One of the ways the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) builds on the university’s long history of community involvement and service is by working with community partners to address issues around social justice and inequality.
The Community Engagement Center (CEC) in East Austin serves as the home base for many of the DDCE’s activities and partnerships, while also helping to develop and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships between UT Austin and diverse communities beyond the physical boundaries of campus. Community Engagement Center staff promote and coordinate services, learning opportunities, and research for communities historically underserved by the university.
Several major DDCE initiatives are housed in the CEC:
- The Social Justice Institute facilitates collaboration around specific social-justice oriented projects and dialogues.
- The Regional Foundation Library provides comprehensive education and resources to all individuals and organizations involved in grant-making, grant-seeking and funding development.
- The Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative is a one-year project that includes a partnership between the University of Texas at Austin, the City of Austin and Austin Community College to develop a master plan for a 208-acre tract owned by the city in the Colony Park neighborhood.
Several other community organizations also have office space in the CEC. Find more about these on the Organizations page.
Since its founding in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin has had a rich history of community engagement and service, with service as a key component of its mission. With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, the university is building on its foundation of engagement in new ways.
DDCE has been charged with:
- ensuring the university is responsive to and positively impacts the surrounding community,
- ensuring that community engagement remains central to the University’s core academic mission, and
- serving as a catalyst to create new opportunities for expanded and more coordinated ties between the university and the community
Since 2007, the Community Engagement Center has worked to fulfill these tenants through building a more positive relationship between the university and underserved communities in Austin.