News Category: diversity

Vendor diversity encouraged by HUB/SB Program in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM)
Sept. 30, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15 - October 15. To commemorate this occasion, the Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee spoke with Tiffany Gibson, Director of the Historically Underutilized Business & Small Business (HUB/SB) program.

Utility and Energy Management promotes Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with the Employee Engagement Plan

UEM Core Values
Sept. 23, 2021

Employees from Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) at the University of Texas at Austin began an employee engagement initiative in 2018 to promote an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment within the organization.

Learning & Development introduces listeners to new ideas through “Make Me Love What You Do” podcast

Make Me Love What You Do
July 5, 2021

On June 20, 21, UT Learning & Development launched a pilot podcast, “Make Me Love What You Do,” an opportunity to hear about diverse individuals at the university and their contributions to the UT community. The first podcast featured Kate Biberdorf, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Natural Science’s Department of Chemistry known for her unique and compelling teaching style. “Make Me Love What You Do” podcasts are available at Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

EAP provides resources to support LGBTQIA+ colleagues in the workplace

FAS Diversity Icon
June 28, 2021

In a recent blog post, Jamie Justus, counselor in the HealthPoint Employee Assistance Program, discusses the fear and isolation that many people experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be magnified for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual, plus allies).

FAS publishes guidance supporting use of gender non-specific pronouns

FAS Diversity Icon
June 17, 2021

When it comes to addressing someone by their preferred pronouns, the FAS Gender Non-Specific Pronouns webpage provides useful guidance and resources for helping others feel valued, respected and included. Among other resources, two from the university’s Gender and Sexuality Center are featured: Pronouns – A How-to-Guide (also in Spanish) and Nonbinary Pronouns in Multiple Languages.

UTPD’s interest-based district representative builds relationships with LGBTQIA+ community

Sergeant David Chambers
June 11, 2021

Sergeant David Chambers was commissioned as a peace officer for the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) in 2016. Close to a year later, UTPD developed an interest-based representation program to provide law enforcement connections and resources to specific groups. When approached by UTPD leadership to be the representative for the LGBTQIA+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual, plus allies), Chambers, who identifies as gay, agreed right away.

Office of Sustainability’s CEC leads student-facing sustainability efforts

Diego Allison picking up an Upcycling Kit
May 26, 2021

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Campus Environmental Center (CEC) student organization serves as a student voice for sustainability initiatives across campus, according to Environmental Center Coordinator Brianna Duran.

UTCDC celebrates diversity with multicultural drive-through festival and bookfair

Tents exhibiting different countries and cultures at the UTCDC multicultural festival drive-through
April 30, 2021

On April 24, the UT Child Development Center (UTCDC) partnered with families and a local Black-owned bookstore to host a multicultural drive-through festival and bookfair for children and their families. The multicultural festival is an annual celebration of diversity that provides children an opportunity to learn and explore different cultures from around the world.

Landscape Services partners with University Housing and Dining and South Asia Institute to create South Asia Garden

A blue pottery water feature at the South Asia Garden
April 27, 2021

While the Landscape Services Installation team often participates in landscape rehabilitation or other special projects, they shine when afforded the opportunity to use historical and horticultural knowledge to find landscape solutions. Such an opportunity arrived when University Housing and Dining (UHD) Sustainability Coordinator Neil Kaufman asked for a unique planter for the South Asia Garden.

Collaboration among FAS units and campus partners improves tuition billing and payment processes for students

New tuition billing process for UT
April 14, 2021

Starting with the fall 2021 semester, the university will implement improvements to tuition billing and payments that will make it easier for students to pay their tuition and to receive financial aid and scholarships. These process improvements are the result of collaboration that began in November 2019 with the support of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darrell Bazzell and then-provost Maurie McInnis.