(Aug. 30, 2012) -- UTSA staff members Cristina Dominguez and Jana Schwartz, participated this summer in training sessions on alternative spring break and leadership student programs, respectively, to help benefit the student experience and community outreach by the university.
Cristina Dominguez, UTSA program coordinator of volunteer services, attended the Alternative Break Citizenship school (ABCs) hosted by Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection at the University of South Carolina, Upstate campus. The ABCs are weeklong intensive training sessions that combine workshops, discussions, service, reflection and speakers within an alternative break experience.
Dominguez and other participants from universities across the country partnered with a local community agency, Christmas in Action, to rehabilitate the houses of elderly homeowners to help provide for their continued safety and independence.
She returned to UTSA inspired by the dedication of participants and with the enthusiasm to implement many of the concepts she learned. Her strategic plan for UTSA's Alternative Spring Break includes more domestic trips for students and eventually an international trip.
Jana Schwartz, UTSA program coordinator for the Student Leadership Center, served as on-site coordinator for the national session of the LeaderShape Institute in Champaign, Ill. While UTSA hosts campus sessions for UTSA students, the LeaderShape organization offers national sessions throughout the country during the summer for students from a variety of institutions. These students typically come from institutions not able to host their own campus sessions; sixty-three students attended this national session.
Schwartz assumed the role of on-site coordinator for both of the LeaderShape Institutes for UTSA students. It was this experience that made her an excellent candidate, when she applied for the national position.
LeaderShape is an internationally recognized leadership development institute that challenges students to think past what they want to do and focus on who they want to be. The vision supported by LeaderShape is a world full of people leading with integrity and living in a state of possibility.
>> For more information about UTSA's Leadership program, visit the Student Leadership Center website.
>> For more information about UTSA's Alternative Spring Break program, visit the ICE website.
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Arts Building, Main Campus
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Park West Athletics Complex
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