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Spring MEC Events

QPOCA Community meetings every other Wednesday starting January 22, 2014 at 6:30

QPOCA hosts a bi-weekly community meeting every other Wednesday for QPOC and allies. QPOCA strives to provide a safe space for individuals to build community and discuss QPOC issues and current events. Follow on Facebook:

Latino Leadership Council:  Biweekly community meetings every other Monday @ 6pm, Multicultural Engagement Center – SAC 1.102

Come and learn more about LLC and other Latin@ student organizations on campus! LLC Community Meetings occur every two weeks (6 times a semester) and are a time where all organizations send a representative and community members meet to work on community building, community issues, and to discuss upcoming events.

Monthly Latino Organizations Representative Assembly (LORA) meetings the first Monday of the month @ 6pm, Multicultural Engagement Center – SAC 1.102

The monthly LORA meetings build upon LLC’s biweekly community meetings by creating opportunities for student leaders to come together and discuss issues affecting the Latin@ community on a deeper level.

Film Screening & Discussion: “Dark Girls” Monday February 17th @ 12pm 

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.

Stick around for a discussion following the film!

Changemakers: Crafting the World We Want to See Wednesday February 19th @ 3pm a brown bag series

Join us for the first installment of the series Changemakers, which will highlight the work of various community members in the greater Austin area. Changemakers will provide an opportunity for members of the UT community to speak with individuals who are working on a broad spectrum of initiatives seeking to improve the lives of Austin residents. Connect with them informally as you learn more about the issues they’re fighting for and what moved them to get involved in the struggle for social justice in the first place!

This month our Changemakers series will feature:

- Cassandra Johnson (Women’s Community Center of Central Texas & MonkeyWrench Books)

- Dave Cortez (Sierra Club)

- Nicole Marín Baena (Cooperation Texas)

- Mónica Teresa Ortiz & Sabina Hinz-Foley (Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera)

Light refreshments and drinks provided. Feel free to bring your own lunch!

Film Screening & Discussion on Immigrant Detention: “Punishment and Profits” Thursday February 20th @ 12:30pm

Texans United for Families (TUFF) will present the short film “Punishment and Profits,” which highlights what for-profit detention centers are and the real-life impact of immigration policies and practices on our communities. The short film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by members of TUFF and the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition. We will also be joined by some of the individuals who were recently arrested outside of the Travis County Jail for protesting the Secure Communities program, which has led to 19 deportations a week and the continued separation of families.

TUFF is a network of individuals and groups working to end immigration detention and deportations as well as demand the recognition of human rights of all community members.

The AIRC is a membership-based coalition of immigrants, allies, and organizations that promotes human rights and dignity, and social and economic justice for immigrants through community organizing, policy advocacy, and public education.

Black Student Leadership Institute 2014: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:00AM,  SAC

The purpose of Black Student Leadership Institute is to bring black collegiate leaders together from Huston Tilotson University, Texas State University, St. Edwards University, and the University of Texas at Austin for leadership training and community development. BSLI provides workshops, panels, and guest speakers focusing on key elements of effective leadership within the black community. BSLI participants leave with a deeper sense of community, enhanced leadership skills, and the motivation to impact the world around them. For more information and to register. please visit our website at 

Gloria Anzaldúa Luncheon: Friday February 28, 2014

Gloria Anzaldúa Luncheon: Now in its 3rd year, the Anzaldúa luncheon remembers the legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa by honoring the work of queer feminists of color. This year, QPOCA is proud to honor Mia Mingus for her work on disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. RSVP and updates here:

Changemakers: Crafting the World We Want to See: Wednesday, March 19th @ 12pm, Multicultural Engagement Center – SAC 1.102

