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University of Texas, Austin

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin Admissions Welcome Center at Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) 101 East 21st St.
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone
(512) 471-3434
School Information
"The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, ranks among the 40 best universities in the world. It supports some 51,000 diverse students with top national programs across 18 colleges and schools. And as Texas’ leading research university, UT attracts more than $650 million annually for discovery." The university is offering over 400 academic programs and employing over 3,100 faculty. (Source: https://www.utexas.edu/about) (Source: https://www.utexas.edu/about/facts-and-figures)
General Information
UT Austin has not yet launched university-wide initiatives in support of anti-racism. Its football team, the Texas Longhorns, has taken the step of wearing a statement against racism on their helmets. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • University proposes the implementation of political "litmus tests" for hiring, as well as promotions for diversity.
Resources
  • The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis hosted a "COVID-19 Essential Workers and Black Women Series." One of the proposals during the series said, "Workplace establishments should explicitly account for the intersection of gender and race."
Symbolic Actions
  • Texas Longhorns football team will be wearing a statement against racism on their helmets.
  • The Department of History has announced the creation of its "Anti-Racism Action Committee".
  • The University Faculty Council approved a resolution on February 14, 2022 “defending the academic freedom of faculty members to teach about race, gender justice and critical race theory.”
  • On April 14, 2021, the University President approved the Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity to hire and promote a diverse faculty and to support diverse teaching over the next four years.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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