Build WGS community, job opportunity (apply by April 3rd)

CWGS Undergraduate Assistant – Paid opportunity for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) seeks an Undergraduate Assistant
(5 hours/week at $10/hour) to help with the WGS Undergraduate Initiative (SAGE) program, and CWGS social media.

The goal of SAGE is to connect like-minded students (WGS majors and other feminist/queer scholars), to build community, and to help grow the Women’s & Gender Studies major.  SAGE is open to all majors, minors, and any student interested in Women’s and Gender Studies.
More information can be found here:

SAGE operates with the help of two graduate student facilitators and one Undergraduate Assistant. All SAGE Team Members participate in creating and completing weekly action items.  The Undergraduate Assistant serves as the first contact for SAGE social media/publicity/emails announcements, acts as undergraduate major liaison/focus group of one, meets weekly with the SAGE facilitators, and coordinates CWGS social media.

As CWGS Social Media coordinator, the Undergraduate Assistant will work with the Senior Events Program Coordinator to promote CWGS events and programs on all social media outlets.

Ideal candidates should have an understanding of social justice and WGS issues; strong organizational skills; enthusiasm for working with undergrads, performing outreach, and promoting WGS scholarship; attention to detail and time management; and the ability to work within deadlines.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest (addressing why are you interested in the position), resume/CV, and UT EID, to
Please apply by April 3rd.

I’m also happy to answer questions about the position.


Alma J. Salcedo, M. Ed. (pronouns she/her/hers)
Program Coordinator for Academic Affairs
Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Burdine Hall (BUR) 540
Direct: 512 475-7858

Please include UT EIDs and course UNIQUE numbers in correspondence regarding academic matters.

Fall 2017 IE Pre Grad School Internship: Opportunity for Students

Dear UT Undergraduates:

With registration for next semester coming up in a few weeks, let me tell you about an exciting internship course.

Are you thinking about whether graduate school is in your future?  Are you uncertain about what it would be like to be a graduate student and what academic program may be suited best to your interests and career goals?

If your answer to these questions is yes, you may wish to consider undertaking the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) “Pre-Graduate School Internship.”  This internship is open to students in all UT colleges/schools and departments.  You may earn one, two or three hours of academic credit (CMS 164M/264M/364M) by participating in the internship.

Attached is a flyer describing the Pre-Graduate School Internship. In addition, you may read more about this program (including FAQ’s, examples of internship activities and an easy to complete internship contract) on the web:

You may also be eligible for a Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Award.  This award is designed to encourage both first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue their academic passions and to seriously consider graduate study.

The awards will be in the form of $1,000 stipends offered to a select number of qualified undergraduate interns. The award is 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.)

In addition, each intern’s graduate mentor will be awarded a matching $1,000 stipend through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.  For more information about this award, please go to:

A wonderful video about IE is at:

If after examining these materials you have questions, please feel free to contact me at:

NOTE: Because of the generosity of several UT deans, undergraduates 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 grad mentor)– Law, Public Affairs, Communication, Information, Nursing, Architecture, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Business, Social Work, Information, Nursing, Architecture, Education, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts.


Rick Cherwitz
Professor and IE Director

Student invitation: Careers in Politics Conference

Hi all,

Please forward the following info on to any student who you think might be interested in learning more about a career in politics or public service!

Please also encourage them to use the discount code “UTCIP” (case-sensitive, no quotes) on the second page of the event registration to bring their cost down to $10. This covers breakfast tacos, boxed lunches, coffee, parking, and snacks at the networking after-party for the day!

Taylor Foody

Hatton W. Sumners Careers in Politics Conference
Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Belo Center for New Media, 300 W. Dean Keeton
Breakfast tacos, coffee, lunch, and parking included!
Networking after-party + free appetizers

Register today!

This one-day, nonpartisan event offers the next generation of civic leaders the insiders’ perspective about what it’s like to have a career in public service.
Participants have the opportunity to hear from active political professionals such as elected officials, political staff, government leaders, and communication strategists.

Speakers will:
·         Offer strategies for navigating the current political landscape;
·         Share thoughts on emerging trends in policy-making;
·         Explore methods of effective leadership for local impact;
·         Help you to develop and refine your personal brand;
·         Give you next steps for getting your foot-in-the-door.

Confirmed speakers include:
·         Parag Mehta, Former Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General (keynote address)
·         Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
·         Gerald Daugherty, Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3
·         The Honorable Sherri Greenberg, Clinical Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and former member of the Texas House of Representatives.
·         Denise Davis, Former Texas House Parliamentarian and Chief of Staff to House Speaker Joe Straus
·         Randan Steinhauser, National Adviser to National School Choice Week
·         Jo Cassandra Cuevas, Manager, Legislative Affairs, AT&T
·         Mark Harkrider, Seasoned Lobbyist
·         Jessica Beemer, North Sector Manager, City of Houston
·         Paul Theobald, Former Committee Director for the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs
·         Michelle Castillo, Legislative Director, Texas House of Representatives

Any young adult interested in the possibility of pursuing a career in public service is encouraged to attend. Register today!

Scholarships available for any student in need. Apply here.

Contact Taylor Foody, New Politics Forum program assistant


Taylor Foody
Program Assistant
New Politics Forum
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Reminder: Vick Center Graduate School Planning Workshop 3/28 + April Events

One more Vick Center event to promote for March! Please refer any students considering graduate school to the following event:

Graduate School Planning
Tuesday, March 28 • 5-6:30pm • SZB 296
Learn about the application process and how to select graduate programs.

We’ve also attached our exciting events for April and would love your help advertising them with any interested students. Our Hospitality, Events, and Tourism Career Panel happening Tuesday April 11th from 6-7:30pm might be helpful for many of your students.

Writing Effective Internal Transfer Essays
Wednesday, April 5 • 5-6 p.m. • SZB 278
Learn tips about how to write an effective internal transfer application.

Graduate School Planning
Monday, April 10 • 5-6:30 p.m. • GAR 1.126
Thinking about applying to graduate school? Learn about the application process and how to select graduate programs.

Hospitality, Events & Tourism Career Panel
Tuesday, April 11 • 6-7:30 p.m. • CLA 0.102
Want a career that’s exciting, fun, varied and could send you around the world? Interact with professionals in the Hospitality, Events and Tourism industry with a variety of degrees, and find out how they got there!

Students can RSVP directly through MyUGS for any of our events. Thanks for forwarding these along to students you think may benefit.

Apply for The Institute by LeaderShape TODAY! Deadline: Fri. 3/31

Engineering Student Life is hosting a great professional development opportunity for undergrad students of ALL majors. Enhance your soft skills (communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, etc.) which will help now and especially in the working world.  Come build your resume, your confidence to lead in all aspects of your life, and meet other motivated friends.

Apply now for the May 2017
UT LeaderShape session of The Institute

Jumpstart your Summer with an immersive, six-day, leadership development experience! You will explore your personal values, communication style and life goals to encourage more people to lead with integrity.  By participating, you enter into a close-knit community of motivated people looking to positively impact the world.
Recruitment Video
Session Dates: Sun. May 21 – Fri. May 26, 2017 (week after to spring semester)
Online APPLICATION and More Info
Application Deadline: Fri. 3/31/17

The Institute an immersive, six-day, leadership development experience for 60 undergraduate students to explore your personal values, communication style and life goals, which will encourage you to lead with integrity.  Through a variety of activities, simulations, discussions and self-reflections, you will gain confidence in your ability to positively impact the world.  You will be surprised by how quickly you create a close-knit community of motivated people.  Food, lodging and transportation included.  Participants can be from ANY undergraduate major.
Corporate Partners: Phillips 66 and Union Pacific

We’d love to welcome you into the LeaderShape family!


Director, Engineering Student Life
The University of Texas at Austin | Cockrell School of Engineering | 512-232-5778 |
StrengthsQuest: Learner – Ideation – Connectedness – Individualization – Strategic
Pronouns: he, him, his

Center for Integrated Design – Info Sessions and Fall 2017 Courses

The Center for Integrated Design is launching a suite of courses under the new ITD prefix!

All of these courses are open to all university students regardless of major. The majority will be taught by industry professionals and will give students the opportunity to learn and practice design thinking concepts as they are applied in a variety of industries. All of these courses can also be applied to a future CID Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) certificate.

If you would like to learn more about these courses and about our program, we will be hosting several info sessions with FREE TIFF’S TREATS this week and the first week of April. See below for more information:

Center for Integrated Design INFO SESSIONS
Wednesday, March 22nd at 6pm in UTC 3.110:
Thursday, March 23rd at 6pm in ART 1.102: <— If you can’t make any of the info sessions, we will livestream this one on Facebook.
Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm in BUR 136:

Some of the new CID courses are highlighted below. The full list of Fall 2017 CID courses can be found on our website: http://

ITD 101: Introduction to Integrated Design (2 sections)
Uniques: 22723 and 22724
Timeline: Wednesdays 6-9pm – 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 OR 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1
Room: DFA 2.204
In this course, students will learn the spectrum of disciplines/domains that compose the world of Integrated Design. Through pertinent readings and hands-on assignments, students will become familiar with the process and artifacts essential to creating compelling and useful experiences. In-class panels will enable students to gain insights and inspiration from industry experts. Students will begin to learn how those who work in Integrated Design frame problems, learn about people and their behaviors, and apply those insights to improve products and services through rapid prototyping and iteration.

ITD 301D: Introduction to Design Thinking (2 sections)
Uniques: 22725 (Tuesdays) & 22726 (Wednesdays)
Timeline: 6-9pm
Room: ART 3.218
What is Design Thinking? Most of our daily experience is the result of design, intentional or not. It’s a persistent act. We deal with the consequences all the time. In practice, design is first an act of thinking. Then, those thoughts are applied to the act of making – a product, service, place, or a whole experience like going to Disney World. Design is at its best when designers are thinking and making with people in mind. So, a human-centered mindset is a core attribute of design thinking. Design is at its worst when it’s an afterthought, such as a confusing tax form or most ATMs. In this course, students learn the principles of design thinking and apply them to real-world problems while working in interdisciplinary teams. Students learn how to frame problems, learn about people and their behaviors, then apply those insights to improve products and services through rapid prototyping and iteration. Students from all majors are welcome.

MAN 327: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Unique: TBD
Timeline: TBD
Room: TBD – hosted by the McCombs School of Business
Explores the theoretical foundations and research evidence underlying innovation and entrepreneurship. Subjects include discovering and creating new sources of value, recognizing and evaluating opportunities, generating business models, engaging stakeholders, shaping markets, and competing against larger competitors and entrenched institutions.

NOTE: The McCombs School of Business is holding 20 seats in this course for CID students from any major to take. For students with majors outside of the McCombs school of Business who want to enroll in this course, you MUST contact CID at before April 14th, 2017 at 5:00pm. Priority is first-come, first-served.

ITD 370: Radical Collaboration at IBM Design
Unique: 22732
Timeline: Tuesdays 6-9pm
Room: Off-campus at the IBM Design Studio (IBM will provide a weekly shuttle)
In this course, students will have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in their respective disciplines and apply it to real-world design problems in an industry setting. This course, taught by a UT instructor, will be hosted off-campus for three hours once per week at the IBM Design Studios in North Austin. Students can get there either by catching the courtesy IBM shuttle to and from campus each class day, or by utilizing their own transportation. Once on-site at IBM, students will be split into groups of 5-7 and assigned design projects that IBM designers have encountered in the past and have had to work through. Each student group will be formed with a variety of majors from different disciplines on campus in order to create a truly multidisciplinary experience and encourage better cross-channel communication. These projects will have deep restrictions, far-reaching applications, and will require learning intense collaboration in an extensive corporate setting to complete. IBM employee mentors and guest speakers will be on-hand to facilitate research and help students wrangle with problems that arise during the projects. At the end of the semester, students will give final group presentations on the findings of their projects and will have a something to add to their professional portfolio.

