Summer 2023 CONNECT Cohort Announcement

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June 14, 2023
Logos of organizations participating in the summer cohort

The summer 2023 CONNECT cohort kicked off this month with 16 projects, including eight organizations participating in CONNECT for the first time. The full list of organizations participating this summer can be found at the bottom of the page.  

Students in the summer cohort include four PhD students and 12 master’s students representing eight departments across campus:  

  • College of Education 

  • College of Natural Sciences 

  • College of Liberal Arts 

  • LBJ School of Public Affairs 

  • McCombs School of Business 

  • School of Information 

  • Steve Hicks School of Social Work 

  • UTHealth School of Public Health 


Kendra Chavera is participating in her first CONNECT project this summer, working with a program in Govalle Elementary called Art All Summer. 

“As a social work graduate student, I’m looking forward to bringing that scope and lens in this process with my matched organization,” said Chavera, who is a second-year master’s student at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. “I’m very excited to expand on this skill set which is an essential component of my professional journey beyond graduate school.” 

Graphic featuring a headshot of Kendra smiling

Through her project this summer, Chavera’s goal is to improve Art All Summer’s ability to track and measure its impact on the Govalle Elementary School community. Chavera will conduct stakeholder interviews, develop a logic model, and put together a data collection plan for Art All Summer to collect short- and long-term outcome data.  

“As a proud Chicana South Austinite whose goal is to continue to work in her community after graduate school, this amazing program is strongly interwoven with my heart and passion to authentically center community voices in all spaces,” said Chavera. 

CONNECT provides graduate students with a fellowship to recognize their participation in the program and project responsibilities can range from five to 20 hours a week. This summer, CONNECT is providing a total of $24,550 in fellowships to students looking to gain consulting experience with nonprofits.  

CONNECT is supported by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, and the Bill Wood Foundation. Organizations interested in participating in the fall 2023 cohort can submit their project idea here by July 14th 


Summer 2023 Organizations

  • Art All Summer

  • Childhood Trauma Research Network

  • Division of Community Engagement and Health Equity, Dell Medical School

  • Golden Age Home

  • Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

  • Impact Austin

  • Neighborhood STRONG

  • Out Youth

  • Outsiders Anonymous

  • Pottsboro Area Public Library

  • Smithville Workforce Training Center

  • Social Venture Partners Austin

  • Texas Census Institute

  • Texas Grants Resource Center

  • Texas Health Institute, TransFORWARD Initiative

  • Women in Neuroscience 

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