May 11, 2015 - 01:53 pm CDT

Upcoming events and information for May, as seen on Univison.

In an effort to facilitate dialogue on important community issues, The City of Austin’s Conversation Corp Has announced six months of topics for which we; as well as Capital Metro and Austin Independent School District will be seeking public input for. Beginning May 11th, each round of conversations will begin the second Monday of the month at various times and locations throughout Austin. For details on locations, dates and times for these conversations, please visit ATXTalks.org

Friday May 15th from 8:30am-12pm The Asian Behavioral Health Network and the YWCA Greater Austin will be presenting "The Hidden Epidemic: Bullying and Asian American Youth" at the Asian American Resource Center. This event is a training that will focus on the impact of bullying with Asian American students in schools and will be free and open to the public. Mental health professionals, caseworkers, educators, school counselors, youth workers and parents/family are encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit the Asian American Resource Center website at http://www.austintexas.gov/aarc

As part of the 2015 West Austin Studio Tour, Art in Public places is hosting a Public Art Crawl featuring new public art along 2nd street on Saturday May 16th at 10:00am. Those who are interested in attending should meet at City Hall plaza at 10 a.m. for a guided walking tour. For more information please visit http://west.bigmedium.org.

The City of Austin Animal Services will be providing a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older on May 16th from 8:00am to 12:00pm at Richard Moya Park (10001 Burleson Road). As required by state law, an owner or handler of a dog must have their pet vaccinated. If you are interested in coming, please bring your dog on a leash and your cat in a secured box with air holes. For more information about Animal Services and the Austin Animal Center, please visit www.austinanimalcenter.org.

And finally, Monday May 18th  The Austin Taiwanese Association will be presenting Taiwanese Aborigines USA Culture Tour.  There will be cultural dance performances and showcases of musical pieces from 7 aborigines tribes in Taiwan. Doors will open at 6:00pm with a performance at 6:30 followed by a meet and greet at 7:30. This event will be free with an R.S.V.P by visiting AUSTINTAIWANESE.org and will be located at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Austin, please call Austin 311. 

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Apr 20, 2015 - 04:16 pm CDT

Slam poetry, live music and the challenges and goals of the greatest city in Texas- after one-hundred days in office Mayor Adler delivers the first State of the City Address.

On Monday evening, April 13, 2015 in a free and open event at the new A.I.S.D. Performing Arts Center Mayor Alder gave the first Annual State of the City Address for Austin, Texas. Special guests also included AISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, a musical performance by Max Frost, poetry by Christopher Michael and A Vision for Austin's Future by AISD Student Valentina Tovar.

The Mayor discussed the future of Austin, touching on the biggest challenges including mobility, affordability, permitting, health care and inequality and provided a broad scope of solutions to push forward for a greater Austin. As Adler noted in his speech, "Austin is a great city, a unique city, a much loved and admired city and as a result, we've become something we never set out to be: a big city.” Adler and the Council hope to overcome these challenges using challenge-specific solutions, with the broader mindset of "inclusion, innovation and intentional improvisation."

The Community Engagement intern team was also in attendance to aid the Mayor’s office in ticket collection, ushering and directing the media.

Click here to watch the speech!

 

-Madeline Krebs, Community Engagement Intern

Apr 20, 2015 - 03:33 pm CDT

On April 15th, 2015 the City of Austin hosted the second Community Journalist Conference. The conference was held to enhance collaboration between the City and local media outlets, with a special focus on minority media outlets. Over forty journalist and media representatives attended to network and receive the inside scoop from City of Austin Public Information Office (PIO) team members.

After a welcome from Mayor Adler, the attendees learned about the various City departments as well as a two panel presentations. The first panel discussion was based on transparency and walked through protocol for social media, news releases, press conferences and open records requests. The panelists also discussed Austin 3-1-1, emergency communication and other tools and information to further the City’s transparency. The second panel hosted representatives from other departments like Parks and Rec, Transportation, Neighborhood Housing Community Division and Health and Human Services to discuss their respective roles throughout the City and within their departments.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The attendees also go to hear the latest stories pitched from the Public Information Office Media specialists and get introduced to the ATXN, the City’s own video production team. The morning was not without plenty of networking opportunities between City staff and other journalists and media staff- and of course some pan dulce and donuts to sweeten the affair.

