5th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute

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April 17, 2018 Pre-Conference
$100 register today
April 18-19, 2018 Conference
$300 register today

Call for Abstracts Open
Submit for Podium & Poster (space is limited podium deadline Jan 19th &  poster deadline March 1st)

What to expect at the conference:

  • Focus on culturally inclusive practices to advocate for social justice, enhance equity and promote patient-centered research
  • Learn from your colleagues…podium presentations selected from the best abstract submissions from around the nation
  • Learn from the community…experience the Community Market highlighting community-engagement strategies to improve health and promote equity
  • Mentoring Pre-conference addresses the importance of developing mentoring relationships
  • Community/Patient Engagement Workshop facilitates new understanding of how patients and communities are engaging to improve care
  • Experience a personal journey overcoming the social determinants of health
  • Continuing Education provided for nurses and social workers

Conference Location:
San Antonio Texas Historic Menger Hotel



Posted in Events, Research

Looking for a Graduate Research Assistant for the Possible Selves Research Study

The Possible Selves Research Study is “An Intervention to Promote Healthy Behavior in Homeless Youth,” funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

We are seeking a graduate student from the School of Nursing or the School of Social Work to dedicate 5 to 10 hours per week providing interventions to homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24 at local drop-in centers.

For further inquiry please contact:

Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
, Denton & Louise Cooley and Family Centennial Professor in Nursing, Director, PhD Program
 at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Email: ellerew@mail.utexas.edu

Posted in Research

Mentoring Opportunity

Are you looking for a rewarding professional development experience –a chance to enhance your teaching portfolio? Does working one-to-one with bright, talented undergraduates who someday might be graduate students excite you? Let me tell you about a wonderful mentoring opportunity, as well as a chance to earn a $1000 award and receive a partial travel grant.

The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate School Internship enables undergraduate students (particularly juniors and seniors) from all colleges and departments at UT to explore graduate education (conducting research, writing for scholarly audiences, participating in seminars, serving as teaching and research assistants, publishing articles in professional journals, etc.). It is also an opportunity for graduate students like you to experience teaching and mentoring in a different way than typically gained through being a teaching assistant or assistant instructor. Since graduate student mentors for the IE Pre-Grad Internship work one-to-one with undergraduates, the experience is similar to the kind of relationship that faculty members and graduate students develop. In other words, serving as a mentor will prepare you for the role of a professor working with would-be graduate students. In collaboration with the intern, you design a semester long curriculum based on what you consider most important in experiencing and/or preparing for graduate education. The idea is to expose undergraduates to the culture of your discipline and graduate study through a variety of formal and informal activities.

We have discovered that the real driving force behind the success of the internship is the graduate student “mentor.” If you spot a promising and enthusiastic undergraduate student (in your lab or class as a TA/AI)  who might be interested in pursuing graduate school – or perhaps one that wouldn’t have considered the opportunity without encouragement from you – I invite you to approach him/her about this internship. If you don’t know of anyone in particular but would like to serve as an internship mentor, please talk to your faculty or contact the Undergraduate Advisor in your department (all of whom have just received an announcement about the pre-grad internship to forward to undergraduate students) for the names of possible interns.

This internship has had some remarkable “unintended consequences,” raising awareness of graduate school among underrepresented minority and first-generation students (neither parent completed a college degree) at UT. The internship, therefore, is a chance for graduate students to make a difference by mentoring students who might otherwise not have thought of further education as a possibility following graduation.

If you mentor a first generation or economically disadvantaged undergraduate you may be able to receive a $1,000 stipend through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.  This stipend is through the new Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Awards, awards designed to encourage both first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue their academic passions and to seriously consider graduate study. These awards are intended to support and encourage students to pursue opportunities that further enrich the Pre-Graduate School Internship experience. (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.)   For more information, go to:


NOTE: You do not have to apply for this award.  Your undergraduate intern will apply, and if they receive an award, you AUTOMATICALLY will receive a matching award.  If you already are working with undergraduates you think may qualify, please make them aware of this opportunity.

Also: Because of the generosity of several UT deans, grad student mentors for interns who do their pre-grad internship in programs in the following colleges will be eligible to receive travel grants to help cover part of the cost of attending an academic conference (with their intern)— Law, Public Affairs, Communication, Architecture, Liberal Arts, Information, Pharmacy, Social Work, Business, Education, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts.


