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UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, Rackspace host young women's leadership conference

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Young women's leadership conference hosted at UTSA Downtown Campus

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(March 16, 2011)--The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and Rackspace Hosting hosted the Young Women's Leadership Conference on March 5 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The free conference, designed for middle and high school girls, provided sessions on True Colors, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, empowerment and leadership development.

The conference included addresses by KENS 5 news anchor Sarah Lucero and Lorena Havill of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

Presentation topics included women in science and engineering, Internet safety, soft skills and professional etiquette, and other breakout sessions geared toward providing information about going to college for young women. Presenters from organizations around the city volunteered their time to share their personal experiences and to talk about the benefits of higher education.

"This conference helped to address multiple issues of sisterhood related to college awareness and also helped to provide inspiration and motivation to the young women of Bexar County," said Darrell Balderrama, director of outreach programs with the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives.

Conference attendees from across the city networked with the presenters and learned about resources available to them.

"It was great to see how engaged the girls were with the speakers," said Cara Nichols, Rackspace community affairs director. "We have a vested interest in giving girls in our community an opportunity to see the importance of STEM fields and what kinds of careers are in those fields."

For more information about upcoming events of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, e-mail Darrell Balderrama.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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