University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement


29th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights is Access and Opportunities.

This year, through a partnership with the African American Male Research Initiative and the Longhorn Campaign for Men of Color, we will focus on black student-athletes and their experiences at a variety of institutions. Conference participants will openly examine and candidly discuss the numerous and complex issues surrounding the black student-athlete. Scholars, coaches, conference commissioners, athletic directors, academic advisors, student affairs professionals, principals, present and former student-athletes, journalists, and others are invited. This conference constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues related to the black experience within amateur athletics. Although the conference has a fee associated with it, the opening evening event on January 7 is free and open to the public. There will be a keynote by Daron Roberts, director of UT Austin’s new Institute for Sports Leadership and Innovation plus two panel discussions–one on the history of integration of UT athletics; the other regarding the Prairie View Interscholastic League. The evening will close with a reception. There are limited number of tickets available. If you are not paying for the full conference, please reserve your ticket for the evening event by visiting our Eventbrite page.

On April 18, we will host the Barbara Jordan Media Awards as part of the Sweatt Symposium. Media professionals and students will be honored for outstanding material that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities, using People First language and respectful depictions.

We wrap up the Sweatt Symposium this year with the Evening of Honors and presentation of the Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award on May 15. Please stay updated by visiting and this web site for more details.

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