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Community Leadership Awards

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s
Community Leadership Awards Series

Since 2007 the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) has annually hosted a series of Community Leadership Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their legacy of service to the Austin and greater Texas region. Comprised of three distinct awards events, recipients are chosen for their longstanding commitment to bettering the Hispanic, African American or Asian American communities. Strides are made to recognize those individuals and organizations who are visible within their respective fields, and can thus serve as role models to the youth. Past honors have been bestowed on individuals from the fields of education, media, business, law, government and the non-profit sector. Each event traditionally welcomes a standing room only audience of several hundred invited guests who hear remarks from UT Austin President Bill Powers and DDCE Vice President Dr. Gregory J. Vincent.

Community Leadership Awards at the Mexican American Cultural Center

Incepted in 2008, this segment of the Community Leadership Awards, hosted at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), honors individuals and organizations for their service to the Austin and greater Texas Hispanic community. Past recipients include H-E-B and Joe and Teresa Lozano Long.

Community Leadership Awards at the Carver Center in East Austin

The George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center in East Austin plays host to the first of the Community Leadership Awards, incepted in 2007, which honors individuals and organizations for their service to Austin and Texas’ African American community. Past recipients include Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and former Dallas mayor and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Asian American Community Leadership Awards

The Asian American Community Leadership Awards honor individuals and organizations for their service to Austin and the greater-Texas Asian American community at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. First held in 2010 in partnership with the Association of Asian American Studies, the event is now hosted in partnership with the UT Center for Asian American Studies and the Texas Exes Asian Alumni Network. Past recipients include SAHELI (Support. Advocate. Heal. Empower. Listen. Inform.), The Honorable Dr. Martha Wong and the Network of Asian American Organizations.