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to all of our participants! Be sure to check out the event video and photos. Stay tuned for the next Community Journalist Conference!

 

Check out the official Twitter hashtag #CJC15 below! 

 


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- Madeline Krebs, Community Engagement Intern

Apr 08, 2015 - 03:22 pm CDT

The City of Austin held the first-ever Community Journalist Conference on March 31st in the Boards and Commissions Room at City Hall. Community media outlets from all over the Austin area came and gave the City feedback on what they would like to see and there were several presentations about resources that the City has to offer. Some topics addressed were:

  • Demographics
  •  Public participation
  • Online transparency
  • Social media
  • The City protocol for large events

Check out the video below:

 

 

Mar 04, 2015 - 04:27 pm CST

Meeting the Community  Engagement Interns

The Community Engagement office currently has five interns that each work on a variety of projects to aid in the public input gathering for City Council policy questions, design and facilitate activities to develop community consent and facilitate activities meant to resolve issues and concerns in Austin. 

 

Christina Johnson

Christina Johnson is a Senior at Crockett High School and came to the Community Engagement department through the Austin Corps program, where high school students visit multiple departments followed by an internship with the city.

 Her current project is coordinating the Community Journalist Conference, which promotes collaboration between the City and minority media outlets. She will also be working on various economic development projects such as creating a Cultural Tourism Plan and working on the commission on immigrant affairs surveys.

Here’s what she has to say about the position:

“I chose this internship because even though I have lived in eight countries before moving to Austin, this is the first place that really felt like home. I am always learning and experiencing new things around the city, so I want to give back to my community. I’ll be sad to leave for college next year, but I will always consider Austin my hometown.”

Fun Facts:

She loves period dramas, has four dogs, and came in 121st place at the World’s Largest Ninja Tournament of 2012.

 

Madeline Krebs

Madeline Krebs is a junior at the University of Texas studying Corporate Communications with a Business certificate from McCombs School of Business. She is an active member of the Communication Council and on the Student Government Agency for Disabled Students Rights. She previously interned at the City of Austin in Media Relations positions and is excited to continue working at City Hall in a new cubicle doing Community Engagement.

While she finds all of the projects uniquely engaging and interesting, she is really looking forward to working on the College Student Engagement Initiative because of the issue of it being so close to home, as an Austin college student.  She is also excited to do some writing for the Community Engagement blog. In addition to those projects, she’s looking forward to diving into community development projects like Restore Rundberg and 411 Chicon to see how they grow and change.

Here’s what she thinks about the position:

“I love working at Austin City Hall because it keeps me in tune with the community and issues that directly affect me. People get caught up in national issues, right and left, democrat vs. republican and while those are all just causes and something I think more people should be involved in, I find that people often lose sight of the issues that are closest to home - municipal issues. I’m excited to dive into this hands-on experience connecting stakeholders with issues that matter to them and making sure their voice is heard.”

Fun Facts:

The days she does not work at City Hall she is also employed by the University of Texas School of Law where she works on planning and coordinating special events like the tailgate and reunion.

She love puns, jicama (an underrated root vegetable) and hates enclosed water slides.

 

Lizzette Marrero

Lizzette “Lizzy” Marrero is a student at the University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Government and International relations with a minor in Latin American studies, as well as a competitor  on the Speech Team. She also has previous experience at Project Vote Smart as a Legislative Intern and at the Rad Law Firm as a Filing Clerk.

Lizzy enjoys working on her array of projects because they all are important to her in different ways. As an East Austin resident she is excited to work on the Levander Loop project where she can take on the challenge of developing this area while also keeping in mind the concerns of the community members, since she is one herself.

