Meet a Roadrunner: Matthew Hinojosa is mentoring other first-generation students
(Jan. 11, 2017) -- Meet Matthew Hinojosa. This first-generation student is helping other UTSA students, like himself, navigate their way through college.
While pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at UTSA, Hinojosa serves as a peer mentor in the First to Go and Graduate program.
The initiative, which is part of the UTSA PIVOT for Academic Success program, matches first-generation students with a first-generation peer mentor and first-generation faculty coach. Students in the program interact with other first-generation students on campus and learn about internships, networking opportunities and the other resources available to help them succeed.
Hinojosa joined the program as a mentee after transferring to UTSA and said it was his faculty coach Marco Cervantes, associate professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, who encouraged him to pursue a major in Mexican American Studies.
"Working with my faculty coach, Dr. Cervantes, opened my eyes to the opportunities out there, and I wanted to become a peer mentor to share my experiences with other students," said Hinojosa. "After talking to Dr. Cervantes, I'm now interested in attending graduate school. I saw all that he has accomplished."
Hinojosa is getting the chance to work toward that goal. He was just accepted into the UTSA Mellon Humanities Pathways program, which exposes undergraduate students to humanities research methods, offers opportunities to participate in research studies, and provides professional development and mentoring. UTSA sociology professor Harriett Romo is leading the Mellon grant.
In addition, Hinojosa is the president of a student recovery group called Students for Recovery, which is part of The Center for Collegiate Recovery at UTSA. As a former addict, he hopes to share his experiences and be a part of a support system on campus to help other students who are struggling. It is an important need, he says, that is often overlooked.
"I know, firsthand, the challenges these students face and I want to encourage them to never give up," said Hinojosa.
The junior said he is interested in teaching anthropology one day and hopes to continue mentoring students who need extra encouragement to keep going and achieve their goals.
"I have made a lot of progress because of the encouraging and supportive faculty and programs that have been a part of my UTSA experience," said Hinojosa. "I would tell other students that your past doesn't define you. The sky is the limit."
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.H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), 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
Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with a leaning towards dark comedy. Dr. William McCrary directs. $15 tickets $10 students military seniors 55+ with IDs $8 groups of ten or more in any price level. There will be a second show Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
UTSA faculty, staff and students are members of the Helotes Area Community Band and are proud to present a special Tapestry of Concert Band Classics. The event is free and open to the community.John Marshall High School Auditorium, 8000 Lobo Lane, San Antonio