(June 23, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been recognized statewide for its efforts to stop sexual violence. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) has honored UTSA with its annual Excellence in Campus Advocacy and Action Award for developing and administering programs and resources aimed at raising awareness of and preventing sexual violence involving students.
UTSA began providing training programs to faculty, staff and students on sexual harassment in 2006. Since then, more than 40 unique educational initiatives and large-scale events have been developed by the university to raise awareness of and prevent sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving students, encourage greater reporting of incidents and teach students how alcohol and drugs can impair decision-making.
The university’s Beaks Up. Speak Up. initiative coordinates and provides bystander education opportunities to students through training, other programs and social media. The initiative teaches students how to recognize a harmful situation and how to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome of that situation.
Another UTSA program, Bringing in the Bystander, helps students identify the continuum of inappropriate sexual behavior, develop empathy for sexual violence survivors, understand their role in bystander intervention, understand barriers to intervention and how to overcome them, and develop skills to intervene as an active bystander.
Other initiatives include Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and It’s on Us Call to Action Day, which are offered each April, and Take Back the Night, held each fall. Recently, UTSA Police Department intern and UTSA student-athlete Randy Bermea partnered with UTSA Athletics to become a One Love Peer Facilitator to bring awareness of the signs and actions of dating violence, along with how to report and receive assistance.
“Together, we have worked very hard to create new sexual violence awareness programs, update existing training efforts, improve services and create a safe environment for students to learn, discover and grow, ” “said Gerald Lewis, UTSA associate vice president of public safety and chief of police.
Members of the UTSA Police Department and UTSA Office of Equal Opportunity Services accepted the award while attending the TAASA University Police Sexual Assault Training held during the National Sexual Assault Conference in Dallas earlier this month.
UTSA was commended for its success in creating university-wide collaborations, including partnerships with student organizations and Bexar County community agencies, to reduce sexual violence and provide resources and services to sexual assault survivors. Last year, the UTSA Police Department earned the TAASA Community Engagement Award.
University of Texas System Police Director Michael Heidingsfield was also honored at the TAASA conference with the Harold Cottle Justice Award. Heidingsfield received the honor for his collaborative commitment in the support and development of “The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault” and several other distinguished accomplishments.
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This photo exhibit explores the history and tradition behind the Mexican drink.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring the three finalist candidates for the position of vice president for the Office of Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
This year’s Symposium will focus on Operational Command and Control in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Tickets are $60 for Admiral Nimitz Foundation Members and $70 for non-members.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The NSA Codebreaker Challenge provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their reverse-engineering, low-level code analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set centered around the NSA’s mission. Developer Eric Bryant will present a Tech Talk and answer questions about the challenge. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Free pizza. Open to all.John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
UTSA's Office of Sustainability hosts a full day of activities to celebrate the opening of the Tito Bradshaw Bicycle Repair Shop. A ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m.will include President Eighmy, Mayor Nirenberg, Councilman Pelaez and Councilwoman Gonzales.Ximenes Ave. between Ximenes Ave. Lot and Brackenridge Ave. Lot 1, Main Campus
Annual symposium to highlight the importance of effective translation and interpreting in our global community.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs and the Southwest Association of Prelaw Advisors will host the annual Law School Fair for students interested in attending law school. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 90 ABA approved law schools (including all law schools in Texas), and learn about admissions, financing, course offerings, student life, program reputation, with the opportunity to gain application fee waivers.H-E-B Student Union, Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
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