(Oct. 17, 2012) -- To help students become more involved in the national and local political processes, the UTSA Young Democrats will host a 2012 Candidate Forum for UTSA students. The event is 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) at the UTSA Main Campus.
The forum will feature 20 candidates; each will speak from a podium to the audience. Community leaders including U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, state Representative Joaquin Castro and state Senator Pete Gallegos will attend. After speaking, each candidate will have two minutes to answer questions from students about the issues that matter most to them.
Several other student and community organizations will have tables at the event to represent various political affiliations and views including the UTSA College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty and Student Government Association. Though the forum will include Democratic candidates, the Young Democrats encourages political participation of all kinds by offering an event that is educational and inspiring for the student community.
Young Democrats President Hannah Beck said, "I'm really excited about the candidate forum. We've been working since July to make this event the strongest voter education movement on campus. Our event is unique because the students have control -- they get to ask questions. Because it's unscripted, the candidate forum will provide a chance for students to tell candidates and elected officials what issues matter to them. It's a unique way of directly connecting politicians with their constituents."
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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