Your Community, Your Stories: Cultural Place-keeping in the Age of Growth and Gentrification
Recap |April 2019
On April 16, 2019, UT’s Center for Community Engagement hosted its final Front Porch Gathering (FPG) of the 2018-2019 season. The April gathering focused on brainstorming interventions that preserve cultural and historical landmarks for Austin’s underrepresented populations.
The event was held at VESPER, (located in the historically relevant community off East 14th and Airport and formally the Ethiopian Church) and food was provided by Niella Catering. Guests in attendance included community residents of the surrounding neighborhoods in Central East Austin, students from the University of Texas at Austin, local artists, educators, church leaders, and community stakeholders. Read more.
November Front Porch Gathering
“Disproportionate Disciplinary Action in Schools: A Guide for Parents”
November’s Front Porch Gathering (FPG) entitled “Disproportionate Disciplinary Action in Schools: A Guide for Parents” will no longer be held on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 and has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 pm. The event will now be held at Turner Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr, Austin, TX 78724. Food will be provided from Lucille’s Catering.
We apologize for the last minute change and hope you can join us on the new date.
Recent reports from both AISD (Austin Independent School District) and PISD (Pflugerville Independent School District) reveal disproportionate disciplinary action affecting Black and Latinx students K-12. This observed systemic criminalization of Black and Brown bodies is troubling and problematic, serving to disrupt the academic success and mental health of students and sometimes, family connection. Join the Center for Community Engagement and its partners to build a guide to assist parents and guardians learn to advocate for and provide resources to Black and Brown students.
We invite students, parents and community leaders to help us build a guide book that identifies tools to navigate disciplinary practices and assemble resources to support Black and Latinx students in Central Texas and ensure their success.
If you would like to volunteer for the event please fill out the our FPG volunteer form.
Beginning September 28, the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement will hold Community Drop-in Hours the last Friday of every month 9 a.m.-noon at various locations around Austin.
“DDCE staff would like to make themselves available to our more than 300 community partners and to individuals who are affiliated with or would like to get involved with our community initiatives,” said Leonard N. Moore, vice president for diversity and community engagement. “We see this as an easy way to connect with community members across the Austin area and extend the university’s outreach.”
Locations for the last Friday Community Drop-in Hours and the staff who will be available are as follows:
- Vice-President Leonard Moore, Austin Area Urban League (8001A Cameron Road, Building A-100, Austin, TX 78754). Dr. Moore will be available to discuss any issues pertaining to the DDCE.
- Director of the Community Engagement Center Virginia A. Cumberbatch, Centennial Towers (505 E. Huntland Dr., Suite 270, Austin, TX 78752). Ms. Cumberbatch will be available to discuss issues related to East Austin, the Front Porch Gatherings, nonprofit leadership and community partnerships.
- Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Economic Development Suchitra Gururaj, Student Services Building 4.436, 100 Dean Keeton, Austin, TX 78712. Dr. Gururaj will be available to discuss academic service learning initiatives and support on campus as well as campus partnerships for student engagement.
- Assistant Vice President for School Partnerships Patrick K. Patterson, Centennial Towers (505 E. Huntland Dr., Suite 270, Austin, TX 78752). Mr. Patterson will be available to discuss K-12 education issues.
- Director of the African American Male Research Initiative and coordinator of the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Ryan Sutton, Austin Area Urban League (8001A Cameron Road, Building A-100, Austin, TX 78754). Dr. Sutton will be available to discuss issues related to the MBK initiative.
- Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ruben Cantu, Impact Hub (5540 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756). Mr. Cantu will be available to discuss issues around economic development, start-ups and entrepreneurship.
- Director of Institutional Partnerships Milly Lopez, Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement (University of Texas Main Bldg., Suite 302, Austin, TX 78712). Ms. Lopez will be available to discuss corporate and institutional partnerships.
For more information, please call 512-232-4621.
On Monday, March 5 the DDCE and several campus partners will host two events commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 Kerner Commission Report, a historic study published in 1968 that provided a comprehensive account of race and inequality in America.
April 2017 Front Porch Gathering:
Health Disparities in Communities of Color and the Impact on Mental Wellness
Abriendo Brecha 2017
February 2017 Front Porch Gathering:
The Impact of Gentrification on Longstanding Residents of Austin’s East Side