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(Nov. 30, 2011) -- Graduate students in the fall 2011 UTSA Department of Social Work Advanced Policy class are wrapping up a semester-long public advocacy campaign called "In the Spotlight: Pulling Back the Curtains, Unveiling LGBT Truths." The campaign addresses discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

As part of the campaign, the public is invited to attend "Learn the Issues, Find the Answers," from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Service Employees International Union Office, 1017 N. Main Ave., Suite 100, San Antonio, Texas, 78212.

The campaign aims to:

  • increase awareness about the discrimination faced by members of the LGBT community;
  • dispel common myths about persons who are LGBT; and
  • create a transformative learning experience for students in the class.

To achieve these goals, students are focusing on LGBT issues and the military, suicide among LGBT youth, adoption and foster care parenting in the LGBT community, bullying of LGBT youth in schools, LGBT issues related to the elderly, and LGBT issues related to family violence.

During the semester, the students were responsible for all aspects of the advocacy campaign. They gathered information about the nature and scope of the problem, identified specific examples of discrimination against persons who are LGBT, interviewed key informants, engaged the media to promote the Dec. 3 public event designed to increase public awareness about the problem of discrimination against members of the LGBT community, sought financial and other support for the event, and organized the event.

To learn more about "In the Spotlight: Pulling Back the Curtains, Revealing LGBT Truths," contact Bob Ambrosino at 210-458-2026 or e-mail inthespotlightlgbtq@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
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Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
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Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
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Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

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Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
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Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
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Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
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Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

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Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

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