- April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month. We won’t be hosting events this year, but our team will be sharing a an on-demand calendar of resources with students.
- Mental Health Promotion Week, April 12-16, will promote elements of positive emotional well-being. Programs throughout the week will emphasize the benefits of exploring mindfulness, community, diversity and inclusion, self-care, gratitude and resilience.
- We're hosting virtual discussion groups for Asian and Asian American students seeking an opportunity for discussionconversation, support and healing amidst the increase in anti-Asian racism and violence. Using the bystander intervention model, BeVocal teamed up with UT Center for Asian American Studies to host workshops covering the history of anti-Asian xenophobia on March 29 and 30. And on March 25, some of our staff participated in a town hall with Austin-area organizations.
- Our team paused for a sweet, social-distanced treat on March 25 for “Sundaes on Thursdaes.” We enjoyed homemade ice cream tacos as a thank-you from our leadership for all our hard work. This re-envisioned version of the staff team-building tradition was the first event since the pandemic began.
- Commit to changing the culture around substance use on campus by signing and sharing SHIFT’s Open Letter. They have more than 200 240 signatures so far.
- The fourth annual Leading & Learning: Student Educator Forum on March 6 focused on engagement, inclusivity, facilitation and mental health. We partnered with the Sanger Learning Center to host 180+ student educators. Keynote speakers included Peniel Joseph (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts) and Darrion Nguyen (@LabShenanigans), a recent UT Austin graduate.
- Our 30 Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators, trained and managed by our team, have been busy supporting public health efforts on campus. They led workshops on self-care, resilience and sexual health, and engaged in a campus-wide public health project. They are also volunteering at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
- Our annual celebration and awards ceremony for student organizations, Evening of the Stars, will be held as a hybrid event on May 4. Look out for details in the May newsletter.
- Join us for Longhorn Run 2021 on April 17. This year’s virtual race will allow you to run or walk the course from wherever you are.
- Our team participated in Explore UT offering virtual yoga sessions, Zumba and POUNDâ ® workouts for all ages, and the opportunity to visit virtually with members of Texas Gymnastics and Texas Wushu.
- Associate Director E.J. Patterson oversaw the annual Texas THON event, held virtually; student participants raised $152,364.52 to benefit pediatric patients at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
- We connected with RecSports alumni at virtual happy hours we hosted for former facility operations and intramural sports student staff, and alumni who work in collegiate recreation. Our Ride Across Texas with RecSports cycle challenge featured free TeXercise group cycling classes in an effort to collectively ride 862 miles, the longest distance ¾ distance — east to west ¾ west — across Texas. Together, participants rode 867.7 miles, exceeding the goal!
- All sessions of Family Orientation will be online this summer. Registration is now open. The team is busy putting together a robust program featuring university leadership, faculty, staff and students. This digital content provides parents and families with information needed for their student’s successful transition to university life. The program supports families of both freshman and transfer students.
- Incoming (and current) parents and families can now sign up for membership in the Texas Parents Association for the 2021-22 academic year. All parents and families of enrolled undergraduate students are members of the Texas Parents Association, the university’s official association of parents and families. Even though membership is automatic, we still need families to sign up for the category that best fits their needs.
- The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be announced in mid-April. Stay tuned for an announcement in the May newsletter.
- During the 2021 Texas Parents Brick Paver campaign, we sold 190 Brick Pavers are laid to lay in front of the Student Services Building before UT Remembers and the May 2021 Commencement. Our office will lay 7 seven memorial bricks honoring students who passed away during the academic year and bricks for the Outstanding Student Award recipients.
- We also have an essential role in the university’s vaccine distribution – and you can help, too! Volunteers are needed to manage the line outside Gregory Gym and answer questions. Staff can volunteer 10 hours a month during work hours with your supervisor’s approval. If you are able to support these efforts, please sign up.
- If you are interested in receiving a vaccine from UT Austin, please fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Form to be placed on the waiting list. When your priority group is authorized by the State of Texas, you will receive a personalized email from UT Health Austin to schedule your appointment. Scheduling people on the waitlist will depend on vaccine availability.
- We’ve reopened the Get Yourself Tested Fund to provide free sexually-transmitted infection (STI) testing.
Dining staff at Destination Spring Break's Sunday Funday event
(Front row) Dylan Smith and Jessica Mendiola (University Unions); (back row) Jennifer Zamora (University Unions), Aimee Huard (University Housing and Dining), Vicki Wooten (Vice President for Student Affairs), Callie Smith (New Student Services) and Rachel Cohen-Ford (University Housing and Dining) at Sunday Funday
- Our Destination Spring Break daily events brought a fun adventure to campus March 14-19. Students enjoyed Austin, New Orleans and Miami in three different areas of campus. To see what our programming team has in store this month, check out the Division Events Calendar.
- Students involved in campus life, volunteer work, tutoring and civic activities can apply for the Bonfire Unity Endowed Presidential Scholarship by April 15. This scholarship honors Longhorns who supported Texas A&M during the 1999 Bonfire tragedy.
- We’ve begun our next cycle of Division strategic planning. Please fill out this Qualtrics survey by April 12 to share your thoughts.
- Division staff engaged in a conversation about The Eyes of Texas History Committee Report during Vice President for Student Affairs office hours Office Hours on March 29. Committee Chair Rich Reddick (College of Education) and Special Advisor to the President Brad Deutser facilitated.
Division staff and friends at The University of Texas at Austin NASPA Reception
- We On March 22, we hosted our annual reception for division Division staff and friends during the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference on March 22.
Texas Tough Fundraiser Recognition on March 30
- Daniel Becton and Aaron Voyles, University Housing and Dining: “Uncovering Bias in Student Staff Selection: Exploring Disparities in a Diverse Pool”
- Sahtiya Hammell, University Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Center, and Marilyn Russell, Office of the Dean of Students, with Christine Gwillim, College of Fine Arts, and Siobhan McCuster, Blanton Museum: “Creative Partnerships with Purpose: Using Artwork to Facilitate Deeper Dialogue Around Harm Prevention”
“A Tip of the Hat to…”
“…the …the Division of Student Affairs team, who received shoutouts and praise from college and school deans during the virtual Deans’ Breakfast meeting on Feb. 25. The deans complimented the team’s efforts, and expressed their gratitude to our staff for stepping up to support students during the pandemic and winter storms.”