October has been a month of celebration for the DDCE. We started off with the Community Leadership Awards at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) on October 3, held the dedication ceremony for the new facility at UT Elementary School, and wrapped up the month with the 50th anniversary celebration for the Regional Foundation Library. Those three events are reflective of how broad our community engagement efforts are.
The DDCE hosts two other community leadership awards events each year besides the one held at the MACC; all three recognize the outstanding work that our community partners do to improve the greater Austin community. UT Elementary School is an example of one of our initiatives that prepare underrepresented students for college, and the Regional Foundation Library is just one of the ways we work with nonprofits in the community.
With more than 250 collaborative community partnerships across the division, we play a major role in expanding the boundaries of the university beyond the physical campus and helping the university meet its mission of service. We hope you have the opportunity to learn more about our community engagement efforts in the new 2011-2012 DDCE Impact Report, which also includes information about our campus culture, academic diversity, education pipeline and research initiatives as well.