Here’s what she thinks about the position:

“I love working at City Hall because oftentimes as a college student living in Austin feels so unreal. It is easy to think  “I’m just here for college,” and interning at city hall puts things into perspective. It reminds me that I am currently part of an incredible community and a city unlike any other that is changing rapidly and as a member of the community have a role to actively engage in that change. I love living in Austin because it has something for every kind of individual. There is never a dull moment in a city so rich in culture. Also the food…. It’s a good thing I like to exercise.”

Fun fact(s)

She a black belt in Karate and loves running on the boardwalk trail at Lady Bird Lake.

 

Emily Smith

Emily Smith is a senior at the University of Texas studying Sociology and Business Foundations. During her time at UT Austin, she has served as an Orientation Advisor, the President of the Undergraduate Studies Council, the Community Engagement and Development Student Associate at University Apartments and a member of the Voices Against Violence student organization.

She was nominated by the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies to be one of the first Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement City Hall Fellows, which led to her apply for this position. Last semester she assisted the Transportation department with stakeholder meetings to establish a policy for Transportation Network Companies and helped the Parks department plan a series of public meetings regarding overcrowding at Walsh Boat landing. This spring she is excited to continue working with Leadership Austin to launch Conversation Corps, a new program that will engage the people of Austin in meaningful dialogue focused on public issues, hosted by volunteers across the entire city.

Here’s what she has to say about the position:

“Having lived in Austin for my whole life, I truly cherish this opportunity to give something back to the wonderful city that raised me. I have learned so much about how my city government runs and about the innovative, dedicated people that make it run. I have also learned about the amount of coordination that goes into creating quality community engagement. It’s important to me that everyone in Austin has a chance to be heard when it comes to issues that affect our city, and I’m honored to be even a small part of the effort to make engagement more accessible, inclusive, and effective.”

Fun Facts:

She is a proud co-oper and a member of College Houses student cooperatives.

She enjoys acting and will be performing on campus in a student production of “Couples” by Rich Orloff this April.

She can’t control how much chips & salsa she eats when she’s at Chuy’s.

 

Xavier Wan

Xavier Wan is a veteran Community Engagement Intern who has worked in the department since Fall of 2014. Xavier hails from Houston, Texas and is a graduating senior at the University of Texas, studying Asian Studies and Japanese Language. どぞよろしく!He also serves as the Vice President of Japanese Association at UT, which boasts a wide array of diversity (in every sense of the word!) among the participant pool all united by their passion for the Japanese culture. He also has previous experiencing working and volunteering at the Natural Science Museum and Children Museum in Houston, where he developed his love of working with children and teaching.

This spring, among his many projects, he is continuing his work on the Asian American Quality of Life Initiative – a project spurred by members of the Asian American community in Austin, looking to check in with residents and see how quality of life can be improved in this community.

Here’s what he has to say about the position:

“I find that education is a large factor of what Community Engagement is all about. Knowledge is Power and I hope that through my efforts with the Community Engagement division, I will be able to empower community members that may have felt powerless before. I am inspired by the City of Austin’s dedication to hearing input and feedback from its peoples.”

Fun Facts:

He loves Super heroes- Captain America is his favorite.

Growing up, he had a silver Arowana fish named Chris.

 

 

-Madeline Krebs, Community Engagement Intern 

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Apr 20, 2015 - 04:16 pm CDT

Slam poetry, live music and the challenges and goals of the greatest city in Texas- after one-hundred days in office Mayor Adler delivers the first State of the City Address.

On Monday evening, April 13, 2015 in a free and open event at the new A.I.S.D. Performing Arts Center Mayor Alder gave the first Annual State of the City Address for Austin, Texas. Special guests also included AISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, a musical performance by Max Frost, poetry by Christopher Michael and A Vision for Austin's Future by AISD Student Valentina Tovar.

The Mayor discussed the future of Austin, touching on the biggest challenges including mobility, affordability, permitting, health care and inequality and provided a broad scope of solutions to push forward for a greater Austin. As Adler noted in his speech, "Austin is a great city, a unique city, a much loved and admired city and as a result, we've become something we never set out to be: a big city.” Adler and the Council hope to overcome these challenges using challenge-specific solutions, with the broader mindset of "inclusion, innovation and intentional improvisation."

The Community Engagement intern team was also in attendance to aid the Mayor’s office in ticket collection, ushering and directing the media.

Click here to watch the speech!

 

-Madeline Krebs, Community Engagement Intern

Agenda
Apr 20, 2015 - 03:33 pm CDT

On April 15th, 2015 the City of Austin hosted the second Community Journalist Conference. The conference was held to enhance collaboration between the City and local media outlets, with a special focus on minority media outlets. Over forty journalist and media representatives attended to network and receive the inside scoop from City of Austin Public Information Office (PIO) team members.

After a welcome from Mayor Adler, the attendees learned about the various City departments as well as a two panel presentations. The first panel discussion was based on transparency and walked through protocol for social media, news releases, press conferences and open records requests. The panelists also discussed Austin 3-1-1, emergency communication and other tools and information to further the City’s transparency. The second panel hosted representatives from other departments like Parks and Rec, Transportation, Neighborhood Housing Community Division and Health and Human Services to discuss their respective roles throughout the City and within their departments.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The attendees also go to hear the latest stories pitched from the Public Information Office Media specialists and get introduced to the ATXN, the City’s own video production team. The morning was not without plenty of networking opportunities between City staff and other journalists and media staff- and of course some pan dulce and donuts to sweeten the affair.

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to all of our participants! Be sure to check out the event video and photos. Stay tuned for the next Community Journalist Conference!

 

Check out the official Twitter hashtag #CJC15 below! 

 


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- Madeline Krebs, Community Engagement Intern

Agenda
Apr 08, 2015 - 03:22 pm CDT

The City of Austin held the first-ever Community Journalist Conference on March 31st in the Boards and Commissions Room at City Hall. Community media outlets from all over the Austin area came and gave the City feedback on what they would like to see and there were several presentations about resources that the City has to offer. Some topics addressed were:

  • Demographics
  •  Public participation
  • Online transparency
  • Social media
  • The City protocol for large events

Check out the video below:

 

 

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Mar 04, 2015 - 04:27 pm CST

Meeting the Community  Engagement Interns

The Community Engagement office currently has five interns that each work on a variety of projects to aid in the public input gathering for City Council policy questions, design and facilitate activities to develop community consent and facilitate activities meant to resolve issues and concerns in Austin. 

 

Christina Johnson

Christina Johnson is a Senior at Crockett High School and came to the Community Engagement department through the Austin Corps program, where high school students visit multiple departments followed by an internship with the city.

 Her current project is coordinating the Community Journalist Conference, which promotes collaboration between the City and minority media outlets. She will also be working on various economic development projects such as creating a Cultural Tourism Plan and working on the commission on immigrant affairs surveys.

Here’s what she has to say about the position:

“I chose this internship because even though I have lived in eight countries before moving to Austin, this is the first place that really felt like home. I am always learning and experiencing new things around the city, so I want to give back to my community. I’ll be sad to leave for college next year, but I will always consider Austin my hometown.”

Fun Facts:

She loves period dramas, has four dogs, and came in 121st place at the World’s Largest Ninja Tournament of 2012.

 

Madeline Krebs

Madeline Krebs is a junior at the University of Texas studying Corporate Communications with a Business certificate from McCombs School of Business. She is an active member of the Communication Council and on the Student Government Agency for Disabled Students Rights. She previously interned at the City of Austin in Media Relations positions and is excited to continue working at City Hall in a new cubicle doing Community Engagement.

While she finds all of the projects uniquely engaging and interesting, she is really looking forward to working on the College Student Engagement Initiative because of the issue of it being so close to home, as an Austin college student.  She is also excited to do some writing for the Community Engagement blog. In addition to those projects, she’s looking forward to diving into community development projects like Restore Rundberg and 411 Chicon to see how they grow and change.

Here’s what she thinks about the position:

“I love working at Austin City Hall because it keeps me in tune with the community and issues that directly affect me. People get caught up in national issues, right and left, democrat vs. republican and while those are all just causes and something I think more people should be involved in, I find that people often lose sight of the issues that are closest to home - municipal issues. I’m excited to dive into this hands-on experience connecting stakeholders with issues that matter to them and making sure their voice is heard.”

