The Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males (Sweatt Center) is a faculty-led academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among African American males. The Sweatt Center includes a research focus that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and concerned citizens on how best to create and maintain a culture of Black male excellence in K-16 settings. This research guides a hands-on practical approach to help the Sweatt Center achieve its major goals: to increase the four-year graduation rate for African American males at The University of Texas at Austin and to increase the number of Black males attending four-year colleges and universities across the state of Texas.
Housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Sweatt Center partners with local and national organizations to provide professional development and special events for undergraduates and opportunities for the undergrads to mentor younger African American males.
Programs and Services
- Black Student-Athlete Summit (annual summit discussing issues of Black athletes)
- Collegiate Black Male Retreat (connect with collegiate Black males from across the country)
- Power Hours (weekly empowerment meetings with FREE FOOD)
- Free academic tutoring in popular courses (science, math, writing, psychology, etc.)
- Wall Street and Silicon Valley exposure trips
- AMP’d Mentorship Program (mentorship from Black male faculty, staff, and industry professionals)
- Internship Program
- Study Abroad opportunities (including China, Costa Rica, and South Africa)
- College For A Day (opportunity to expose high school males to higher education)
- Academic advising, resumes, mock interview, career counseling and more!
- Black Male Education Research Collection
RYAN M. SUTTON, PH.D. Director, Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males
Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Howard University and has published on African American youth and mental health, juvenile justice and academic achievement
LEONARD N. MOORE, PH.D., Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement; Littlefield Professor of American History
Moore was named vice president for diversity and community engagement in June 2018 after serving as interim VP for a year and senior associate VP for four years. Moore earned a B.A. from Jackson State University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
DARREN KELLY, PH.D., Deputy to the Vice President, DDCE
Previously Kelly was director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and chief of staff for Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from UT Austin in sports management.
LOUIS HARRISON, PH.D., Professor, College of Education
Harrison is a full professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is the nation’s leading expert on racial identity and the African American Athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. from LSU.
DEVIN WALKER, PH.D., Director of Global Leadership and Social Impact
Walker leads DDCE’s initiative to prepare students for the 21st century global workforce through innovative programming, including the 100 passports program. He earned his bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. at UT Austin.
MALIK A. CROWDER, Assistant Director, Multicultural Engagement Center
Crowder was the inaugural academic advisor for the UT Black Studies program and helped launch a successful program in Undergraduate Studies. He earned his M.S. in human development at Abilene Christian University.
G. CHRISTOPHER CUTKELVIN, Program Coordinator, DDCE
Cutkelvin earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy. He is a founding member of the Collegiate 100 in Houston and has served in leadership roles for NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha.
JAMES C. BROWN, PH.D., Instructional Support Coordinator, STEM
After a distinguished career in the tech industry at Motorola, 3M and IBM, Brown now leads the STEM initiative in Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. He holds a doctorate in physics from Cornell.
BRANDON JONES, PH.D., Associate Director for Student Learning and Development, Housing and Dining
Jones holds a BFA and a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UT Arlington. His research interests include intercollegiate athletics and student achievement.
ANDEL FILS-AMIE, ED.D., Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
Previously Fils-Amie was assistant director of Student Conduct at the University of Central Florida. He earned a BA from Florida State University, an MA from University of Hawaii at Manoa and an EdD from University of Central Florida.
Daron K. Roberts, J.D., Founding Director, Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLI)
Roberts is a Harvard Law grad turned NFL Coach. Now at UT, he leads CSLI and is a lecturer in the Liberal Arts Honors program. He holds a BA from UT’s Plan II Httonors Program and an MA in public policy and a JD from Harvard.
BRYAN CARRINGTON, Director of Recruiting for Texas Athletics
Carrington came to UT Austin after working as a football recruiting assistant at the University of Houston for two years. He holds a B.S. in Sports Administration and Management from U of H.
PATRICK K. PATTERSON, Assistant Vice President for School Partnerships
Patterson oversees all of DDCE’s pre-college academic readiness programs. He earned a master’s in education from Chicago State University and was a highly acclaimed principal at Austin’s LBJ HS for six years.
JAYLEN WRIGHT, San Jose, California.
Wright earned his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and sociology from Texas A&M University where he ran track as a 110m and 400m hurdler. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Health Behavior and Health Education.
DELANDO CROOKS, Atlanta, Georgia.
Crooks earned his bachelors in communication studies and master’s in learning, diversity, and urban studies from Vanderbilt University where he also played football. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education.
JAVIER WALLACE, Austin, Texas.
Wallace earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida A&M University where he also played offensive lineman for the Rattler Football Team. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education.
CHASE MOORE, Los Angeles, California.
Moore earned his bachelors in Sociology from The University of Texas where he also played football for the Texas Longhorns. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy in the Educational Policy and Planning Program.
NATHAN JONES, DeSoto, Texas.
Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Morehouse College. After working in impact investing, he is currently pursuing an MBA.