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As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin

Sixty years after the University of Texas at Austin opened its doors to African American students, this book recounts the story of UT’s integration through profiles of some twenty-five students, faculty, and administrators. Edited by Gregory J. Vincent, Virginia A. Cumberbatch, and Leslie A. Blair

Hogg Foundation Mental Health Guide

Navigating mental health systems and services in Texas can be daunting, even for advocates and policymakers. The maze of behavioral health services is complex, making it difficult to understand and difficult to improve. The Hogg Foundation prepares a new edition of the Mental Health Guide to coincide with each Texas legislative session to help inform mental health and substance use policy analysis, development and decision-making. The intended audience for this guide includes legislators, legislative staff, state agency staff, advocates with lived experience, family advocates, mental health providers and other stakeholders interested in mental health and substance use policy.

Access Magazine

The Communications Team at the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement publishes the Access magazine twice a year, highlighting the work of its community of scholars, alumni and friends.

Faculty Book Spotlight

To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with the same contrasts. While nonviolent direct action is remembered as an unassailable part of American democracy, the movement’s militancy is either vilified or erased outright. In The Sword and the Shield, Peniel E. Joseph upends these misconceptions and reveals a nuanced portrait of two men who, despite markedly different backgrounds, inspired and pushed each other throughout their adult lives. This is a strikingly revisionist biography, not only of Malcolm and Martin, but also of the movement and era they came to define.

Multimedia

History of the Black Experience

In this 7-part webinar series, George W. Littlefield Professor in American History Leonard Moore walks learners through the Black experience in America with a particular emphasis on the period from 1865 to the present. This series highlights historical issues/themes that best connect to contemporary Black life in America.

Into the Fold: Issues in Mental Health

Hosted by “Ike at the Mic,” the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s public affairs representative Ike Evans, the series captures the human implications of mental health and the factors that influence it, bringing you conversations with mental health experts, consumers, advocates, practitioners, researchers and community leaders from across Texas and beyond.

Zumbi

Named in honor of Afro-Brazilian Freedom Fighter Zumbi dos Palmares, ZUMBI brings you interviews with community members whose work informs and impacts the beauty and richness of Black life throughout the diaspora. ZUMBI host, Stephanie L. Lang, is a multi-generational Austin resident and community curator working to preserve the history and legacy of Black people throughout the diaspora with a special focus on Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. As host of ZUMBI for over a decade, Ms. Lang is committed to bringing listeners access to a myriad of guests whose work is about and for the Black community. Ms. Lang is the Equity and Community Advocacy Director at DDCE’s Center for Community Engagement.

Reference centers

Texas Grant Resource Center (TGRC)

The TGRC serves as a bridge between grant-seeking and grant-making communities. The TGRC contains core publications from The Foundation Center, the leading source of philanthropy information, as well as other major materials in fund development, grants, and nonprofit management. It provides free access to multiple Foundation Center online funding research tools. The TGRC offers consultations and orientations for funding research, for both nonprofit organizations and individuals. In keeping with its original commitment to make information accessible to all, the TGRC is open to everyone, free of charge.

Disability Advocate Resource Library

Services for Students with Disabilities curated this library of resources to help university and community members practice inclusion with intention.

The Ana Sisnett Library

The Gender and Sexuality Center offers a large collection of literature including books, magazines, and DVDs. Take a look at the catalogue of resources through Library Thing.

Multicultural Engagement Center’s Social Justice Lending Library

Visit the MEC to find an assortment of books that focus on activism & organizing, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and so much more. If you are interested in borrowing a book from the library, or have books you would like to donate, please contact Hollie Yang (hyang@austin.utexas.edu). Books can be checked out for one-month periods with one opportunity to renew once per semester. Take a look at the catalogue of resources through Library Thing.

Additional Resources

Diversity resources about Gentrification in Austin

Austin’s 1928 and 1929 Master Plans

Gentrified: A Facebook webinar series about gentrification in Austin

Texas Freedom Colonies Project Atlas & Study

Six Square Cultural District: Six Square is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates and preserves the great arts, culture and history of Central East Austin. Named for the six square miles of the former “negro” district, Six Square is a visionary leader and powerful partner for major projects that preserve, promote, and sustain black arts, history and culture. We are the only state designated black cultural district in Texas.

Inheriting Inequality: An Austin American Statesman in-depth three-part series examining how the poisonous legacy of segregation continues to cut off the African-American population from economic opportunities and its own cultural anchors, threatening the whole region’s potential.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories: From the 1928 ‘City Plan’ that segregated Austin, to 21st century gentrification, this documentary explores the untold story of civil rights in Austin, Texas. Austin has a reputation for being a ’progressive’ city. Is Austin really progressive on race? Produced by KLRU in Austin, Texas.

Hopewell School and the Rosenwald Fund: Before Old Hopewell became a district-wide meeting space, the building served as the District’s segregated school for African American students from 1922 to 1966.

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America lets users visualize the maps of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) on an unprecedented scale.

“Austin Failed At Desegregation Before. That History Influences Today’s School Closure Decisions”: Report by KUT’s Claire McInerny

Uprooted Project – an initiative led by three University of Texas faculty members to provide research and policy analysis in order to better inform local actions in combatting displacement.

Development Without Displacement Coalition – Coalition of Austin representatives of various community advocates for affordable housing and anti-displacement programming in high-risk gentrifying areas.

The University of Texas at Austin diversity learning resources

UT Learn and LinkedIn Learning: Trainings available to all UT staff and faculty for free (requires EID log-in)

Coursera Collection of Diversity & Inclusion Courses: Coursera has curated a collection of diversity and inclusion courses available to learners to audit for free

Resources on Equity and Anti-Racism Curated by The Coalition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers: These are resources on equity and anti-racism to help broaden the understanding of race and racism including how racism and anti-blackness have manifested and are manifesting in people’s lives – personally, societally, systemically, and institutionally – and how to cultivate anti-racism and better support black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), including queer people of color.

Diversity resources about The University of Texas at Austin

UT Racial Geography Tour: The Racial Geography Tour is an interactive guided exploration of the historic origins of the University of Texas at Austin’s buildings, landmarks, and spaces with Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Vice Provost for Diversity at UT. Through 360º videos, learn about how ideas of race and gender are sedimented in the architecture, landscape, and layout of the campus.

As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin: Sixty years after the University of Texas at Austin opened its doors to African American students, this book recounts the story of UT’s integration through profiles of some twenty-five students, faculty, and administrators. Edited by Gregory J. Vincent, Virginia A. Cumberbatch, and Leslie A. Blair

“A Secret 1950s Strategy to Keep Out Black Students”: An Atlantic article written by Asher Price about how UT used standardized testing to slow down integration during the Civil Rights Era

Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin by Almetris M. Duren

Integrating the 40 Acres: the Fifty-year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas by Dwonna Goldstone