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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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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