On Campus

This page will aid to provide updates on key issues and developments On Campus.

Black Alumni Joint Statement

The UT Black alumni organizations, The Precursors, Inc, The Texas Exes Black Alumni Network, and The Black Ex-Students of Texas, Inc., are releasing the attached statement in support of the “Call for Change” by Black student athletes at The University of Texas at Austin.

As Black alumni spanning from 1956 to present day, we understand the plight of these athletes and the Black students on campus. We also recognize and acknowledge the progress that has been made by the University over the years, but as Black Alumni we know that more needs to be done. In the spirit of “What Starts Here Changes The World” we look forward to being part of the discussions and positive changes that will occur during this monumental point in history.

Hook ’em!For more information or to support this effort email utblackexes@yahoo.com.

Student Engagement

Do you have an interest in being more actively engaged with the current student body and events on campus? Then you can get involved with the Black Alumni Network Student Engagement Committee by contacting Lori Lewis Conerly.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Diversity in Higher Education

The Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin case held oral arguments before the Supreme Court on October 10, 2012. The case brings the issue of race in the admissions process back before the Court for the first time since 2003 when five justices voted to uphold a policy at the University of Michigan that allows an applicant’s race to be one of many factors considered in an admission decision.

The case was remanded back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral arguments will be held on November 13, 2013 at the Federal Courthouse in Austin.

BEST was a party to an Amicus Brief  (friend of the court brief) that was submitted by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Get information and updates from various media outlets, the University or the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Reports of the ‘Bleach Bombs” in West Campus – Statement from Dr. Gregory, J. Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

The Austin Police Department , with the assistance of The University of Texas Police Department, is investigating reports of liquid-filled balloons being dropped on students in West Campus area. They have not confirmed the contents of the balloons or the motives. Once the facts are gathered, the two departments will be able to make a determination of next steps.

The University is taking these incidents very seriously; such an act is considered assault. The newly establishedCampus Climate Response Team includes representatives from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Student Affairs and University Operations. Team representatives from Dean of Students, Division for Diversity and Community Engagement and the UT Police Department are coordinating efforts and following up with students.

Be assured that The University of Texas at Austin continues to support a diverse and inclusive campus culture that is welcoming to students, alumni, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. This fall semester the numbers of African American, Asian American and Hispanic students enrolled increased, continuing a decade-long trend. We continue to support and recruit a diverse student body and work to provide the best educational experience possible for all students. We want every member of the campus community to feel respected, valued and included.