Congratulations to Dr. Gloria Williams on her recent appointment as assistant superintendent of student support services, effective March 8, 2021. Dr. Williams will lead the district’s educational support services, including after-school and evening programs, tutoring, and on-site childcare in safe and structured learning environments, as well as enrichment and special services for refugees, students who are homebound or experiencing homelessness, and adults learning ESL. “We are fortunate to call upon Dr. Williams’ long-standing educational leadership and deeply rooted community work to strengthen AISD’s support services for all of our students,” Dr. Anthony Mays, chief school leadership officer said. “Dr. Williams leads with equity in mind, spearheading a contemporary and intentional partnership approach [...]
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter awards a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000/year) to a graduating African American High School Senior from an accredited high school in the Austin metropolitan area. The Town Lake (TX) Chapter will review applications from African American high school seniors attending a university or college in the Summer or Fall of 2021. Applicants must meet the following criteria. Be in the top quartile of class rank (3.0 GPA or higher) Be graduating under the Recommended High School Plan Be involved in extra-curricular activities Financial need is considered Relatives of The Links, Incorporated are ineligible to participate as a candidate for the scholarship All applicants need to disclose if they are [...]
Please join the Town Lake (TX) Chapter on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 7:00 PM for a high-stakes evening at Mardi Gras Casino Royale! Your favorite casino games will be right at your fingertips, including: Place your wager and cheer for your favorite thoroughbred as if you’re at the Kentucky Derby! This will be a virtual experience like no other where you’ll be able to not only try your luck at winning amazing prizes but do so while supporting the following transformational programs that target the underserved within the Austin Community. SCHOLARSHIPS - $20,000 college scholarship awarded to a deserving African American college-bound high school senior. STEM | ROBOTICS EDUCATION - Partnership [...]
As the end of the year approaches, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our donors who supported us through the pandemic. Recently, the Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presented the Central Texas Food Bank with a $10,000 donation, which was matched by other Food Bank donors and increased our impact to $40,000. Your support makes our community service possible in the greater Austin metropolitan area, and as we close out the year, we are grateful for our donors, who enabled the Town Lake (TX) Chapter in 2020 to donate a total of $30,000 to the Central Texas Food Bank, provide $20,000 in college scholarships, and donate more than $15,000 in COVID relief [...]
The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, congratulates our chapter members, Joya Hayes on receiving the coveted Dewitty/Overton Award, and Dr. Chiquita Watt Eugene on receiving the award for Outstanding Leadership during the NAACP 55th Annual Dewitty/Overton Freedom Fund Banquet Awards 2020. For more information, please visit: http://www.naacpaustin.com/2020-banquet-information.html
Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presents “Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin” on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Join us virtually on our webinar as we use our vision and voices to advocate for a better tomorrow. Don’t miss this opportunity to support community programs including: Hear leading government, educational, and civic leaders address the impact of policies that have adversely affected people of color. Learn how community-driven actions, along with public policy changes, grounded in equity, can create meaningful change for our families, friends, and neighbors in the Austin community. Be inspired to get involved, and embolden civic leaders to create policies that will [...]
Congratulations Daina R. Berry on another outstanding perspective on the meaning of Juneteenth. After 155 years, Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved Americans, is being acknowledged as a holiday by corporations and state governments across the country. Today, we consider why, throughout its history, Juneteenth has gained prominence at moments of pain in the struggle for black liberation in America. We also ask: What does freedom mean now? Guest: Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: In a project examining the history and import of Juneteenth, we ask: What is freedom in America? Opal [...]
Aileen Bumphus Recognized by Diverse Education Saluting this Year’s Top 35 Women in Higher Education
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated congratulates Dr. Aileen Bumphus, Associate Vice President of the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence on your selection by Diverse Education as one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education.
The Junior League of Austin (JLA) announced Town Lake (TX) Chapter member, Toya Cirica Bell, as JLA's 2020 Volunteer Extraordinaire. Each year the League awards this honor to a Sustaining member who "has utilized past League training to demonstrate and promote volunteerism into the community beyond their active years with the League." https://issuu.com/thejuniorleagueofaustin/docs/spring_2020_jla_capitalines/46
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter is proud to announce that chapter member Daina Ramey Berry, chair of the University of Texas History Department, was featured on MSNBC on Sunday, June 14, 2020, to speak about the significance of Tulsa's 'Black Wall Street' at this moment of time.