University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

Message from Dr. Vincent

March 12, 2012

Each year, the DDCE’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center sponsors The Project—a one-day student community service event that engages students, faculty, staff and community members in a day of service focused on a specific Austin neighborhood. The Project has been so successful that a few years ago, UT Austin was selected as the site for the second annual Clinton Global Initiative – University conference. Conference participants from around the nation joined with our students for a two-day event in East Austin’s Rosewood neighborhood.

This year, The Project was bigger and better than ever. We established a new partnership with the Texas Exes to get alumni chapters across the globe involved in The Project through Texas Exes Care about The Project. The Austin chapter worked alongside students in the Dove Springs Community on the day of The Project—Feb. 25. Fifty-two other chapters developed their own community service projects throughout the month of February.

From Lubbock to London, the effort put forth in Texas Exes Care about The Project was incredible! The alumni have built houses, cleaned up parks and waterways, donated blood, volunteered at homeless shelters, fed prisoners and donated food to numerous food banks across the country. And the best part is that many of the chapters want to continue community service work throughout the year.

The DDCE is proud of the dedication to service and community engagement demonstrated by our alumni and students—once again proving that What Starts Here Changes the World. We look forward to next year’s event even more!

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