Student Resources

Minority Liaison Officer

Dr. Paula M. Poindexter, BMC 3.310

The Minority Liaison Officer is an advocate and adviser, charged with encouraging and counseling minority students and supervising their academic growth and development. The term “minority” includes all historically underrepresented groups, including race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Each new graduate cohort will meet the Minority Liaison Officer at graduate orientation in August.  This is an opportunity to welcome new students to the program and to alert students to the liaison’s role as a guide to help minority students navigate the school’s administration. The MLO is also available for one-on-one consultations, for help with problems, advice on succeeding, or professional development conversation. You may contact the MLO at

Journalism Writing Support Program

Do you dream of a career in journalism yet struggle with writing tight leads and strong nut graphs? The Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence is launching a pilot for a Journalism Writing Center designed to bridge that gap. A journalism writing coach will work one-on-one with you at the Belo Center for New Media (3.372) to improve your writing, organize peer critique groups and lead workshops to reinforce critical core skills in journalism. Diana Dawson, coach and center director, is a nationally recognized reporter and writer who has taught the beginning news writing class (now J310F) in the School of Journalism for 17 years.

Take advantage of this free pilot program today and return as often as you like to polish a skill or correct a problem. Questions? Ask Diana at

Accent Reduction Program

The University of Texas Speech and Hearing Center (UTSHC) can provide accent reduction for all ages, all professions, and all levels of education from diverse cultural backgrounds, and in all industries. This is especially helpful for students with TA positions. Accent reduction helps make speech easier to understand. If you are a non-native English speaker who wants to reduce an accent, contact the UTSHC. A speech pathologist will evaluate your speech pattern then determine what can be done to modify your accent and improve your overall communication. A set of goals based on your individual needs will be developed. Training sessions may be individual or in small groups.

If you are interested in an appointment, please contact Mary Anne Nericcio, Ph.D., 512- 471-2014 or email

The Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling

The following resources are designed to assist students from historically underserved populations plan careers. You can also visit the diversity section of our career resource library in JES A115 for books and magazines to aid your career or internship search.

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

The DDCE works to promote diversity of color on campus to ensure not only that deserving students, faculty, and researchers from all walks of life are able to come here, but that they are able to flourish. That includes working to ensure that the Forty Acres is free from discriminatory practices, harassment, and misconduct and that all persons who come here are able to pursue their work in a fair and equitable workplace.  The DDCE’s diverse initiatives and how they can serve students are described on their web site.

Informational: Free Statistical Consulting Services

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences offers free statistical consulting services.   All UT Austin students, faculty, and staff are eligible for up to one hour of free consulting each week. Our statistical consultants are available for appointments by phone/Skype or in-person, and they can also answer questions over email.

For email consultations, send questions to

For more information about our Free Consulting Services, Software Short Courses, and the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, please visit our website at