(March 3, 2010)--The UTSA Women's Studies Institute opened Women's History Month this week by honoring state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as Women's Advocate of the Year.
Van de Putte has served five terms in the Texas Senate and is one of only 10 women to hold a Texas Senate seat. For 30 years, she has been a pharmacist and championed issues promoting women's health. In the last legislative session, Van de Putte authored legislation calling for more funding for women's health programs and Texas women veterans' programs. She also sponsored the Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Act.
A Women's History Month reception at UTSA included a welcome from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and keynote address by Elena Gutierrez, professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Gutierrez published the book "Fertile Matters" and specializes in the areas of Latina reproductive justice and women's health.
Women's History Month features a series of educational events celebrating women's contributions and causes from a feminist perspective, while promoting a commitment to diversity and aiming to achieve social justice and women's empowerment. For 25 years, UTSA has celebrated the lives, stories and accomplishments of women, as well as raising awareness about the struggles women continue to experience in the home, workplace and beyond.
This year's theme "Writing Women Back Into History" reflects the diversity of academic interests at UTSA, as well as speaks to both the national theme and the institute's annual theme of "Testimonios: Celebrating our Stories."
View the schedule of events at the UTSA Women's Studies Institute Web site. For more information, contact Larissa Mercado at 210-458-7885.
UTSA open up the 2016 football season under new coach Frank Wilson at home. The Roadrunners host the Alabama State Hornets. Kick off is set for 6 p.m.
District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg and State Sen. José Menéndez host a Cultural Conversations event at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to talk about issues of intolerance and ways to unify the community.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Known for her unique ability to make sophisticated numbers reveal simple truths, Talithia Williams explores how big data can be used to make smart decisions in education, business, and everyday situations.
Main Building Auditorium, MB 0.104, Main Campus
The UTSA International Conference on Aging inthe Americas seeks to address the important context in understanding how characteristics of physical, social and economic environments give rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.
UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg. Southwest Room (DB 1.124)
UTSA Mexico Center director Dr. Harriett Romo and program coordinator Olivia Mogollon, along with U.S. and Mexican scholars discuss migration between Mexico and the U.S. during this panel presentation.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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