University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement


The theme for the 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.

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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