(Aug. 12, 2014) --More than 70 representatives from 43 nonprofit organizations, businesses and public sector agencies recently gathered at the UTSA Downtown Campus for a special Community Connect Breakfast hosted by the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion. Participants were invited to learn more about UTSA's multifaceted community engagement efforts and to provide feedback.
Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, welcomed the attendees with an update on the collective impact of UTSA students, faculty and staff on the community. He highlighted UTSA's dedication to improving the lives of individuals and the community at large.
Keynote speaker Francine Romero, associate dean of the College of Public Policy and associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, focused on challenges and opportunities faculty encounter with community-based research and teaching.
Followed by short presentations from various UTSA departments, the event concluded with roundtable conversations, where community partners were encouraged to provide feedback on how UTSA can help prepare students for service in the respective organizations and how community partners can contribute to educate UTSA students in active citizenship.
"It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the many departments doing community outreach and to learn about how our organization can be engaged with UTSA in strengthening our community together," said participant Mary Flannigan, director of communications and partnerships with San Antonio Youth Literacy.
The breakfast was the first of several gatherings set for this academic year to further the conversation on the civic purpose of UTSA and ways to improve civic literacy. Community roundtables will be Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, providing an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage with community partners.
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Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
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