(Feb. 8, 2012) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center and Inclusion and Community Engagement Center sponsored 40 students in a journey across four states to learn about the Civil Rights Movement. The program, "The Movement: An Exploration of Civil Rights," took students from San Antonio to New Orleans, Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., allowing them to be immersed in history.
From Jan. 10 to Jan. 14, the stops on the bus tour included the 9th Ward, the Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the National Civil Rights Museum. The trip ended with students participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. March on Jan. 16 back in San Antonio.
Accompanying the visits to the historically recognized sites and nationally known museums was a curriculum created to promote awareness of social justice issues. Students learned through documentaries, reflection papers, group discussions and presentations from speakers and activists.
At the end of the class, the students discussed the impact of the tour on them and how their experience will affect their involvement at UTSA.
>> Read about the students' experiences and view their photos on Facebook.
"I used to think that obstacles and trials that we face are put in our lives for us to overcome, learn from and become a better person," said Justina Williams. "After The Movement, I feel that I cannot truly grow from a situation if I don't give back to my community after becoming a better person. I plan to devote time toward giving back and because of The Movement, I know anytime is a good time to start. Life is too short to wait around; I want to be a pioneer of change."
"More than anything this trip has helped me realize that civil rights and social justice issues aren't ideas, but a lifelong movement," said DeMarcus Lewis. "While on the trip I made a pledge to myself that I would stand up and support others in their fight within The Movement, no matter how big or small the battle."
"Words cannot describe how I feel; pictures cannot capture the growth, the change or the empowerment that I feel inside," said Charnelle Thompson. "But my actions will be a true testament of how impactful this trip was and appreciative I am of those who contributed to it. I will wait no longer -- the Movement starts now."
For more information, contact the Student Leadership Center at 210-458-7967 or the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at 210-458-4770.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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