ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo shows University of Texas at Austin senior Kristin Thompson on the campus in Austin, Texas. Alt

 

              ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo shows University of Texas at Austin senior Kristin Thompson on the campus in Austin, Texas. Alt
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo shows University of Texas at Austin senior Kristin Thompson on the campus in Austin, Texas. Although the University of Texas is one of the most diverse in the country, Thompson says she’s one of just two black female civil engineers in her class, despite aggressive recruiting. She's found her community outside class, but her academic experience has been lonely. "At UT we talk about what starts here changes the world, but I think we're doing a disservice to students by not preparing them for a world that doesn't have these demographics," she said. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)