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Community Engagement Programs

Office of the Vice President for Community Services

Location: BV 4.306 | Phone: 210-458-2401

The mission of Community Services is to extend UTSA beyond its campuses and into San Antonio and South Texas through public service, extension, engagement, and community education.

This mission is accomplished through a variety of programs described below:


Institute for Economic Development (IED)

Location: DB 2.312 | Phone: 210-458-2020

Since 1979, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development has been building the economy, one business at a time. The Institute’s many 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. The Institute is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development in the community.

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Institute for P-20 Initiatives

Location: FS 4.556 | Phone: 210-458-2769

The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives provides the required leadership necessary to enable pre-K through 20 students to develop and complete their educational goals through collaborative partnerships with K-12 and postsecondary institutions as well as those within the greater San Antonio community. All P-20 programming is designed to increase the academic success of individuals who might not otherwise have access to postsecondary educational opportunities. In particular, the Institute aims to support first generation college students and parents.

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Extended Education

Location: DB 1.302 | Phone: 210-458-2411

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.


Downtown Special Events

Location: DB 1.302 | Phone: 210-458-2409

This department 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.


Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI)

Location: MNT 2.60 | Phone: 210-458-2823

The Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) at The University of Texas at San Antonio is a university-wide research institute established in 2005 that supports the study of topics such as infant cognition and language development, early literacy, juvenile justice, child abuse prevention, foster care youth, pediatric obesity prevention, early childhood education, school readiness, and dropout prevention. The institute fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations within the university and with research partners from the community and translates research results into policy recommendations.

Mexico Center

Location: MNT 2.60 | Phone: 210-458-2823

The University of Texas at San Antonio Mexico Center was officially established in October of 2005 to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. The Mexico Center is an umbrella organization that connects existing, related expertise within UTSA through cross-disciplinary collaboration on research projects and activities. The center’s primary goal is to address and generate transnational dialogue and research on public policy issues that affect the people of Mexico and the United States in the hope that this dialogue will translate into bilateral and cooperative policy recommendations. The Mexico Center aims at shifting the emphasis in the discussion of key issues from political and unilateral to academic, analytical, and bilateral.


Center for Civic Engagement

Location: FS 4.438 | Phone: 210-458-2277

The Center for Civic Engagement serves to empower and support UTSA students, faculty and staff to serve society through community engaged scholarship that enriches learning, promotes civic literacy and contributes to the study of community needs and resources.



Academic Centers


The UTSA Downtown Campus is home to 11 academic centers among the three colleges based on campus. These centers engage with the community in various ways while conducting research to advance their fields. Visit our Academics page to learn more about each of these centers.