(May 13, 2014) -- The UTSA Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Recruitment and the Student Leadership Center recently collaborated to send seven UTSA student leaders to the 10th annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference in San Antonio. The students participating were Alan Arellano, Jose Camacho, Robert Lucas, Alejandro Mendoza, Jerome Scott, Raven Thomas-Talley and Christian Ume-Ezeoke. With the theme "We Are Just Getting Started," the event included a keynote address by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The conference offered sessions on topics such as Latinos in shaping politics, the economy and the workplace; autism, mental health and the workplace; successful women and success of multicultural women in the professional environment; LGBTQ roundtable; and veterans in the workplace.
Students attended sessions on measuring organizational diversity, changing demographics in the workplace environment, cultural authenticity, cross-cultural communication, dialogue on race in America and diversity across generations.
UTSA provides experiences like these to help student campus leaders develop leadership skills and awareness of effective diversity practices at all organizational levels. Investment in their leadership allows them to acquire skills and resources that they can apply both to their experience as undergraduates as well as in the professional world.
"For me, as a graduate, it was eye-opening to witness professionals of all fields take the time to share their practices and knowledge so that I know what goals to set and attain for myself," said Christian Ume-Ezeoke, graduating senior in community health.
"Seeing the students interact with leaders from a variety of fields and create connections that will assist them later on is what makes it worthwhile in the end," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for diversity and recruitment. "These students represented UTSA extremely well, and I was pleased we could provide them with this opportunity."
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.