Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, & Diversity

Our Commitment 

The College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin is committed to a culture of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in which students, faculty, staff, and visitors engage in an environment that is welcoming and respectful of all people. The Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee serves as a steward of this facet of the college’s mission. 

We believe that diversity is inextricably linked to excellence. We believe that embracing diversity and social justice—in our faculty, staff, students, research, curricula, and service to the community — creates a rich atmosphere for teaching, learning, and inquiry and is a necessary condition for preparing our graduates to succeed in a diverse world and to change it for the better. We recognize a history of oppression, inequity, and structural discrimination in the university, local, state, and national context. We leverage diversity and interdisciplinarity as critical components in our innovative research, inclusive and empowering curricula, and professional leadership.

Initiatives

We view inclusiveness and excellence as being interconnected.  Our college welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences.  These values are reflected in the work we do.

Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots

Created by the National Deaf Center for Postsecondary Outcomes, Deafverse is an online choose-your-own-adventure game designed for deaf teenagers to build confidence, learn their rights, and develop skills to succeed in their transition from high school to adult life.

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Department of Special Education sponsors a free, annual conference that highlights both academic and personal perspectives of autism. Participants get to hear from world-renowned researchers about cutting edge research and participate in panel discussions about the personal side of autism.

Educate Out Loud: A Research and Practice Symposium

LGBTQ+ issues in education deserve more attention, insight, and action. To this end, we are proud to host the inaugural Educate Out Loud: A Research and Practice Symposium dedicated to exploring issues and topics related to LGBTQ+ people in teacher preparation, higher education, and the field of education generally.

Hiring Interdisciplinary Faculty Members

In order to position the college to make big advances in interdisciplinary scholarship, we are conducting two novel college-wide faculty searches—one in bilingual education and one in prevention science— that specifically designed to support the college’s signature impact areas.