November 1, 2021

Dear Cockrell School Students, Faculty and Staff,

Last month I talked in my message about micromessaging and encouraged small acts of community support, from intervening as a bystander when you witness a microinequity to intentionally practicing micro-affirmations on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, sometimes members of our community experience actions that go beyond the micro level and rise to the level of overt racism or sexism or other hate speech that does not reflect the values of the Cockrell School of Engineering. In that vein, it is important to periodically reaffirm our commitment to the you belong here principle:

In the Cockrell School, You Belong Here is not a program or a campaign. There is no start or end date. And there is no sign-up sheet. Rather, it is an unwavering assertion — of a belief, a truth and a promise — that captures and defines our sustained commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is a statement of support for all members of our community, no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they look like.

When we experience incidents on campus that make us feel unwelcome, it disrupts our study and work. Hopefully this does not happen to you, but if it does, there are several resources available. First, know that if you’re unsure what to do or you simply lose track of this email, you can reach out to me directly at any time. Last month, Dr. LaToya Smith sent a message to the entire UT community with a link to the new Inclusive Campus Support website. At this site, you can make a report of a campus climate experience but, more importantly, you can also request personalized support and resources.

Building community is one way we find support and affirmation for our intersecting identities and one way we as a community can combat intolerance. In the Cockrell School, we have many excellent student-driven organizations that provide support for our diverse student populations. I wanted to close my message this month with a list of these organizations and information about how you can connect with them. While these organizations are student-led, many welcome all members of the Cockrell School community to join them — including staff and faculty!

Out in STEM at UT Austin (oSTEM)
Next Meeting: November 1, 6 PM TODAY!! (and then every other Monday at 6 PM)
RLP 1.106 and on Zoom
Open to: Anyone interested in STEM that is an ally or member of the LGBTQIA+ community

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Next Meeting: November 3, 7:15 PM
ETC 2.108 and on Zoom (link TBA)
Open to: Anyone in the UT community

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Next Meeting: November 4, 7 PM
BUR 116
Open to: Anyone

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) |
Next Meeting: November 9, 6:15 PM
ETC 2.136
Open to: Anyone and everyone, regardless of major, identity or background

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) | UT SWE Linktree
Next Meeting: November 9, 7 PM
CPE 2.218 and on Zoom
Open to: Anyone in the Cockrell School community and all STEM majors

Engineering LGBQTies (QTies)
Next General Meeting: November 10, 6-7 PM
ETC 2.136
Open to: Anyone at UT, but primarily LGBTQ+ Cockrell students and allies

Pi Sigma Pi
Next General Meeting: November 16 at 6:15 PM
ETC 2.136
Open to: Anyone looking for a fun loving community within Cockrell

Graduates for Underrepresented Minorities (GUM)
Next Meeting: November 18
Check website for more details
Open to: Graduate students and postdocs from UT Austin

Pick out an upcoming meeting to attend and get to know some of your fellow Cockrell School community members.


Christine Julien Signature

Christine Julien
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cockrell School of Engineering