Austin: The Terrain of Inequality

Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gordon-White Building Room 2.302
(24th and Whitis Ave. Austin, TX.)


ProgramIt’s a tipping point moment for Austin, Texas. The city long heralded as the state’s liberal oasis has emerged as the most economically segregated metropolitan area in the United States, and the only fast growing city in the nation to experience an absolute decline in its African American population. Racial health disparities in Austin/Travis County are among the widest in the state. Austin schools are as segregated as any other in the region. Many residents are subjects of discriminatory policing and incarceration practices.

But there remains a vibrant grassroots movement in the city, one that seeks to tip the balance of power in favor of social justice and economic equality. What are these forms of activism—old and new—taking shape in Austin? What role do community-engaged scholars play in supporting this work?

These and other questions will be taken up at the twelfth annual Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Conference. Speakers include community activist, city council members, school board members and university faculty and students. This year’s conference is organized in partnership with the “Peace and Justice Day” of the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.