Fall 2020 Welcome Program Events
Adelante: September 1-4
– Hosted by Latinx Community Affairs
– Sept 2 at 7pm: Music Mixer Night – Meet other UT24 Latinx Students via Zoom at this link here. Attend the second day of Adelante week for a fun mixer in which you get to listen to music and meet the rest of your UT ’24 community. Follow train and group me introduced!
– Sept 3 at 7pm: Movie Night: Selena – Free tickets go live at 10AM at this link here. Attend the third day of Adelante week for a chill night to take the stress off of the beginning of the semester – watch Selena with us! An Eventbrite account will have to be created but it is at no cost! A group me is also connected to the event so we can ‘talk’ during the movie.
You Bring Out the Asian American in Me: September 3, 6PM
– Hosted by Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective
– Register at bit.ly/YBO2020
Four Directions: September 4, 4PM-6PM
– Hosted by Native American Indigenous Collective
– Via Zoom at this link here
All welcome program events will be virtual. Please check back for zoom links and details as they become available.
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Who We Are
The Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) is a student resource office which is a part of Student Diversity Initiatives, a unit within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, that supports a culturally diverse campus and helps cultivate a positive campus climate.
The MEC houses six student-run agencies, provides leadership development opportunities, presents peer-facilitated social justice and education trainings, offers a number of support services to student organizations, and hosts community outreach programs such as culturally relevant campus tours and student panels. For many students, the MEC is a great place to access resources and for others, it is a home away from home.
Originally named the Minority Information Center, the MEC was established by students in 1988 as an agency of Student Government (SG) to support Black and Latino students. During the early 1990s, the Center expanded its bylaws to include Native American and Asian American students. In 1998, the Center became part of the Office of Student Affairs and two full-time staff members were hired to oversee the office’s operations. In addition to administrative changes, the Center added a new agency, Students for Equity & Diversity and changed its name to the Multicultural Information Center to better reflect the expanded mission, which included resources for students who were not considered to be “minorities.”
In 2007, the Center became part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement which was created under the direction of President William Powers to foster a more inclusive climate on campus. In 2009, the Center added a new student agency, Queer People of Color and Allies. In January 2011, the Center relocated to its current space in the newly built Student Activity Center in the heart of campus. Along with the move, the Center adopted a new name, the Multicultural Engagement Center, to better reflect its evolving mission. The MEC continues to serve as a resource for students of color at The University of Texas at Austin as well as empowers them to be the agents of social change.
Student Support Services and Resources
- Students can call Student Emergency Services at 512-471-5017 with emergency food needs or fill out this request form (requires UT EID to access): https://bit.ly/2vGpg8m
- UT Counseling and Mental Health Center’s Crisis Line (512-471-2255) will continue to operate 24/7; during regular business hours (M-F, 8-5), students seeking CMHC services or who are experiencing a crisis should call 512-471-3515 and choose option 3.
- To get more information about applying to the GSC Crisis Fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dean Reagins-Lilly’s resource list: https://studentaffairs.utexas.
- College Student Resources for Covid-19