(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 UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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