UTSA reinforces commitment to DACA students
(Jan. 2, 2017) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo last month met with a group of Deferred Action in Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and four supporting faculty members to discuss the DACA program, assuring them of a university-wide commitment to the confidentiality of their private information and respectful treatment by faculty, staff and fellow students.
Romo told the students that, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the university does not release personal information, which students worry could be used by federal agencies to identify them for deportation action if DACA is ended.
Additionally, Romo said the university maintains a zero tolerance policy on bullying and harassment, and informed the students of procedures for seeking help if they believe they have been subjected to discriminatory behavior.
"It is very important for these students to know that they are embraced at UTSA as much as every other student. They belong here and we value their contributions to our diverse campus community," said Romo.
Vice President for Student Affairs Sam Gonzales, who also attended the meeting, indicated the university's willingness to develop educational programs for faculty, staff and students on tolerance and conflict resolution.
Additionally, university leaders agreed to explore designating specific individuals with a specialized knowledge base within Student Affairs departments such as Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling Services and other areas to support the unique needs of DACA students.
President Romo, UT System Chancellor William McRaven and presidents of other UT System universities have signed an open letter in support of DACA. Nationwide, more than 500 university leaders have signed the letter.
"Our mission as a university is to foster a safe and welcoming environment in which students can achieve educational excellence and prepare themselves to contribute meaningfully to society," said Romo.
"I am grateful to our campus community for its support and unity with our DACA students, and remain hopeful that our nation's leaders will continue to recognize the value of allowing these students to pursue their education in the United States."
The meeting participants agreed the session was constructive and provided helpful information about UTSA's commitment to DACA students, aligned with the university's values of integrity, inclusiveness and respect.-------------------------------
This 3-day workshop features lectures & practical exercises designed for English-Spanish interpreters in legal settings. Hosted by the Graduate Certificate in Translation & Interpreting Studies of the Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
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
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
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