Dear Dean Bernhardt,
I hope this email finds you well.
You may have received a letter in the mail recently from Mayor Adler asking that you please encourage applicants to the LCCE-Austin City Hall Fellows Program. I am writing to let you know that we value the perspective our our Communications students in all of UT’s community engagement efforts. I hope that you will encourage your students to apply for the program again this year. You can find the application at http://bit.ly/1Sr2r9Q.
You may know that the LCCE-Austin City Hall Fellows Program is designed to develop civic leaders among UT students across all disciplines. Students will engage in discussions with city residents and neighborhood associations and organize alongside residents to define community priorities for revitalization. Students will then support residents in addressing those priorities, through, for example, grant-writing or outreach. Advised by community and city leaders, as well as former Fellows, 2016-17 LCCE-Austin City Hall Fellows will develop skills in community building, facilitation, and team-building, and gain valuable exposure to issues around city planning, diverse neighborhoods, and public engagement. In turn, community residents and leaders will have access to UT’s resources.