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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.

The programs of the IED include the following:

Institute for Economic Development Departments Phone
South-West Texas Border SBDC Network 210-458-2450
MBDA Business Center 210-458-2020
San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 210-458-2460
SBDC International Trade Center 210-458-2470
SBDC National Information Clearinghouse 210-458-2747
SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center 210-458-2458
SBDC Rural Business Program 210-458-2020
Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center 210-458-2020
Center for Community & Business Research 210-458-2020
Eagle Ford Shale Community Development Program 210-458-2490

Office of P-20 Initiatives

Location: FS 4.556
Phone: 210-458-2769
Fax: 210-458-2764

The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives provides the required leadership necessary to increase the college-going rate of Texans and students over the next decade by establishing strong relationships and collaborations with stakeholders interested in serving and assisting students to become college and career ready. The P-20 mission is to provide leadership to enable students to develop and complete their educational goals through collaborative partnerships with K-12, postsecondary institutions and from within the greater community. Our vision focuses on the concept that College Completion is Possible. As a comprehensive university and system-wide effort, the office has promoted for the past 16 plus years educational access, college readiness, persistence and educational reform through collaborative programming, and effective practices based on research. P-20 Initiative programs include:

  • Achieving Better Attendance in San Antonio (ABASA)
  • 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
  • Inspire U Mentoring Program
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Mobile Go Center Program
  • P-20 Parent Summit
  • Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)
  • Roadrunner for a Day
  • San Antonio Mentoring Forum
  • Summer STEM Camps – EXPLORE
  • Destination Discovery and iTech Robotics
  • Transfer Academy for Tomorrow's Engineers (TATE)
  • Transitions Program
  • TRIO: Educational Talent Search (San Antonio and Uvalde & Crystal City)
  • TRIO: Educational Talent Search Outreach (Eagle Pass & Brackettville)
  • TRIO: McNair Scholars
  • TRIO: Student Support Services
  • TRIO: Upward Bound Classic (John Jay, Holmes and Southside High Schools)
  • UTSA Ready Program

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
Fax: 210-458-2410

Downtown Special Events

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
Fax: 210-458-2569

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
Fax: 210-458-2569

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 or 210-458-2658

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.

The Center for Civic Engagement works in the following areas:

  • Service-Learning course development and support
  • Faculty development for civic engaged scholarship and teaching
  • Cultivation of a civically engaged culture on campus
  • Develop additional student programming that enhances civic literacy and engagement
  • Enhance the university’s relationship with community partners
  • Track university-wide civic engagement efforts and reports collective impact.

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.