(Nov. 21, 2017) -- My fellow Roadrunners,
Like many of you, I was shocked and angry to hear about the unauthorized banner that was displayed last week from our University Center bridge.
At this time, we have no reason to believe that UTSA students were involved in this incident, and our police department is continuing their active investigation. Unfortunately, it is estimated that similar incidents have occurred at approximately 150 university and college campuses in more than 30 states over the past year. In most cases, these offensive acts are carried out in the middle of the night by individuals unaffiliated with the university community.
Our diverse community at UTSA includes a spectrum of political and ideological views, and providing an environment for free speech—civil discourse and freedom of expression—is a principle we must uphold.
That said, I want to make the following absolutely clear:
Groups that champion intolerance, bigotry and hatred are not welcome on this campus.
The notions perpetuated by hate groups are completely antithetical to my values. Personally and professionally, I oppose everything they represent. We must fight together to uphold UTSA’s core values of integrity, inclusion and respect – especially when a group outside our community is working so hard to divide us.
I was proud to see that, over the last few days, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university—from across the ideological continuum—have loudly and unequivocally lifted their voices to say that white supremacy does not belong on our campus. They have affirmed that UTSA is a campus built on diversity, inclusion, respect and tolerance.
Please know we take these incidents seriously, and that the security and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. We will continue to investigate this incident, and to ensure that security measures are in place to keep our community safe. In addition to keeping you informed, I will continue advocate for our institutional core values.
At the same time, we must be mindful of the fact that hate groups are looking to provoke and divide us, all while drawing attention to themselves. We won’t let them win. The Roadrunner Nation is strong, and all members of our familia have the right to learn, work and discover in an inclusive environment where equity is paramount.
We will not let hate define this learning community. Let’s stand strong together.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus