|"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." -- Audre Lorde
Our Dead Behind Us Quotes. goodreads. Lorde, A. (1994). Our Dead Behind Us: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
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Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865 — two and a half years after the official Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. ACC honors this special day of freedom, achievement, and reflection by welcoming the community onto our campus to learn and celebrate.
Join ACC’s 2023 Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 16, at the Eastview Campus, and invite your friends, family, and colleagues to participate in this important day. Hosted by the African American Cultural Center at ACC, the communitywide Juneteenth celebration will include music, games, live performances, and more. Click HERE for details
Check out these events in May to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Month!
This year’s theme is Black Resistance: How the movement shaped Black Representation, Diversity, and Identity. All events are sponsored by the College, the ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center, and the ACC African-American Cultural Center and the Office of Student Life.
"Dedicating a month to a certain part of the population is the government’s way of making the group feel that its history, heritage and struggles are recognized by the nation. Jason Low, a publisher focused on books promoting diversity said 'At best, ethnic heritage months increase awareness for a finite amount of time. Once the month has ended, the very problem that the given heritage month was designed to address resets itself, and 'those books' are put away and ignored for another year.'"
Heritage months may play an important role in "looking inward and educating the... community that American history is also their own history." Even if a heritage month doesn't "live up to the dream that some people had...we’re better off having such a month than not having it.'" Guttman, N. (2015, May 30). Why does no one care about Jewish Heritage Month? Forward.
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ACC’s interim manager of Staff Professional Development and Evaluations, Nicole Bell, has been nominated for a DivInc Champions of Change Award.
Bell is among six Austinites recognized with a People’s Choice Award nomination for their community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. Nominees were chosen by a selection committee comprised of diverse and distinguished leaders and advocates in Austin.
Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award and runs through Thursday, February 9, 2023.
The winner will be announced at the 5th Annual Champions of Change Awards on March 2 at Distribution Hall.
Learn more about Bell in her 2020 ACC Talks Black History Month interview.
Accessibility Services There is a Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office at each campus. If you have a disability, contact Accessibility Services at the campus that's most convenient for you.
African-American Cultural Center The African-American Cultural Center at the Eastview Campus strives to increase understanding in the ACC and Central Texas communities of the culture, history and contributions of African-Americans.
Latino/Latin American Studies Center "El Centro" The Latino/Latin American Studies Center, also known as El Centro, is an inter-disciplinary, college-wide Center supporting Latino and Mexican American studies. It strives to increase understanding in the ACC and Central Texas communities of the culture, history and contributions of Latinos.
LGBT eQuity at Austin Community College Founded in 2015, the LGBT eQuity Committee strives to educate faculty, staff and students on the issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community to better support them at ACC and works to create lasting systemic change at ACC by revising policies and providing robust support networks by hosting LGBTQIA+ events.