Andre Williams is a fourth year International Business student at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout college, Andre has focused on utilizing his voice and platform to advocate for more equitable and inclusive policies both on campus and within surrounding areas.
In Spring of 2020, Andre worked as an opinion columnist for The Daily Texan, UT’s official student newspaper. Utilizing this platform, he discussed social issues: racial inequality, education equality, disability advocacy, voting responsibility, and grading policy. Last academic year, Andre served as Communication Director on a Project for Austin CARES, through UT’s Leadership and Ethics Institute, working on increasing mentorship recruitment for the Austin based organization which focuses on empowering Black youth.
Andre currently serves as Political Activism Co-Chair of UT’s NAACP, for the 2020-2021 school year, where he works alongside the rest of the executive board to organize and develop events and outreach efforts aimed at promoting increased education and political involvement of Black students at UT and in surrounding communities.
With a mind that is constantly questioning established institutions and practices, Andre has committed himself to getting into ‘good trouble,’ causing disruption when necessary to dismantle barriers to access and inequities that continue to plague society. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx