Huston-Tillotson University (HT) is distinguished as a Compassionate Austin Hallmark and is an integral part of the Compassionate Austin Leadership. The University advances compassionate action and leadership both locally and globally. HT joined the Compassionate Austin Co-op in March, 2019 and joined the Compassionate Austin Leadership in June, 2019. HT hosted the inaugural New Story Festival (March 29-31, 2019) on their campus. HT President and CEO, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, and Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen held a press conference at HT on March 1, 2019 to highlight the New Story Festival and the Compassionate Austin Co-op.
HT is a historically black institution, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree to a diverse population of students. Huston-Tillotson University is Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning. Huston-Tillotson has a set of principles called IDEAL (Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership). These principles guide all things and people of Huston-Tillotson, from operation to students to faculty and staff.
The mission of the University is to provide its increasingly diverse student body with an exemplary education that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, balanced with professional development, and directed to public service and leadership. The University prepares students with the integrity and civility to thrive in a diverse society, fosters spiritual development, preserves and promotes interest in the accomplishments and experiences of the University’s historic constituents and evolving population, and creates and sustains supportive relationships which advance the Huston-Tillotson University community.