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Spring 2021


College 101 Workshop Series for Parents and Students Launched

In January 2021, the department launched the College 101 Workshop Series to provide information and support for high school students and parents. The series includes three different workshops:
     1. College 101 for students
     2. College 101 for parents
     3. Paying for College

The virtual workshops will be led by G-Force Mentor Program students throughout spring 2021. The goal of the presentations is to help make the college going process easier by providing step-by-step instructions about how to prepare for college, enrollment timelines, and information about federal and state financial aid programs. [Click here for more information to register.]


Young WISE Investigators Students Compete in Virtual Research Competition

The Young Women In Science and Engineering Investigators (YWISE) Program is off to a phenomenal start despite the struggles of going all virtual. The competition began in September with an online kickoff event. There are currently 9 teams of 3-4 high school students that have spent the past 4 months working on the research and design plans for their projects. Each team is mentored through a combination of UT Dallas college mentors, professional industry mentors and UT Dallas faculty advisors. The 11th and 12th grade students come from four high schools in Richardson and Dallas Independent School Districts. The investigators are working on research projects that range from flying drones, testing wind turbines, creating applications that promote safety for children learning remotely, and testing various hand sanitizers to determine whether the alcohol meets the criteria for killing bacteria and viruses. The students will present their research virtually at our final project competition on Saturday, April 17, 2021 and compete for a chance to win scholarships to attend UT Dallas. The 2019-20 research presentations are available to view on the UT Dallas Community Engagement YouTube channel. For more information about the program visit the program’s website. [Read More]


Community Engagement 2019-20 Annual Report Available

The Department of Community Engagement recently published the 2019-20 Annual Report which outlines outcomes for the department’s major initiatives, data on the staff’s outreach, and the impacts of COVID-19 on college preparation programs. The report is available on the Department of Community Engagement’s website. [Read More]



Fall 2020


#COMETogetherUTD to Support our Community Engagement Efforts

UT Dallas will host a special 50th anniversary edition of Comets Giving Day. The Department of Community Engagement is raising funds to purchase 100 TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators for students in the Future Comets Program. The program provides math enrichment and college readiness activities for middle- and high-school students from North Texas schools. The program will launch virtually in the fall and students will need access to graphing calculators to maximize their success in their math course. In addition, the department is seeking support for the Douglas Aundre Peterson Fund for Homeless Students. Help us positively impact the lives of students at UT Dallas and in North Texas. #COMETogetherUTD on August 5-6, 2020. [Click here to donate.]


STEM Program Inspires Young Women

The Young Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Investigators Program ended on a high note in May when students from 13 teams conducted their research presentations virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The students from Dallas and Richardson ISDs conducted a nine-month science or engineering project with support of UT Dallas and industry mentors to compete for scholarships to attend the University. [Read More]


Employee Honors Son with New Fund for Homeless Students

Longtime employee Rosie Peterson has established a new UT Dallas endowed fund for homeless and vulnerable students to honor the memory of her son, Douglas Aundre Peterson. Douglas died in 2018 at age 48 after an illness. He worked for Walmart Inc. in Dallas before moving to Mobile, Alabama, where he grew up, the year before he died. Peterson, director of institutional diversity initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, said her son was known for helping others. [Read More]



Fall 2019


AT&T Grant Brightens Future for Academic Bridge, Future Comets

The University of Texas at Dallas received a $75,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to support the academic Bridge and Future Comets programs, which help prepare young students for college life and STEM careers through advising, mentoring and tutoring. Launched in 2017, the Future Comets program provides college readiness services for students primarily from Dallas and Richardson school districts. The program offers year-round supplemental instruction and leadership development to students preparing for college and STEM degrees. [Read More]


Fall 2018


Celebrating 10 Years of Community Outreach

 This year, the UT Dallas Department of Community Engagement celebrates its 10th year of operation. The office was created in 2008 as part of the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, and was established with the goal of strengthening the University’s connection to historically underrepresented communities in North Texas. Since then, the Department of Community Engagement has hosted hundreds of college access programs reaching thousands of first generation and low-socioeconomic students and their parents. [Read More]


Summer Camps Excite Students About STEM

 This summer more than 60 students from middle and high schools explored science and engineering concepts and careers at residential camps hosted by the Department of Community Engagement. From building model rockets to exploring the ways bacteria spread on surfaces around us, campers learned from UT Dallas faculty and students about the impact of science, technology, engineering and math on our lives. [Read More]



Diversity Scholars Celebration Honors Graduates

 During the spring semester, the Diversity Scholars Program honors students who will be graduating at our annual end-of-the-year banquet. This year, the celebration was particularly meaningful because the program celebrated the largest number of graduates in the program’s history. [Read More]