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Community Engagement Programs

Community Services

Jude Valdez, Ph.D.

Vice President for Community Services BV 4.306
Phone: (210) 458-2401
Fax : (210) 458-2405

The mission of Community Services is to extend The University of Texas at San Antonio beyond its campuses and into San Antonio and South Texas through public service, extension, outreach and community education. This mission is accomplished through a variety of programs described below:

*Extended Education

BV 1.320
Phone: (210) 458-2411
Fax: (210) 458-2410
Extended Education web site

Extended Education provides continuing education offerings to a national audience, along with continuing to offer South Central Texas and the San Antonio communities with top quality programs and workshops. Extended Education offers a variety of quality workshops and programs in professional and career development, computer training, test preparation, and certification programs. Workshops and courses are offered in classroom and online settings.

Extended Education also offers the Extended Studies Program (ESP). This program allows non-UTSA students the opportunity to enroll in selected regular undergraduate curriculum courses on a space-available basis. ESP is intended for individuals seeking personal and professional development, or for individuals seeking a certificate in a particular discipline sponsored by a UTSA academic department. No degree may be earned through this program. ESP students may earn up to 18 credit hours in the program. ESP students pay UTSA regular resident or non-resident tuition. Additional ESP fees include registration, parking, "Friends of the Library" card, transcript fees, and other applicable course related fees.

*Institute for Economic Development (IED)

DB 2.312
Phone: (210) 458-2020
Fax: (210) 458-2425

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its multiple centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Visit the IED at for more information. Visit the IED at for more information.

The programs of the IED include the following:

Institute for Economic Development Departments Phone Fax
South-West Texas Border SBDC Regional Office 458-2450 458-2425
MBDA Business Center 458-2480 458-2481
San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 458-2460 458-2464
Rural Business Program 458-2046 458-2464
SBDC National Information Clearinghouse 458-2747 458-7840
Startech 458-24713 458-2529
SBDC International Trade Center 458-2470 458-2491
SBDC Contracting Resource Center 458-2458 458-2754
Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center 458-2490 458-2491
Center for Community & Business Research 458-2750 458-7840
Institute for Economic Development Office 458-2020 458-2425

*Community Outreach

BV 2.308
Phone: (210) 458-2903
Fax: (210) 458-2764

The mission of the Office of Community Outreach (OCO) is to work with educational, business, and civic leaders in targeted South Texas communities served by UTSA to identify and address barriers that inhibit or prevent area residents from attending UTSA. The OCO develops partnerships or collaborative agreements to address those barriers and works closely with the Admissions Office as well as other university offices that support student recruitment efforts.

*University PREP

Monterey Building
301 S. Frio, Suite 180
Phone: (210) 458-2060
Fax: (210) 458-2061

University PREP identifies achieving middle and high school students with an interest in mathematics, science, engineering and technology and establishes the foundation of careers in these and other mathematic-related areas.

PREP is a seven-week, mathematics-based academic program, presented over the course of three summers. Students in grades six through eleven are encouraged to apply (see website for eligibility requirements). The program, held at nine local colleges and universities, stresses the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills. A fourth summer of San Antonio PREP offers college credit at UTSA. In 1986, PREP was replicated statewide as the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) and is currently operational in 13 Texas cities. Visit the website at for more information.

*Downtown Special Events Office

BV 1.320
Phone: (210) 458-2409
Fax: (210) 458-2410

The Downtown Special Events Office is responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and managing special events at the UTSA Downtown Campus for on and off campus users. The office operates as a "one-stop" center for UTSA departments and outside organizations that desire to use UTSA Downtown facilities as a venue for special events other than classes.

*Mexico Center

MNTB 2.60
Phone: (210) 458-2823
Fax: (210) 458-2569

The UTSA Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) fosters cross disciplinary collaborations within the University and with research partners from the community, and will translate research results into policy recommendations. The Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute funds student internships based on a $1,000,000 Endowment from the Bank of America. Allocations are for students working on projects at the CAPRI. CAPRI Research Center that supports the study of topics such as:

  • Infant Cognition
  • Early Language Development
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Pediatric Obesity Prevention
  • School Readiness and Dropout Prevention
  • Community Development
  • Foster Care Youth and College Access Center

The UTSA Mexico Center fosters academic, research, cultural and programmatic exchanges with universities and organizations in Mexico engaging students, faculty and staff and promoting a better understanding of Mexico and its relationship to the United States. The UTSA Mexico Center provides a forum for communication between policy makers, scholars, business representatives and professionals from the United States and Mexico to bring about mutual understanding and productive relationships./p>

Center for Policy Studies
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Dr. Rosamaria Murillo, Director
BV 4.304
Phone: (210) 458-2545
Fax: (210) 458-2633

The Center for Policy Studies is the service unit of the College of Public Policy. It currently houses the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program offers a national certification in nonprofit management and leadership. Its mission is to educate, prepare and certify undergraduate and graduate students for management roles in the nonprofit sector. Students enroll in nonprofit coursework and participate in co-curricular activities to prepare them for employment in the field. UTSA is one of only three universities in Texas to offer this national certification at the undergraduate level and one of only 10 universities in the nation that offers graduate-level certification.

