at the Trail of Lights event, which attracts over 30,000 visitors. Led by the DDCE’s Office of the Vice President, the planning team collaborates on all event programming and communications/marketing for the event. The evening is filled with UT student performances, Zip tent activities, and includes a photo session with Hook ‘Em at the UT globe light display. This year, the team will grow the partnership to include collaboration on the Trail of Lights’ STARS outreach program, in which select nonprofits are provided private tours of the Trail before opening night.
Graduate Center Foundation & City University New York
The DDCE provided classroom spaces free of charge for the Graduate Center Foundation & City University New York to host day-long workshops with 65 academics, artists, activists and archivists to discuss the development of an LGBTQ of color national archive. The workshops were held while participants were in Austin for the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists Joint Annual Meeting.
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
DDCE supported the Metropolitan AME Church’s 2019 Men’s Conference with $500 sponsorship for programming. The event was for men and boys (ages 13-21) from the Austin area. It discussed mental health and its effect on school and community. Panelists included psychologists, a minister, community activists, and educators from The University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson.