APRIL 25, 2018
Texas Union
Santa Rita Room 3.502 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


We will have a panel of first-generation UT students, faculty, staff, and professionals, and you will have the opportunity to network afterwards. You will learn about experiences faced as a first-gen, whether it’s navigating challenging experiences, overcoming adversity, or discussing resiliency. Come share your experiences and enjoy the free food!

[tc3] UT Nonprofit Career Forum, April 17

Liberal Arts Career Services and Texas Recruitment + Interview Services invite all UT Austin undergraduates to attend the UT Nonprofit Career Forum. The forum is designed to connect students with community nonprofit representatives for career exploration and networking. Join the panelists below as they share their organizations’ missions and causes and share their own career journeys so that you can explore nonprofit careers and learn what you can do to prepare for a potential nonprofit internship or job.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
College of Liberal Arts Building, Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302)
Open to All UT Austin Undergraduate Students

Session I from 5:00-5:50pm offers three panel options:

Brent Hasty, Executive Director – Mindpop
Kate Moon, Public Programs Coordinator – The Thinkery
Stephanie Sandoval, Education Coordinator – Mexic-Arte

Brent Lyles, Executive Director – Colorado River Alliance
Annie Schmitt, Counsel – Texas Living Waters Project – National Wildlife Federation

Social Justice
Laura Guerra-Cardus, MD, Texas Deputy Director – Children’s Defense Fund-Texas
Geovanie Ordonez, Volunteer and Internship Coordinator – RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
Abigail Sharp, Senior Director of Child Abuse Prevention SAFE Austin

Session II from 6:00-6:50pm offers three panel options:

Susan Berliner Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP., Director of Human Resources – People’s Community Clinic
Kristi Katz, CFRE – Executive Director – Dell Children’s
Jacie Minnick, Grant Writer – Upbring

Legal Services
Robert Doggett, Executive Director – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
John Hardin, Director – Proclaim Justice
Geovanie Ordonez, Volunteer and Internship Coordinator – RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)

Services for People with Disabilities
Tammy Sullivan, Director of HR and Operations – The Arc of the Capital Area
Caroline Turner, LMSW, Program Director – Autism Society of Texas

Thank you,

The University of Texas at Austin | 512.471.7900 | |

“The Guides of Texas” Summer Recruitment

Greetings from the Visitor Center!

Patrick Olson and I are excited to announce that we are recruiting students to be a part of “The Guides of Texas.” We are hiring new Ambassadors to start working this summer and we hope you can help us in our recruitment efforts!

Our Ambassadors give campus tours to prospective students, assist the UT Visitor Center in its daily operations, serve as staff at major campus recruiting events and support athletics with their recruitment efforts. Our Ambassadors are often the first UT students that guests will meet when visiting campus.

If you know of any students who would represent The University of Texas at Austin with positivity and professionalism, please encourage them to apply for this prestigious opportunity.

Students are encouraged to apply online at Applications are due by Friday, April 20th at noon.

Thank you for your help! Please reach out if you have any questions for us.

Thank you!

MEL BAXTER, M.Ed., Visitor Center Director
The University of Texas at Austin | Office of Admissions | 512-471-2998 |

2018 Lavender Graduation

Hello campus & community partners,
Please save the date for 2018 Lavender Graduation. Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating LGBTQA+ students on campus. This year’s keynote will be Sebastián J. Colón-Otero, LCSW Diversity Coordinator-Latinx Community Liaison, Counseling and Mental Health Center.

The ceremony will be Wednesday, May 16th 4pm, SAC Ballroom & the reception & LGBTQ+ Alumni Celebration will immediately follow in the Connally Balloroom of the Etter Harbin Alumni Center

Please also join us for Black Graduation & Latinx Graduation, (hosted by our friends in the Multicultural Engagement Center) more info to come soon from the MEC.

To register or RSVP for Lavender Graduation: click here Everyone is welcome to attend! Students should register by May 4th to be in the program, and be guaranteed a rainbow tassel, stole, and certificate day of the event, however, if they missed the deadline and still want to participate they are welcome to register after the deadline, no one will be turned away. Alums who didn’t have to opportunity to walk in Lav Grad are ALWAYS welcome to join!

Do you want to show your support even though you are not graduating? Students, staff and faculty are welcome to volunteer!

This year for the first time every student that participates in Lavender Graduation will get a stole! Folks will be able to sponsor graduating students by donating to the GSC’s Lavender Graduation. Individual donations of $20 will cover the cost of a graduating student’s rainbow stole. A card with the sponsor’s name will be attached to the stole so that the student knows who sponsored them. Knowing that their stoles are sponsored by faculty who were formative in the students’ academic careers is invaluable. It is a beautiful way to express our appreciation for our students as they set off to make change in the world as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Sponsoring a stole: Individual donors can sponsor a graduating student here. Please be sure to designate “Lavender Graduation” in the “special information” section. If you think that your department, center, program, college, or school would like to make a donation, please let us know and the Lavender Graduation Committee will contact them directly.

Lavender Graduation is hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center, in collaboration with LGBTQ Studies, The Queer & Trans Students Alliance (QTSA), and the Queer Graduate Student Alliance (QGSA) and with support from The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, The Texas Exes, The Dean of Student’s Office, The College of Liberal Arts, and the Moody College of Communication.

The Daily Texan needs you!

The Daily Texan is one of the oldest and most award-winning college newspapers in the country, serving the UT Austin community since 1900. The Texan is currently seeking staffers to work in all departments this summer: Opinion, News, Science&Tech, Life&Arts, Sports, Social Media, Podcast, Copy, Design, Photo, Video and Web. We will send more information to those indicating interest on this short form. Applicants are recommended to indicate interest by the end of April to give enough time to complete the tryout process.

Potential applicants and curious onlookers alike are encouraged to fill out the interest form, where we can answer any questions you might have about the application process or the Texan as a whole. For further details, contact Liza Anderson at

President’s Award for Global Learning

I wanted to share information with you all about the President’s Award for Global Learning. Recently initiated by the International Board of Advisors as their signature effort, the program provides funding and support to interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty to design and implement a project in one of seven eligible regions.

How it works
Project proposals are submitted by teams of 2-4 students all from different majors alongside 2-3 faculty members. Teams will work within the three pre-identified themes with international partners to implement a project. Students receive a total of 10 credits.

Project themes
Projects can be proposed within three themes in the seven eligible regions:
1. Expanding existing research
2. Social impact
3. Entrepreneurship

Financial support
In addition to $25,000 for project implementation costs, the award provides the following support:

All students who submit a proposal will receive funding to apply for a passport, if they do not already have one
All student finalists who do not win the full project award will receive a $1,000 scholarship
Awarded student teams will receive full tuition coverage of 6 credit hours summer 2019
The award also covers all international travel expenses

Upon completion of the project, teams will be honored at a dinner hosted by the president in Fall 2019.

Faculty involvement
Faculty are critical to the success of this important initiative. Faculty provide project and/or regional expertise to advise student teams throughout all project phases. In return for their participation, faculty receive:

$9,000 honorarium for faculty leaders
$5,000 honorarium for faculty mentors
Summer salary allowance
All international travel expenses
International living expenses up to $9,000 (based on time spent in-country)
$5,000 budget for in-country cultural experiences for the team
$25,000 project implementation budget for the team
Full administrative support
Opportunity to be involved in the International Board of Advisor’s signature program

In order to apply, undergraduate students must satisfy the following requirements:
Second-year classification, sophomore status
Transfer students in their first year at UT, but with transferred hours classified as sophomores are eligible.
Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA*
Good standing with the university**
Students must be enrolled fall semester following summer participation
First-year students with sophomore status are not eligible to participate
Architecture students are eligible in their second and third years.

Graduate students interested in being a part of the program as Graduate Assistants to selected teams should contact

There is still time to form a team and submit a proposal ahead of the June 15th deadline! Learn more and apply at

LAURA KAPLAN, M.A. Senior Program Coordinator, Special Projects
International Office | The University of Texas at Austin | (512) 232-9596 | |
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Peers for Pride: Fall 2018 Class: Confronting LGBTQ Oppression

Peers for Pride: Fall 2018 : Confronting LGBTQ Oppression

46045 WGS 335
61385 S W 360K
26160 T D 357T

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in CMA 5.190

The Peers for Pride Courses, WGS335/TD357/SW360K: Confronting LGBTQ Oppression (fall) and Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQA+ Oppression (spring), make up a two-semester commitment. No experience required.
The application is live:

Students accepted into Peers for Pride take two semesters of an upper-division academic course to learn to use theatre and performance to create and facilitate conversations about what a thriving LGBTQA+ communities look like, with attention to racial justice and LGBTQA+ justice. We have a great time together and make a difference on campus!

In the fall semester students learn more about LGBTQA+ realities and performance practice, and we build scenes around difficult campus-based situations we want folks to talk about. In the spring semester students use their scenes from the fall to build and co-facilitate LGBTQA+ and racial justice workshops. In these workshops, student facilitators actively engage audience participants in performance-based dialogue around: how to be accountable, within queer communities, to a thriving that is nonbinary, decolonial, trans feminist, intersectional, accountable, and loving; how to witness how LGBTQA+ people experience oppression in daily life; how these systems of oppression are affected by experiences of our other social identities including race, gender, age, class, and dis/ability; and how to interrupt oppression and build dialogue with and among LGBTQA+ people.

The class meets on Wednesdays from 3-6p for both Fall and Spring semesters. In the spring the class also includes a lab on Mondays from 3-6pm for performance and rehearsal preparation. Join us to connect with a wonderful group of people for a year-long transformative project.

Application and interview REQUIRED in order to remain enrolled in WGS335/TD357/SW360K: Confronting LGBTQ Oppression.

The application is live:

All interviews for Peers for Pride will happen after May 23rd.

Freshman Women Apply Today- INSPIRE: Empowering Texas Women Leaders

What is INSPIRE?

INSPIRE is a three-year program (sophomore to senior) with three cohorts simultaneously developing skills necessary to achieve the highest levels within their chosen fields. INSPIRE was created in response to the continuing inequalities in educational attainment and career advancement for women. INSPIRE offers a unique opportunity for young women to come together across disciplines, schools, areas of interest, ethnicity, and life experience to learn the value of diversity and how to successfully communicate across cultures. Students develop inclusive leadership skills by reflecting on their own social identities; how structural exclusion can separate us, and practice outreach strategies for their lives and careers.

INSPIRE is a unique and transformative space at UT. While students are provided professional development workshops, travel to conferences, and assistance as they work on group and personal projects, the biggest impact of this program might be that it provides the space and time to step back and reflect on what it means to be a female student, more than likely a first generation college student, and more often than not in male dominated careers.

INSPIRE’s curriculum is based on a scaffolding approach to follow a program timeline – broken down by year and semester – in which each objective builds upon the last as a means of learning leadership skills, practicing those skills on campus and in the community, and finally taking the initiative to lead. To accomplish this:

  • Students participate in activities that encourage group cohesion and receive leadership training with specific preparation for their internship/service project.
  • Students receive guidance on research preparation for writing a scholarly paper to be presented at a conference.
  • Students meet successful women in workshops on professional development, mental health/self care, and conflict resolution/negotiation, etc.
  • Students actively engage in learning how to be leaders through the constantly evolving practice of leadership as they work together to serve the campus and the community.

For more information, please contact Nancy Ewert at 512-471-5680 or

Opportunity for Students – Fall 2018 IE Pre-Graduate School Internship Course Registration

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

Richard Cherwitz, Ph.D.
Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor, Moody College of Communication
Founding Director, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE)
Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
CMA 7.118B
The University of Texas 1 University Station A1105
Austin, Texas 78712
VOICE: (512) 471-1939 FAX: (512) 471-3504

Wonder Women at Work Event hosted by Communication Career Services, all welcome!

Join Communication Career Services on April 12, 2018 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in BMC 2.106 as we harness the wisdom of four powerful Austin heroines!

These Wonder Women will share stories of challenges and victories along the journey from student to superhero.

This panel will consist of a moderated Q&A followed by an open invitation for questions from the audience.

More details on Facebook and on our website!

For additional questions about the event, please contact

***Seating is limited to the first 280 guests. Seating will begin at 5:30p.***