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Academic Leadership Classes

The Leadership and Ethics Institute offers four courses for academic credit through the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education. Our classes develop student leaders by providing both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to understand and develop group values and facilitate social change. The Socially Responsible and Ethical Student Leadership (EDP 369K) course is an upper-division class and carries both the Ethics and Leadership and Writing flags.

Current Instructors

Dr. Smita S. Ruzicka

Socially Responsible and Ethical Student Leadership (EDP 369K) & Intergroup Dialogue Classes (EDP 210, 369K, 469K)

Smita Ruzicka is an Assistant Dean of Students at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she oversees the Leadership and Ethics Institute in the Office of the Dean of Students that provides comprehensive and campus-wide leadership development and resources to students. She is also a member of the faculty for the Department of Educational Psychology where she has taught classes on Leadership as well as classes in the Intergroup Dialogue program – a series of classes designed to engage students in critical thinking and dialogue on issues related to social justice and diversity. Smita has over 12 years of experience in facilitating trainings and workshops on a wide variety of topics related to leadership and social justice education and has facilitated workshops and trainings with a wide variety of groups including educators, counselors and mental health professionals, and other professionals in non-profit and for profit organizations.

She has worked at the University of Texas for the past 11 years and served on various groups and committees including being one of the founders and the first co-chair for the Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA). Her research interests include Asian American and South Asian American college students, women, and immigration issues, and postcolonial feminism.

Smita holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She also has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Texas State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.


Reed Rallojay

Intergroup Dialogue (EDP 369K)

Reed Rallojay began working at the University of Texas in 2010 with Student Activities before joining the Leadership and Ethics Institute in 2013 as an Assistant Director. In this role, he supports the Leadership and Ethics Institute in the Office of the Dean of Students to provides comprehensive and campus-wide leadership development and resources to students. Reed currently oversees the coordination of the Burnt Orange Society. Outside of his work at the UT Austin, Reed volunteers as a member of the board of trustees for his fraternity’s chapter in Michigan.

Reed holds an M.Ed. in student affairs in higher education from Texas State University – San Marcos. He received his undergraduate degree in secondary education–political science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI where he was an involved student leader. Prior to working at UT Austin, Reed worked for Texas State as an undergraduate admission counselor in which he recruited students primarily from San Antonio, and coordinated the Family Orientation program. While at Texas State he was an organization advisor to the University Ambassadors, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Colleges Against Cancer. He loves working with college students, and is a proud Bronco, Bobcat and Longhorn.


Dr. DeAunderia Bowens

Socially Responsible and Ethical Student Leadership (EDP 369K) & Intergroup Dialogue Classes (EDP 210, 369K, 469K)

Dr. DeAunderia Bowens is the Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives in the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Texas at Austin. She manages the first-year, campus-wide student engagement initiative, Campus Life 360 Connections, for the Division of Student Affairs as well as coordinating the core competency and learning outcome plan for the Office of the Dean of Students.

In addition, Dr. Bowens serves as the primary instructor for the Intergroup Dialogue Program and a course on Ethical Student Leadership as a faculty member in the College of Education. Dr. Bowens taught political science courses for five years while in Michigan and has stood as a keynote speaker and facilitator for numerous workshops over the past ten years as well as currently in the Leadership and Ethics Institute in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Dr. Bowens received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley, her MA and PhD from the University of Michigan all in the field of political science. Born in Houston, Texas to a military family, Dr. Bowens grew up in Alaska and was raised in California after her parents completed military service.


Ryan A. Miller

Intergroup Dialogue (EDP 369K)

Ryan A. Miller serves as Director of Campus Climate and Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. In his role, he focuses on campus climate initiatives including bias incident response and diversity education, and he also advises students in the Longhorn Link Program/Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. Previously, Ryan directed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at the University of North Florida, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member in education, designing and teaching Intergroup Dialogue courses. He received his master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, both as a Point Scholar, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Administration with a portfolio in Disability Studies at UT-Austin. Ryan is also a member of the Board of Directors of Point Foundation and previously served as the founding co-chair of the Texas Exes LGBT Network. In recognition of his experience with Intergroup Dialogue teaching, facilitation and program creation, Ryan served on the Panel of National Leaders in Intergroup Dialogue Education at the University of Michigan in 2013.


Dr. LaToya Hill

Intergroup Dialogue (EDP 369K)

LaToya Hill, associate dean of students at The University of Texas at Austin, oversees Student Emergency Services and Student Judicial Services. Student Emergency Services provides support to students in crisis and comprehensive referrals to resources on campus and in the Austin community. Student Judicial Services promotes academic integrity and other appropriate standards of conduct for the University community. SJS is also responsible for investigating alleged violations of University rules and for implementing the discipline process.

In addition, as a member of the Behavior Assessment and Critical Incident Response Teams, she has been instrumental in developing the university's multi-faceted strategic plan for crisis management and violence prevention. She has oversight of the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL), a 24-hour phone service designed to provide support, advice and referrals to students, faculty and staff who have concerns about the behavior of another member of the campus community.

Dr. Hill earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at UT Austin and a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. She is deeply committed to working with students from diverse backgrounds and enjoys "planting the seeds of social justice" as an Intergroup Dialogue instructor.


Adrienne MacKenzie

Intergroup Dialogue (EDP 369K)

Adrienne MacKenzie currently serves as the Assistant Director of Texas Parents at the University of the Texas at Austin. In this role, her main responsibilities include coordinating the Family Orientation Program, providing services, resources and programming for the Texas Parent's Association and supporting the needs of all family members of current UT students. Adrienne was formerly associate director of Student Activities in the Office of the Dean of Students. Her primary role was to support and outreach to the over 1,000 registered student organizations in their efforts toward leadership development, risk management, and program planning. She also gave support to Student Activities staff members in providing services and programs that facilitate the development of student leaders on campus. While Adrienne is a graduate in psychology from the University of Michigan and received her M.A. in Education Leadership from Western Michigan University, she has become an enthusiastic Longhorn in over seven years working at UT Austin. Adrienne spent 4 years as a member of the Intergroup Dialogue team. She continues to actively seeks opportunities to grow and expand her understanding of social justice issues, while supporting the growth and education of others.