(Jan. 17, 2012) -- As part of National Mentoring Month, the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and San Antonio Mentoring Forum (SAMF) will host the annual Mentor Recognition Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20 in the University Center ballroom at the UTSA Main Campus. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who established the citywide mentoring initiative "Inspire U" in 2008, is expected to attend.
The luncheon honors outstanding mentors and brings attention to the need for mentors for youths in our community. It also raises funds for UTSA mentoring initiatives such as training and mentoring awareness programs.
Paid luncheon attendees are invited to attend the seminar "Bridges out of Poverty" free of charge. The professional development seminar will be 8-11 a.m. in the University Center ballroom. Seminar speaker Gary Eagleton will discuss how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets, why students from generational poverty often fear being educated, the "hidden rules" within economic classes, discipline interventions that improve behavior and the eight resources that make a difference in success.
The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal organization for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, School Districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youths in Bexar County.
The UTSA Mentor Recognition Luncheon is part of a National Mentoring Month campaign that includes many activities across the country. The campaign aims to mobilize community volunteers to mentor young people and increase knowledge about how mentoring can greatly enhance a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life. Research shows that mentoring has beneficial, long-term effects on youths by increasing their chances of high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
Belinda Saldana, director of community outreach in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, and Ilsa Garcia, volunteer coordinator of communities with Schools-San Antonio, will travel to Washington, D.C., Jan. 24-25 to participate in a panel presentation at the National Mentoring Summit. Their panel topic, "College Partnerships for Mentoring," will highlight the collaborative efforts of San Antonio Mentoring Forum members.
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, invites San Antonio to engage in dialogue to gather a broad understanding of Puro. he symposium, which includes UTSA masters students, will be led by community members who embody the term. It's free and open to the public.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. 108, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
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