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Did you know that on any given month there are approximately 500 pregnant women living in Texas County Jails and that African American and Latina women make up a disproportionate number of incarcerated women in Texas?  Access to and dignity in perinatal health care is already sorely lacking for African American and Latina women in our state outside of  the criminal justice system.  It should come as no surprise then that no standard or guidelines exist that direct county jails to provide adequate care and support to pregnant women in their custody.  The absence of any directive has deadly consequences for the women and unborn children who are locked up in these facilities.  Join Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic and Mamas of Color Rising as we confront the Texas Jail Commission to demand that standards of care be formalized and that all pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes begin to be documented in jails across Texas.The invisible life of pregnant women in Texas County Jails

Two years ago, Nicole Guerrero was pregnant and in solitary confinement in a Wichita County Jail cell when she suddenly started having contractions. She was completely ignored despite the fact that she screamed for help and pressed the emergency assistance button for hours. Early the next morning when a guard finally came by her cell, it was too late. Her baby was born a deep shade of purple on the jail cell floor. As some newborns do, her baby needed immediate medical attention and did not receive it. By the time her baby daughter was transported to the hospital, she had died.

Nicole has decided to go public with her case and filed a lawsuit against Wichita County, the County Sheriff’s Department, the private company that provides health care at the jail, and one of the company’s nurses.  But many other pregnant women are facing similar situations in county jails throughout Texas, including Travis County.

If you are outraged by the horrible conditions that incarcerated pregnant women are facing in Texas, please join us in taking action!

  • Sign our call to Action HERE
  • Formerly incarcerated women and other members of Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman will be testifying on Thursday November 6th at 9am at Texas Commission on Jail Standards demanding ACCOUNTABILITY AND HUMANE STANDARDS OF CARE for pregnant women in jails.
  • The Texas Jail Commission Campaign is part of  the larger Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman’s KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN.  Please visit our blog to learn more!
  • Spread the word to your networks through email, Facebook, and Twitter.  Here’s a sample post:

“Because of lack of standards, women in Texas County Jails face deadly consequences.  Take Action!

#nobirthinjail #pregnantjailjustice #lockedupinlabor

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Do you want to earn a leadership certification about Queer Theory, History, Culture, and Intersecting identities? Are you interested in Social Justice and building community? Do you like free food?!

Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) is hosting QUEER LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (QLI), a five-week peer educational program where you will learn the skills to create conversation and further teach others about Queer issues! 

We meet every Thursday starting on October 16th, and ending with a big Queer Solidarity Retreat on November 21st

Thursday meetings will be in the Texas Student Union Room 4.118 at 7-8:30PM 


An INFORMATION SESSION will be held on Thursday 10/16/14 in UNB 4.118 @ 7PM.



Alternative Breaks

Spring Break 2015: New Orleans, LA

This Spring Break (March 14th- 22nd) 21 students from across the UT campus will travel to New Orleans, LA, to participate in a week of service. Students will immerse themselves in the New Orleans culture, while gaining a deeper understanding of the social issues facing the community. The student group will work on a Habitat for Humanity rebuild, along with an Edible Schoolyard for children.

We are currently accepting applications for trip leaders. Trip Leaders lead group reflections, team building activities, and are the main point of contact for the Alternative Break trip participants. They will receive leadership training and support from the Alternative Break advisors. The application closes at 11:59 pm on October 23rd, with short interviews to be held on October 27th- 28th. If you would like additional information, or would like to apply, please follow the link below:


2015-2016 RA Application Process

Hello RAs! We are preparing to begin another year of RA candidate recruitment! We would like to encourage you to reach out to your residents, classes, organizations, friends, facebook acquaintances, and others at UT to help them learn more about the RA application.

Here are the basics: There is an information page already available for interested candidates to gain access to this year’s application information, info session dates and times, and FAQs:

We also have a facebook group up and running. Please join, respond to questions if you can, invite your residents, and participate in this group in the coming weeks:

The application will be available this year from October 1st at midnight through October 22nd at 11:59pm.


Info sessions:

Tuesday 9/30 at 7:00p.m. – Location: JGB 2.216

Monday 10/6 at 8:00p.m. Location: GAR 0.102

Wednesday 10/15 at 8:00p.m. Location: WEL 2.246


Ways you can support the RA application process:

1.     Be active on the facebook page and post about the page in groups in which you belong.

2.     Post all print materials that arrive in your RA box.

3.     Encourage residents to apply!

4.     Encourage residents to attend info sessions.

5.     Encourage residents to be involved on campus!

6.     Connect residents with resources on campus to help them with their applications.


Things that you should not do:

1.     Offer to read over any candidate’s application. 2

2.     Tell them specific information about questions or scoring in the application process. (e.g. to get a better score, you should do this)


A huge thank you Kelsey Harrington who designed the print marketing materials for this year, and to everyone who submitted pictures and volunteered for the information sessions and tabling!

If you have questions about the any of this information or the RA selection process, please direct them to

Thank you, Student Staff Selection Committee

The University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity & Community Engagement Title: Student Assistant Location: FAC, Suite 402 Hours per Week: Various times -10 hours per week Start Date: As soon as possible Pay: $8:50/hr End Date: 12/31/14 Job Description: To provide front desk, administrative assistance to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Essential functions: Greet and assist all office visitors • Answer, transfer and take messages for 2-line phone • Proactively maintain professional appearance of office suite • Collect, sort, distribute and post inner campus and US mail daily • General office support including, but not limited to, assistance with mailings, event preparation, and file organization. Qualifications: Required: Current UT Austin student with work-study eligibility • Excellent interpersonal skills • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail • Professional demeanor and attire • Punctual and dependable • Familiarity with basic office software (Microsoft Office) and equipment Preferred: Experience providing excellent customer service • Experience staffing front desk of professional office • Proficiency with basic office software (Microsoft Office) and equipment • Desire for full academic year employment. Contact Information Emma Middleton (Supervisor) Senior Administrative Associate Office of Development Office: 512-471-1012, FAC 402 To Apply: Promptly email Emma Middleton the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Class schedule and/or availability
  3. Optional: Brief explanation of desire for position

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement advances socially just learning environments that foster a culture of excellence through diverse people, ideas, and perspectives. We engage in dynamic community-university partnerships designed to transform our lives.

The 2015 Trans Leadership Exchange Building The Power Of Trans And Genderqueer Leaders ACPA The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will launch a six month leadership development program for 20 transgender and genderqueer leaders from across the United States. This group of leaders will participate in a learning community that will offer peer coaching, skill building, opportunities for self-reflection, story sharing, and action! Click here to apply today! We welcome participants from a range of backgrounds and traditions; the Task Force is committed to creating multi-racial, gender diverse, accessible spaces in our leadership programs. The Trans Leadership Exchange is available at low or no cost to all accepted participants, based on a sliding scale. No one will be turned away based on finances. We welcome inquiries about the program. Please contact Evangeline Weiss, Leadership Programs Director at the Task Force: 919-236-3049. Applications are due by October 15 and we will notify you by November 20.

The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Spring 2015.   The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.   The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2015 Conference.   Applications for Spring 2015 are due Monday, October 27 – find out more and apply now at   The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.   Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Victory Congressional Internship   Connect with Victory

Inclusion and Diversity Engineering Scholarships Apple recently launched four engineering scholarships for women, black/African American, Hispanic and Native American students. Students are eligible to win $10,000 towards their academic studies and they will also be considered for an internship at Apple. To be eligible, students must be continuing their education through Fall 2015 and attending an accredited US university.  Each scholarship has a unique application. The deadline to apply is November 9 and scholarship winners will be notified by January 31