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UTSA hosts 'Take Action! Achieve your Dreams' Youth Conference May 25


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(May 22, 2012) --The Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement (HISPA) Role Model Bureau, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing professional Hispanic role models for young students, will kick-off its programs in San Antonio with a Youth Conference for 250 middle school students from targeted schools in the San Antonio ISD and Northside ISD. The event is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday, May 25 at The University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus.

The Youth Conference, themed "Take Action! Achieve your Dreams," will have a science, technology, engineering and mathematics focus and will include a keynote address by HISPA President and Founder Ivonne Diaz-Claisse. Diaz-Claisse will share her passion for mathematics and host hands-on career exploration breakout sessions and a healthy luncheon for the students.

"HISPA's goal is to provide inspiring role models who can encourage Latino youngsters to continue their education and reach their full potential," said Diaz-Claisse. "We are extremely grateful to the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives for co-hosting the event and for joining forces to provide this enriching program to our youth."

HISPA has worked closely with Belinda Saldaña, UTSA director of community outreach, in developing an unforgettable program for the participating students and volunteers.

The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives will serve as a co-host for the event. The office works to increase the college-going rate of Texans by assisting students that traditionally have been underserved and underrepresented in higher education. As a comprehensive university and systemwide effort, the Office of P-20 Initiatives promotes educational access and college readiness through collaborative programming.

Following the conference, HISPA will have a reception from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus to welcome new and potential volunteer HISPA role models.

To attend the reception, email For more information, visit the HISPA website.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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.
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