Former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young, who led the team to the 2005 national championship, has returned to UT Austin to work for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). On Sept. 1, Young began serving as development officer for program alumni relations. He will help raise money to support DDCE programs that address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds.
These programs include the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, which is part of the university’s four-year graduation initiative; UT Elementary School; the University Interscholastic League (UIL); and the UT-University Charter School, which has units throughout the state.
“Vince’s passion for the educational success of young people and his experiences as a first-generation college graduate make him a perfect fit for this role,” said Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement. “We are excited about the enthusiasm and skill set he is bringing to our team and look forward to working with Vince.”
DDCE works to create an inclusive, accessible and welcoming culture on campus; cultivate community-university partnerships, with an emphasis on historically and currently underserved communities; create a successful pathway for first-generation and underrepresented students; and serve as a national model for diversity and community engagement through innovative scholarship, teaching, policy development, programs and services.