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UTSA Mexico Center admitted to Inter-University Program for Latino Research

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(Dec. 16, 2009)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today its research-driven Mexico Center has been admitted to the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national group of university-based centers focused on the promotion of Latino scholarship within the United States. Through IUPLR, scholars network and conduct collaborative, policy-relevant research to mitigate the challenges facing the growing U.S. Latino population.

"The University of Texas at San Antonio is a gateway to South Texas and to Mexico," said Harriett Romo, professor of sociology and director of the UTSA Mexico Center. "More than 40 percent of our 29,100 students are Latino, and our faculty has a wide range of expertise on Mexico-related topics."

Established in October 2005, the Mexico Center is the umbrella organization that connects the university's Mexico-related experts and is continually engaged in research and educational projects to promote greater knowledge and understanding of issues facing Latino immigrants from Mexico. The center is involved in a research project interviewing successful Mexican immigrants who are entrepreneurs and professionals regarding their contributions to and incorporation into the San Antonio community and economy.

The project, "The Experiences and Incorporation of Elite Mexican Immigrants and Their Adolescent Children in an Hispanic-Majority City," is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and will offer knowledge about the experiences of this immigrant group and their families.

In 1980, the U.S. Census reported 14.6 million Latinos living in the United States, representing 6.4 percent of the nation's population. However, Latinos were virtually unrepresented in higher education. In 1983, the IUPLR was established with the goal of addressing the challenges of the nation's Latino population.

Since that time, IUPLR has welcomed 23 member institutions such as the Smithsonian Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the UTSA Mexico Center, as well as centers at Stanford, UCLA, City University of New York's Hunter College and two additional Texas universities.

IUPLR member scholars address a variety of topics important to Latinos including border affairs and globalization, cultural citizenship, immigration and civil rights, migration and public policy, among others. Additionally, IUPLR member institutions address personal aspects of Latino life including Latino arts and culture, education, families and community, history, politics, and spirituality and religion.

To learn more about the UTSA Mexico Center and its Latino research programs, contact Olivia Lopez, program coordinator, at 210-458-2923.

 

 

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
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