Diversity Commitment

FAS Diversity Commitment

Financial and Administrative Services is dedicated to supporting the mission of the University of Texas at Austin of unlocking potential and preparing future leaders of the state. One of the essential elements of meeting that mission is conducting our work in a way that reflects our value of diversity in its many facets.

To that end, we want all of our employees to feel confident that their varied backgrounds and experiences are valued. In a similar manner, we embrace the expectation those experiences, in concert with the portfolio’s other values of innovation, integrity, service, stewardship, and teamwork, will inform their work.

We commit to supporting our staff with training and professional development to ensure diverse voices are invited, included, and listened to in our work environment. We promote and sustain a sense of belonging for all of our colleagues. We commit to growing our retention, promotion, recruitment, and hiring efforts to improve diversity at all levels in the portfolio.

Darrell Bazzell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Our national conversation around the senseless death of George Floyd and others has raised many questions about institutional discrimination and bias – questions which similar incidents have, in the past, yielded little consensus around satisfactory answers. And yet, our current moment feels differently.

Binta Brown

Binta Brown has been appointed to Director of Diversity and Talent Management effective August 1. This new role reflects our holistic commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Diversity

The purpose of the FAS EDI Committee is to guide the development of initiatives that help build a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity within FAS as well as challenge practices that create barriers to inclusion.

FAS Diversity News

Members appointed to FAS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

In my June 19, 2020 email to FAS, I shared plans to form a committee of staff from across our portfolio to advise me and our senior leadership team on strategies to help build a culture of inclusion, equity and diversity. On December 11, I reached out again, this time to encourage staff members to apply to participate in the new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.

Explore and appreciate the Black experience

Celebrated in America each February, Black History Month gives us the opportunity to explore the unique nature of the Black experience. This month and in the years ahead, I encourage all of us to acknowledge and celebrate the multitude of contributions made by African Americans during our nation’s history.

Celebrating LGBT History Month and our differences

The month of October offers FAS staff and the UT community an opportunity to learn about and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history.

Valuing diversity in our workplace

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. In this interview with Veronica Trevino, media manager for Financial and Administrative Services (FAS), Binta Brown, FAS director of Diversity and Talent Management, talks about the importance of celebrating this month and embracing the diversity of the FAS portfolio.

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