To learn about the IE Pre-Grad Internship (including FAQs, examples of internship activities and a copy of the internship contract) check out:



A wonderful video about IE is at:



If you have questions about the internship or Kuhn Awards, please feel free to contact me at: Tommy Darwin tjdarwin@gmail.com or Professor Rick Cherwitz at spaj737@uts.cc.utexas.edu.


Thank you for your support and interest.

Posted in Internships/Externships

Walk for Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF OneWalk with Type Texas

Join Type Texas, UT’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network as we walk this Sunday in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) OneWalk to turn Type 1 into Type None!

JDRF information here.

When: Sunday, November 12 at 10:00am

Where: Toney Burgery Center 3200 Jones Road

Posted in Events, Volunteering

WEBINAR: Early results from Go! Austin Vamos! Austin

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Early results from GAVA: 

A place-based, multi-sectoral intervention targeting healthy lifestyles

The Go! Austin Vamos! Austin (GAVA) project is a five year coalition-driven, evidence-based health initiative that targets multiple levels of health determinants for residents in a predominantly Hispanic, low-income area of Austin with a high prevalence of obesity. GAVA seeks to implement strategies targeting residents’ fruit and vegetable behavior and physical activity practice. In this talk, we will describe GAVA’s strategies, and preliminary evaluation results with a specific emphasis on parks.

November 16, 2017

1 PM – 2 PM (CDT)


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Posted in Events, Interprofessional

THANK YOU World Stroke Day Volunteers

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered for World Stroke Day with Austin Speech Labs. You all are awesome!

Be sure to look for updates on their Facebook page.

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Posted in Events, Interprofessional, Volunteering

Great American Smokeout 2017

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It’s No Smoke November! This November, the Tobacco Free Campus (TFC) Initiative presents the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. You can join millions of Americans to begin living tobacco free. Not a smoker? Support the TFC policy at the GASO 2017 Events:

Great American Smokeout Carnival

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14
When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: East Mall

  • On-site tobacco cessation consultation
  • Trade in your cigarettes, chewing tobacco, lighters and other paraphernalia for a t-shirt and/or a quit kit
  • Prize drawing for tailgating kit and Yeti swag

Cold Turkey Trot
Join us for a 10-minute walk and a chance to participate in the drawing for two, holiday turkeys. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Pickle Research Campus
 Wednesday, Nov. 15
When: 10 a.m.
Location: Commons Cafe Patio
Admission: Register through TXClass PN17

Main Campus
 Thursday, Nov. 16
10 a.m.
Littlefield Café Patio
Register through TXClass PN17

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16
10 a.m.
Cypress Bend Cafe
Register through TXClass PN17

If you have any questions, please email tobaccofree@austin.utexas.edu.

Do you have a tobacco cessation success story? Share it with us on the Tobacco Free Campus Facebook or Twitter @UT_TobaccoFree.

Quit together. Win together. Let’s Clear the Air

Posted in Events, Interprofessional, Uncategorized

Students in Distress Workshop

November 15, 6pm-7pm

GSA, in collaboration with UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center, will be hosting a workshop to provide tools and resources for graduate students to identify and assist students who are experiencing mental and/or physical distress. This workshop targets teaching assistants, assistant instructors, research assistants, and any graduate students who work with undergraduate students in any capacity.

When: November 15, 6pm-7pm

Where: PCL learning lab

Pizza will be served! Click here to choose your favorite toppings.

Posted in Events, Interprofessional

Orange Santa

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Orange Santa is an effort of the UT campus community to make the season brighter by providing toys to UT families in need during the holidays.

If you are in need of assistance, please apply online at the Orange Santa website. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on November 21.

Come see the Tower of Toys, a seven-foot tall replica of the UT Tower, and help fill it with gifts. Take a picture and show your support for #OrangeSanta! November 2 – December 7 • Main Building, Ground Floor.

Drink hot chocolate and join the holiday sing-along. Your last chance to place donates in the Tower of Toys! Song sheets will be provided. December 8 • noon • West Mall steps of the Main Building.

Unwrapped new toys and gifts for infants to teenagers as well as wrapping supplies will be collected at the UT guard gates and donation stations. Collection dates are from November 2 – December 7.

Orange Santa Toy Drop Schedule

Orange Santa needs elves! Visit the Orange Santa website to register to volunteer.

Support our partner, the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association’s Holiday Assistance Program, who provides a full-course holiday meal to eligible UT Austin employees.

Thank you for supporting Orange Santa!

Posted in Events, Volunteering

WEBINAR: Activities in the Healthcare Setting for Secondary Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Project

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Activities in the Healthcare Setting for Secondary Prevention of Childhood Obesity

November 15, 2017


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