Fun Facts:

The days she does not work at City Hall she is also employed by the University of Texas School of Law where she works on planning and coordinating special events like the tailgate and reunion.

She love puns, jicama (an underrated root vegetable) and hates enclosed water slides.

 

Lizzette Marrero

Lizzette “Lizzy” Marrero is a student at the University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Government and International relations with a minor in Latin American studies, as well as a competitor  on the Speech Team. She also has previous experience at Project Vote Smart as a Legislative Intern and at the Rad Law Firm as a Filing Clerk.

Lizzy enjoys working on her array of projects because they all are important to her in different ways. As an East Austin resident she is excited to work on the Levander Loop project where she can take on the challenge of developing this area while also keeping in mind the concerns of the community members, since she is one herself.

Here’s what she thinks about the position:

“I love working at City Hall because oftentimes as a college student living in Austin feels so unreal. It is easy to think  “I’m just here for college,” and interning at city hall puts things into perspective. It reminds me that I am currently part of an incredible community and a city unlike any other that is changing rapidly and as a member of the community have a role to actively engage in that change. I love living in Austin because it has something for every kind of individual. There is never a dull moment in a city so rich in culture. Also the food…. It’s a good thing I like to exercise.”

Fun fact(s)

She a black belt in Karate and loves running on the boardwalk trail at Lady Bird Lake.

 

Emily Smith

Emily Smith is a senior at the University of Texas studying Sociology and Business Foundations. During her time at UT Austin, she has served as an Orientation Advisor, the President of the Undergraduate Studies Council, the Community Engagement and Development Student Associate at University Apartments and a member of the Voices Against Violence student organization.

She was nominated by the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies to be one of the first Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement City Hall Fellows, which led to her apply for this position. Last semester she assisted the Transportation department with stakeholder meetings to establish a policy for Transportation Network Companies and helped the Parks department plan a series of public meetings regarding overcrowding at Walsh Boat landing. This spring she is excited to continue working with Leadership Austin to launch Conversation Corps, a new program that will engage the people of Austin in meaningful dialogue focused on public issues, hosted by volunteers across the entire city.

Here’s what she has to say about the position:

“Having lived in Austin for my whole life, I truly cherish this opportunity to give something back to the wonderful city that raised me. I have learned so much about how my city government runs and about the innovative, dedicated people that make it run. I have also learned about the amount of coordination that goes into creating quality community engagement. It’s important to me that everyone in Austin has a chance to be heard when it comes to issues that affect our city, and I’m honored to be even a small part of the effort to make engagement more accessible, inclusive, and effective.”

Fun Facts:

She is a proud co-oper and a member of College Houses student cooperatives.

She enjoys acting and will be performing on campus in a student production of “Couples” by Rich Orloff this April.

She can’t control how much chips & salsa she eats when she’s at Chuy’s.

 

Xavier Wan

Xavier Wan is a veteran Community Engagement Intern who has worked in the department since Fall of 2014. Xavier hails from Houston, Texas and is a graduating senior at the University of Texas, studying Asian Studies and Japanese Language. どぞよろしく!He also serves as the Vice President of Japanese Association at UT, which boasts a wide array of diversity (in every sense of the word!) among the participant pool all united by their passion for the Japanese culture. He also has previous experiencing working and volunteering at the Natural Science Museum and Children Museum in Houston, where he developed his love of working with children and teaching.

This spring, among his many projects, he is continuing his work on the Asian American Quality of Life Initiative – a project spurred by members of the Asian American community in Austin, looking to check in with residents and see how quality of life can be improved in this community.

Here’s what he has to say about the position:

“I find that education is a large factor of what Community Engagement is all about. Knowledge is Power and I hope that through my efforts with the Community Engagement division, I will be able to empower community members that may have felt powerless before. I am inspired by the City of Austin’s dedication to hearing input and feedback from its peoples.”

Fun Facts:

He loves Super heroes- Captain America is his favorite.

Growing up, he had a silver Arowana fish named Chris.

 

 

-Madeline Krebs, Community Engagement Intern 

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