For more information about the program, call 458-2086, or visit

Office of Community Relations

FS 4.450F
Phone: (210) 458-2712
Fax: (210) 458-2424

This Office fulfills a key role in interfacing with a wide range of university constituencies and provides direction for public relations, marketing, and customer service for the Downtown Campus. This Office plays a key role in facilitating two-way communication between community and civic organizations, city and county departments, the Senior Vice Provost for the Downtown Campus, and other senior administrators. Staff review requests for use of UTSA facilities from the external community and if acceptable, forwards those requests to the appropriate UTSA office. Staff also reviews e-mail requests from prospective students and forwards their requests to the appropriate university office.

The Community Relations Director is responsible for updating the UTSA Downtown Campus web site; produing the e-Newsletter; Facebook page posts; disseminates the Daily Activities lists and takes photographs of event/activities at the Downtown Campus.

Office of P-20 Initiatives

FS 4.556
Phone: (210) 458-2769
Fax: (210) 458-2764

The foundation laid during a child’s early years is essential for success in high school and beyond. Children need to master skills such as reading, writing and math that are fundamental to learning for the rest of their lives. Too often, underrepresented students are left behind, dropout rates are high and success in higher education jeopardized. The Office of P-20 Initiatives’ vision is College Completion Is Possible and strives to increase UTSA’s partnerships and collaborations with educational institutions, businesses, community- based organizations and public/private foundations to strengthen the quality of education in San Antonio and South Texas from kindergarten to post-secondary institutions. The goals are to enhance college and career readiness and to increase the college-going and completion rates of underrepresented students over the next decade. P-20 Initiative programs include:

  • America Counts/America Reads
  • Campus Tours
  • Collegiate G-Force Work Study
  • Community Outreach (San Antonio & Surrounding Counties)
  • Dream Runners Program
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
  • Geneva School of Boerne Dual Credit Scholars Program
  • iCLASS: Innovative Communities of Learning Advancing Student Success Dual Credit Program
  • Inspire U Mentoring Program
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Mobile Go Center Program
  • P-20 Counseling Program
  • Roadrunner for a Day
  • San Antonio Mentoring Forum
  • Saturday Parent/Student Educational Workshop Series
  • Summer STEM Camps – EXPLORE
  • Destination Discovery and iTech Robotics
  • Transfer Academy for Tomorrow’s Engineers
  • TATE NASA Summer Camp
  • Transitions Program
  • TRIO: Educational Talent Search (San Antonio and Uvalde & Crystal City)
  • TRIO: Educational Talent Search Outreach (Eagle Pass & Brackettville)
  • TRIO: McNair Scholars
  • TRIO: Upward Bound Math/Science (Medina Valley)
  • TRIO: Upward Bound Classic (John Jay, Holmes and Southside High Schools)
  • UTSA Math Scholars
  • UTSA Ready Program

Institute for Law and Public Affairs

BV 4.356
Phone: (210) 458-2990
Fax: (210) 458-2993

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs commenced on September 1, 2001, as an academic partnership between UTSA and the UT School of Law, operating at the Downtown UTSA Campus. The Institute has a three-part mission:

  • Education: The Institute shall develop and implement one of the nation's premiere pre-law programs, enhancing the number of students from UTSA's geographic region that gain admission to and excel in high-quality law schools. Every summer, the Institute conducts a highly rigorous, academically intense Summer Law School Preparation Academy* that utilizes award-winning UTSA and UT School of Law faculty to provide students with a unique, enhanced, educational experience. The Institute also supervises a special Legal Studies Minor. The Institute is designing and implementing a similar program for undergraduates preparing to pursue careers in public affairs.
  • Research: The Institute conducts multidisciplinary research in the areas of law and public affairs that have special interest to the State of Texas. Students engaged in the educational programs of the Institute can serve on projects as research assistants to enable them to participate in professional research.
  • Service: The Institute enriches the UTSA's academic environment and its communication with the larger community through lecture series, symposia, and town meetings on topics of high importance to South Texas.

*The Summer Law School Preparation Academy

The Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) provides students with the opportunity to acquire the intellectual and professional skills necessary to increase the probability of gaining admission to and excelling in this nation's quality law schools. The SLSPA provides intensive coursework designed to hone students' analytical skills, enhance their writing and critical reading abilities, and provide instruction in sophisticated legal research. The Academy's faculty consists of award winning UTSA and UT School of Law faculty and incorporates lectures from federal and state judges, leading members of the bar, and faculty from other universities. The SLSPA awards stipends to most students admitted to the program and offers students the opportunity to enhance their LSAT performance with special LSAT training. The SLSPA and Institute assist the enrollees in the preparation of materials for the submission of their law school applications. Law school deans, admission directors, and faculty provide information sessions throughout the summer. The Academy has two phases: Phase I accepts students after the sophomore year. Phase II enrolls students after completing the junior year. Each phase commits students to eight hours a day, five days a week. The University of Texas School of Law partners with UTSA in the design and operation of the Academy's pre-law program. Students receive twelve hours of academic credit for completion of the two phases and a Certificate in Legal Reasoning.