Our Initiatives

Vice President for Student Affairs Reunion Tailgate

Our office hosted this year's virtual tailgate before the Texas vs. Oklahoma State game on Oct. 31. Stay tuned for information about next year's tailgate.

Longhorn Family Leadership Council

The council is comprised of Longhorn parents and families who lead the way in volunteerism and philanthropic investment. Appointed by Dr. Lilly, council members assist in fundraising efforts and provide vital feedback from the parent perspective. 

Data Strategy and Management Initiative

The goal is to facilitate the development and implementation of a new university data ecosystem, including data strategies, policies, governance and staffing. It is a joint project of the executive vice president and provost, chief financial officer and vice president for student affairs.

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®)

Supporting UT Austin’s priorities to increase self-awareness of diversity and promote inclusion, Division staffmembers completed the Qualifying Seminar for Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®) Administrators and a council was created. They offer training to Division staff and campus partners.

First-Generation Commitment Working Group

The working group consists of faculty, staff, students and units across campus who will identify and find solutions to increase campus-wide support for first-generation Longhorns.

Listening Series

The Vice President for Student Affairs team meets with students regularly, giving them the ability to share their campus-climate concerns, achievements and status updates in an informal setting.

Division New Staff Welcome

The Division’s senior leaders host this program to welcome new staff members to the team. They share information about the Division’s cutting-edge programs, services and facilities. Staff also meet colleagues and representatives from the nine Division departments and Vice President for Student Affairs.

True Colors®

The Vice President for Student Affairs hosts True Colors® seminars for new Division of Student Affairs staff. The workshop helps staff explore personality strengths and stressors, appreciate differences in the ways people communicate, and better understand relationship building, effective communication and team efforts.

Counseling Fees

Students no longer pay a $10 individual counseling appointment charge at the Counseling and Mental Health Center and pay only $10 of the $15 appointment charge for psychiatry. The Longhorn Network is subsidizing these charges.

Student Employee of the Year Award

The Student Employee of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding student employee who has made a positive impact on the university and has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative and professionalism. The Office of the President, Human Resources and Vice President for Student Affairs, sponsor this recognition of the winner and 10 finalists.

Student Study and Social Space

To help better meet the needs of students, the Vice President for Student Affairs has provided funding so students can meet and study additional hours in the Flawn Academic Center.

Constitution Day

This national holiday in September commemorates the historic signing of the Constitution. The Vice President for Student Affairs works with campus partners to educate students on the rights of citizenship and civic engagement.

Dinner with 16 Longhorns

Hosted in partnership with the Office of the University Ombuds, Dinner with 16 Longhorns brings 16 students from across campus together to create a space for genuine dialogue over dinner.

UT Night at the Austin Trail of Lights

The Vice President for Student Affairs is the key sponsor of UT Night at the Trail of Lights. This special evening in Austin gives students, faculty, alumni, family and friends an opportunity to enjoy the festivities while showcasing Longhorn pride.