(March 11, 2014) -- The UTSA Policy Studies Center, housed in the College of Public Policy (COPP), and the UTSA College of Education and Human Development will present a lecture by immigration law expert Michael Olivas at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 17 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. His lecture, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Impact on Undocumented College Students," is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the UTSA College of Public Policy Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series.
The lecture will address recent changes under President Barack Obama's administration to DACA, a policy which allows certain people who came to the U.S. as children to request deferred action on the part of immigration for an extendable period of two years. Olivas will provide an in-depth examination of the impact that these changes have on current and future undocumented college students.
"Michael Olivas has been active in policies that have an effect on Latinos in higher education for the past 25 years," said Roger Enriquez, director of the UTSA Policy Studies Center. "His expertise in the field of immigration law and immigration reform is so authoritative and well-known that he is consistently cited by legislators, judges and policymakers actively searching for solutions to the complex matters related to them."
Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and the director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston. He is a widely cited expert on immigration law and its effects on higher education and has received lifetime achievement awards from the Mexican American Legal Defense And Education Fund and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston for his work in the field.
Olivas is the author of 15 books including "The Dilemma of Access" (Howard University Press, 1979), "Colored Men and Hombres Aqui" (Arte Public Press, 2006) and recently, "No Undocumented Child Left Behind" (NYU Press, 2012). He also is a longtime member of the American Law Institute, National Academy of Education and American Bar Foundation and serves on the Litigation Committee and Legal Defense Fund for the American Association of University Professors.
Olivas obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law, his Ph.D. and Master of Arts from Ohio State University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
The UTSA College of Public Policy Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series features scholars and policy analysts on a variety of major issues affecting the community, the nation and the world. A free reception will immediately follow in Frio Street Building Multipurpose Room 1.402. Free parking will be available in lot D3 under Interstate 35.
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.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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