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UT at SXSWedu 2017

UT Austin was in the middle of the action during this year’s SXSWedu conference that took place in downtown Austin on March 6-9.

UT’s faculty, staff and students presented, or were included in, 12 sessions and hosted three mentor sessions available to the conference attendees from around the world. The presentations covered many subject matters ranging from preparing students emotionally for college, to STEM education, to design thinking, to helping first generation students succeed through graduate school.

UT System Chancellor William McRaven presented on “Building an Educational Team of Teams.”

The Provost’s Office hosted a large booth in the expo hall during the conference. The booth was staffed by members of the Office of Admissions, College of Education, TEXAS Extended Campus, OnRamps, and the UT Libraries who brought a 3D printer from The Foundry to showcase to attendees and students. 

On the second day of the expo, admissions counselors spoke with hundreds of students, parents and educators about the admissions process and becoming a longhorn. 

"The representation from UT Austin at this year's SXSWedu conference and expo was exceptional and plans are already being made for next year," said Joey Williams, interim communications director for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

2017 Sessions 

The Art & Science of Spatial Perception
Laura Colgin, assistant professor 
Matt Fajkus, associate professor 
Kathleen Kohl, graduate student
Rebecca McInroy, senior producer and host,

EDU-tuber Meet Up
Brooke Miller, EDU content creator and lecturer

Museum, Library & Out-of-School-Time Ed Meet Up
Sarah Morris, learning and assesment librarian

Building an Educational Team of Teams
William McRaven, UT System chancellor

Preparing Students Emotionally for College
Chris Brownson, associate vice president for student affairs

Making the Transition: 1st Gen to Graduate School
Eric Dieter, executive director of Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs

College & Career Readiness: A Whole New World
Nicholas Cobb, student

Design Thinking as a Core Fundamental in Education
Doreen Lorenzo, executive director of the Center for Integrated Design 

Young Children Need #blacklivesmatter
Jennifer Keys Adair, associate professor 

Engaging Students through Immersive Role Play
Calvin Cities, student

Brain-Informed Education for All: Is it Possible?
David Yeager, assistant professor 

STEM Volunteers? Latina SciGirls, FabFems & More
Tricia Berry, director of the Women in Engineering Program

Mentor Sessions

Ashley Bliss Lima, assistant director in the Office of Strategy and Policy

Joan Hughes, associate professor

Amira Pollock, instructor/communication coach