NOTE: Consent of instructor is needed to take this course and upper division standing is required. If you would like to be considered, please send a letter of interest to by NO LATER THAN Friday, April 14th at 5:00pm.

For more information, check out our website and be sure to follow us on social media for news related to our program:

Jessica Lynn’s Transgender Journey (Wednesday 3/22 12pm)

This event is happening tomorrow at 12pm in the SEAY Auditorium (4.244)

Jessica Lynn, a transgender woman, is a renowned public speaker that travels nationally and internationally to college campuses lecturing about the necessity for transgender awareness in our society. The Department of Psychology and the Gender and Sexuality Center have partnered to bring her to campus for a campus talk.

There will be light snacks, feel free to bring your lunch.

Becoming a Mental Health Professional Workshop 3/23 and Tech Career Panel 3/29!

Please let students know about our upcoming workshop, Becoming a Mental Health Professional this Thursday from 5 to 6pm in SZB296. Students will be able to explore different paths to becoming a licensed mental health professional and how to find graduate programs that will lead to licensure. All majors welcome!

We also have an upcoming panel on Tech Careers next Wednesday from 6-7:30pm in UTC 3.104. We will feature panelists who have degrees in varying fields (liberal arts, business, etc.) who have tech related positions (web and software developers, and cloud architects). This is to allow our students to see that major doesn’t define their career path, and how valuable other fields can be in the tech industry. All majors welcome!

Please encourage your students to RSVP through MyUGS for both events as space is limited!

Applications now open for 2017-18 class of CMHC Peer Educators

Apply now to be part of the 2017-18 cohort for:

Counseling and Mental Health Center Peer Educators

Application DEADLINE is March 31!

“I have enjoyed getting to know everyone in the class so well and really feel like a team, all working towards a common goal. I look forward to it every week!” (~CMHC Peer Educator)

What do you have to say about . . .

Stress management, Depression, Happiness, Public Health?

How do you engage your community in dialogue about college mental health?

What does it mean to be an effective bystander or supportive ally to a friend in need?

GET ACADEMIC CREDIT (through the Department of Health Education and Kinesiology) to become part of the next cohort of Peer Educators for the Counseling and Mental Health Center! Open to undergraduate students only.

This three-semester course trains students to become Peer Educators for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and give presentations across the UT campus to their peers.

Application and interview REQUIRED


To apply, complete the online application by Friday, March 31st at midnight.  For more information go to

Questions? Contact Marian Trattner,

Humanities Honors Info Sessions

The Humanities Honors Program is an interdisciplinary research major that allows motivated and curious students develop their own major around their specific interests.  The coursework is flexible and self-mapped.  Students blend a range of courses and disciplines connected by a single theme, going beyond the traditional disciplines associated with the Humanities.  Each unique major culminates in a senior-year honors thesis—the student designs a project, conducts in-depth research, and works closely with a faculty supervisor.

The research topics at the Humanities Program, like the students, reflect a range of interests.  Current contracts include “Human Rights,” “Politics, Philosophy, and Economics,” and “Women’s Roles in Globalized Medicine.”  One recent graduate drew from the collection of disciplines she most enjoys—Political Philosophy, French Language and Literature, and History—to form her unique major: “Human Rights in the Francophone World.”  For her thesis she surveyed French literary journals, specifically the reactions of philosophers to the publicized use of torture during the Algerian War.  Her project is, of course, just one example of the wide-ranging research that honors students perform in the Humanities Program.  As an honors major, applicants should have a 3.5 gpa or higher and no more than 75 hours in residence.

To learn more about the Humanities Program and the application process, please come to one of our upcoming information sessions: Wednesday, March 29th at 4 pm or Thursday, March 30th at 3:30 pm in CLA 2.606 (the Normandy Scholars room).   Please RSVP to:

If you are unable to attend, you’re welcome to call the Liberal Arts Honors and Humanities Office at 512-471-3458 and schedule an advising appointment with Linda Mayhew, the Humanities advisor.

You may also want to take a look at the student profiles on our website  and facebook page