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UTSA recognized by Minority Access Inc. for commitment to diversity

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(Dec. 18, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio is among 27 higher education institutions across the nation honored this year for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access, Inc., a national nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving diversity in education, employment and research.

As a model among institutions with strong and comprehensive diversity initiatives, UTSA has been able to share its initiatives through Minority Access as best practices to those around the country wanting a model to improve diversity at their institutions.

"In the past two years since our office was established, we have been working around the clock to build relationships across campus and in the community with a focus on creating a comprehensive student and faculty diversity strategy," said Lisa Firmin, associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "I am pleased to see UTSA's various diversity and inclusion efforts from around the entire university included among other outstanding nationally known institutions."

UTSA aspires to be a Tier One university while embracing its role as a Hispanic- and minority-serving institution. As an emerging research university, UTSA provides access and opportunity for historically underserved students as more than 60 percent of UTSA students come from groups underrepresented in higher education and many are the first in their families to attend a university.

Did you know? A few facts about UTSA diversity initiatives and recognition:

  • Established in 2012, the Presidential Distinguished Diversity Awards program recognizes diversity/inclusion efforts among students, faculty and staff.
  • Both the College of Business and College of Engineering graduate programs were recognized in Hispanic Business magazine's 2011 Best Schools for Hispanics.
  • The university has been awarded Military Friendly School status by GI Jobs magazine for the last three years, ranking in the top 15 percent of more than 12,000 schools for efforts to recruit and retain military members and veterans.
  • The study abroad program is quite diverse with students from every continent except Antarctica.
  • The Ally Program provides training and resources to faculty and staff members to create a welcoming and supportive environment for students who identify as LGBTQ.
  • UTSA has more than 285 registered student organizations, a Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Association, which include numberous historically black fraternities and sororities.
  • Forty-three faculty members have received at least one Fulbright Scholarship and five students participated in Fulbright programs in 2012.
  • One of the university's freshman orientation programs is conducted in Spanish for students and parents so that more students' families can be involved with the university experience.

For more information, visit the UTSA Diversity website.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA's Vision

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