(UPDATED Aug. 1, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the fourth annual Texas Higher Education Symposium August 2-3 at the UTSA Main Campus. This year's event, "Inclusion in Higher Education: Where We Are, Where We Need to Be," will feature presentations and discussions on a broad range of topics in higher education. (See agenda below.)
David Gardner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board deputy commissioner of academic planning and policy, will provide the keynote speech at a luncheon on Friday, Aug. 3 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104). As deputy commissioner, Gardner oversees the divisions of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research, Planning and Accountability, and P-16 Initiatives. One of his primary roles includes coordination of the board's efforts toward Closing the Gaps by 2015, through academic excellence and research at Texas institutions of higher education.
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in university-school partnerships, higher education, professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.
Symposium events are free and open to the public with the exception of Friday's lunch.
The symposium is sponsored by the UTSA Higher Education Administration Student Association (HEASA), College of Education and Human Development, and Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
For more information, visit the Texas Higher Education Symposium website or contact Professor Maricela Oliva at 210-458-5832.
Thursday, August 2, 2012:
5 p.m.: Symposium Registration, Main Building Auditorium Lobby
6 p.m.: HEASA Distinguished Lecture by Shaun R. Harper, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Main Building Auditorium (0.104)
7 p.m.: Reception, Main Building Auditorium Lobby
Friday, August 3, 2012:
8 a.m.: Symposium Registration/Meet and Greet/Continental Breakfast, University Center Ballroom Galleria
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Remarks, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
9 a.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Parent Family and Generational Influences, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
9 a.m.: Working Group on Latino/a Allied Health Professional Education Pipeline Issues: A Matter of Public Health, University Center Bexar Room (1.102)
10 a.m.: Morning Break, University Center Galleria
10:15 a.m.: Working Groups
11:15 a.m.: Poster Session, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
Noon: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, University Center Ballroom (1.106)
1:30 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Community College Issues, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
1:30 p.m.: Extending Inclusion Programmatically, University Center Bexar Room (1.102)
2:45 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on the Student Experience, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
4 p.m.: Working Groups Reports, Poster Award and Closing, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
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.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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