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College of Public Policy


Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The College of Public Policy Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featured scholars and policy analysts on a variety of major issues that affect the community, the nation, and the world, providing the San Antonio public with access to important knowledge and dialogue.

The 2013 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brought leading experts in their respective fields to UTSA, including former Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez; Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Emilio Parrado; and leading national authority on juvenile delinquency, Dr. Marvin Krohn.

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Podcast on Child Abuse in Texas

Nearly a quarter million children allege child abuse in Texas every year. Bexar County has over 20,000, and resulted in 6,500 youth receiving services and 1,300 being removed from homes.

Jolyn Mikow, professor of Social Work, Kim Abernathy, CEO of ChildSafe, a child advocacy center, and State Senator Carlos Uresti analyzed and discussed the topic.

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COPP Professor Creates the NACRJ

In 2006-2007, Dr. Michael Gilbert and Mr. John Byrd of the UTSA criminal justice faculty served on the organizing committee of the 1st National Conference on Restorative Justice that was held at Schreiner University in Kerrville.

Since then, Dr. Gilbert has served as the National Director for two more national conferences on restorative justice. Over the next two years, Gilbert chaired a committee (“Organizing Directors”) to design and incorporate a new association. As a result of their efforts, the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice was incorporated in Texas as a non-profit professional association. It was publicly announced at the 4th National Conference on Restorative Justice in June.


Haven for Hope


Spurs Team Up Challenge Champions

Service projects conducted by Lowell and Rhodes middle schools under the mentorship of UTSA Fedra Chapa and Tessa Benavides respectively were recently named Silver & Black Give Back – Team Up Challenge Champions.

Last fall, Chapa and Benavides, students in the master’s degree of public administration program were among five students to be named Spurs Team Up Challenge Scholars. The Team Up Challenge outreach program matches Texas college students with K-12 schools pursuing community service projects in arts and culture, education, the environment, health and wellness, or uniformed services. Each project received $2,500 of seed funding to begin their project.

Chapa and the science club at Lowell Middle School worked to create a green space at the school using longs, seeds, and plants bought with the seed funding.

Benavides and the Rhodes Middle School Middle School National Junior Society partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio and Carvajal Early Childhood Center to establish a reading and mentorship program. H.E.B. donated books to the program that were read by the NJHS students to help compliment educational strategies crafted by the program and the Carvajal teachers.

These two initiatives received an additional $20,000 of funding from the Silver & Black Give Back Foundation. The NJHS at Rhodes will continue the program through 2013-2014. They will expand the scope of their efforts with the additional funding they received by creating a summer reading program at the Boys & Girls Club. Other UTSA students who participated in different programs are enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development.