AUSTIN, Texas—The second of three “campus conversations” sessions at The University of Texas at Austin focusing on issues of inclusiveness and diversity will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Sinclair Suite, 3.128 of the Texas Union.
A session that had been planned for Nov. 28 has been changed, due to conflicting schedules, and now will be held Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sinclair Suite, 3.128 of the Texas Union.
Dr. Gregory Vincent, the university’s recently appointed vice provost for inclusion and cross-cultural effectiveness, initiated the “campus conversations.” Vincent said his goal is to encourage dialogue and to help university officials receive input from students, faculty and staff members about issues of inclusiveness and diversity on campus.
President Larry R. Faulkner’s decision to create the new vice provost position was influenced by a report from the Task Force on Racial Respect and Fairness consisting of students, faculty and staff members. Faulkner had convened the task force in March 2003 in the wake of several incidents that, according to the president, “highlighted the racial frictions that prevent our university community from realizing optimum mutual benefits for the whole community or for individual members.”
For more information contact: Enrique Romo, Office of the Provost, 512-471-3212; Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.