(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."
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