Tuesday, May 8, 2018
VIP Reception at 11:30 am Lunch 12 pm – 1 pm
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
The ACC Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) will hold its annual fundraiser on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The event’s theme, “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders,” ties in with the Center’s mission to empower ACC students to gain practical experience in learning how government policies are created and executed.
Additionally, CPPPS will present the Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Award to a member of the community who embodies the spirit of the Center’s mission: to expand knowledge of and participation in political processes and public policy for ACC students and their communities.
CPPPS also is giving students of Austin Community College a unique opportunity to hear this year’s keynote speaker.
To reserve a student ticket, click the button below.
This year’s keynote is by Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University. Dr. Burnette, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, joined Huston-Tillotson as president and chief executive officer July 1, 2015. She is the first female president of the university.
After serving in a wide array of higher education posts, most recently as the interim president of Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, Dr. Burnette arrived at Huston-Tillotson with a mission to set the university apart as the intellectual heartbeat of East Austin. One way of pacing the university on its path is through IDEAL, a set of core values by which Dr. Burnette leads and expects for her community of scholars and educators to lead. These values are Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, and Leadership. In addition to the values, Dr. Burnette gave rise to special initiatives such as “Green is the New Black” to ensure there is intentional steps taken to care for the environment and increasing the number of men of color in K-12 classrooms. She also inspired many powerful Huston-Tillotson social media hashtags such as #geniusgeneration and #wearethepipeline.
Dr. Burnette has a deep passion for the community, as she sits on numerous local committees and boards including, but not limited to, the Mayor of Austin’s taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Greater Austin Black and Austin Area Chamber of Commerces.
Nationally, she serves on The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering Advisory Committee and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church Board.
In addition to sharing her rewarding life with her Huston-Tillotson family, she is the wife of Daarel (Retired LTC) and the mother of Daarel II of Washington, D.C. and Daana of New York, NY.
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