Join us for the second installment of the series Changemakers, which will highlight the work of various community members in the greater Austin area. Changemakers will provide an opportunity for members of the UT community to speak with individuals who are working on a broad spectrum of initiatives whose aim is to effect positive social change. Connect with them informally as you learn more about the issues they’re fighting for and what moved them to get involved in the struggle for social justice in the first place!This month our Changemakers series will feature:- Carmen Llanes Pulido (Marathon Kids & Austin Redistricting)
- Yatzel Sabat (Rise Up Texas)
- Naya Jones (Food for Black Thought)
- Alejandro Cáceres (Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition)

For more information, please contact Rocío

Film Screening & Discussion with the Director of “These Birds Walk”, Tuesday, March 25th @ 6pm, CLA 0.102

Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, These Birds Walk documents the struggles of wayward street children and the Samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience. Stick around for a Skype discussion and Q&A with director Omar Mullick following the film!

Film Screening & Discussion – “Jane: An Abortion Service”: Wednesday, March 26th @ 12pm, Multicultural Engagement Center – SAC 1.102

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for a special screening of “Jane: An Abortion Service” and stick around for a discussion following the film!This fascinating political look at a little-known chapter in women’s history tells the story of “Jane”, the Chicago-based women’s health group who performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical training. As Jane members describe finding feminism and clients describe finding Jane, archival footage and recreations mingle to depict how the repression of the early sixties and social movements of the late sixties influenced this unique group. Both vital knowledge and meditation on the process of empowerment, Jane: An Abortion Service showcases the importance of preserving women’s knowledge in the face of revisionist history.Light refreshments and drinks provided!

For more information, please contact Rocío

Latino Leadership Summit: One Step Forward, Un Paso Adelante, Friday April 4th & Saturday April 5th, Various locations

The Latino Leadership Summit (LLS) is a yearly event organized by LLC with the goal of equipping students with the skills to be leaders in their communities. This year’s LLS theme, “One Step Forward, Un Paso Adelante,” seeks to inspire within Latin@ leaders the desire to rise up and initiate positive change for our communities. The summit will allow leaders to engage in dialogue that will encourage self-reflection and further professional development by providing students with the necessary tools to grow. LLS hopes to encourage student leaders to take back what they learn at this summit and use their new knowledge and skills to positively impact their communities and continue to pave the way for future leaders.

Registration for the summit is now open:  please contact for more information, including the registration packet

Latino Leadership Institute

The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) is a 6-8 week leadership program aimed to develop leadership and community skills among freshman and sophomore students. LLI consists of workshops, visitation programs, volunteer opportunities, and free entrance into the Latino Leadership Summit. The program focuses on leadership development, social/political justice education, and vast networking opportunities. Mentors are provided in order to help guide you through the process, as well as give you that first connection. Past participants have completed this program and have become successful leaders both on and off campus for communities in need. Juniors are also welcome to apply, though preference will be given to first- and second-year students.

For more information, please contact María Durán:

The application is available online.

Latino Graduation, Thursday, May 15th @ 7pm, SAC Auditorium

The Latino Leadership Council has been diligently working towards and is proud to present our third ever bilingual Latino Graduation at The University of Texas at Austin! Latino Graduation will be a ceremony where Latino graduates along with their parents, family, and friends have an opportunity to celebrate their success and accomplishments at The University of Texas at Austin as a community.

Registration details will be forthcoming.

Spring 2014 Black Graduation Ceremony and Reception: May 15, 2014, Texas Union Ballroom, 12PM Sharp

Afrikan American Affairs and the 2014 Black Graduation Advisory Committee hopes to celebrate you becoming one out of only 4.5% of black students on campus to not only attend this school, but to successfully graduate from such a prestigious institution. Black Grad accomplishes this through a ceremony and a reception with many family, friends, and distinguished speakers in attendance. Because we are expecting well over 150 Black grads to participate this year, the newly installed Black Graduation Advisory Committee has worked hard to ensure that this Black Graduation is by far the best one UT has ever seen!

Visit our website: for updated information about this year’s festivities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reply to this email or directly to the Black Graduation Advisory Committee Chair, Brandelyn Franks at