Event Details

November 10 & 11

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

UTSA Downtown Campus

Buena Vista Building

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A Multigenerational Symposium about the Westside of San Antonio

Free and open to the public

Join us for this multigenerational convening of scholars, teachers and students who utilize pláticas, a rich cultural tradition of transferring cultural knowledge, wisdom and advice for Westside families.

For more information on attending or presenting, contact Roger Enriquez

WCP@utsa.edu |210-458-2691

Opening Session
with special guest speakers


Thursday, November 10
9:00 AM | Buena Vista Theater





Dr. Taylor Eighmy

President of UTSA


The Honorable Joaquin Castro

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives


Schedule of Events

The symposium schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Transnational Activism - The Westside and Beyond
10:30 AM | Aula Canaria

San Antonio and south Texas cultural nationalist inspired actions of the Chicano Movement to a more capacious vision of sin Fronteras that centered the struggles of oppressed peoples. These are the stories of those leaders and advocates for the plight of the oppressed on the Westside and beyond.

Moderator Jerry Gonzalez
Panelists: Nacho Perez, Efrain Gutierrez, Luissana Santibanez

Belief Building Community
10:30 AM | Buena Vista Theater

Belief is a powerful driver for shaping how we see ourselves and our roles in communities, cities, regions, and nations. Understanding the complexities of belief (religious & cultural) deepens our understanding of our communities and their sense of the place they occupy in the world. The Westside provides a perfect backdrop to examine how belief shapes community.

Moderator: John Philip Santos
Panelists: Donna Guerra, Joaquin Muerte

The Sounds of the Westside
12:45 PM | Buena Vista Theater

The West Side Sound is a genre of music largely influenced by Black music (R&B, rock ‘n’ roll) as well as conjunto, country and western music and was/is performed by musicians rooted in San Antonio’s west and east side communities.

Moderator: Gloria Gonzales
Panelists: Jaime Macias, Rambo Salinas

Opening Session
with special guest speakers


Friday, November 11
9:00 AM | Buena Vista Theater





Henry Cisneros

Former Mayor of San Antonio and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Councilwoman Teri Castillo

San Antonio City Council District 5


Schedule of Events

The symposium schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Digital Access on the Westside
10:30 AM | Aula Canaria

It is well documented that digital access is lacking in areas that are economically disadvantaged. The lack of digital literacy has not been systematically and consistently addressed in the Westside community. The challenges and opportunities to bridge the digital divide on the Westside are explored.

Moderator: Sidury Christiansen
Panelists: Caitlyn Deleon, Melinda Gonzales

Preserving Housing on the Westside
10:30 AM | Buena Vista Theater

For generations, Westside residents were excluded from participating in the mainstream housing ecosystem because of redlining practices. Today, the challenge for families is to navigate the structural changes to the community while struggling to retain the socio-cultural fabric of the community.

Moderator: Graciela Sanchez
Panelists: Claudia Guerra, Carmen Zapata

Westside Demographic Changes (1970-2020)
12:45 PM | Buena Vista Theater

The slow decline of the Westside area's population hides the dynamics of its demographic and socioeconomic shifts that are likely responsible for the slow population decline that the Westside has experienced over the last two decades.

Moderator: Rogelio Saenz
Panelists: Terri Castillo, Manuel Garza, Ramiro Gonzales

Additional Information

Parking and Directions

Complimentary parking is available at the Cattleman Square surface parking lot, located on the corner of S. Pecos La Trinidad and Buena Vista Street.


Roger Enriquez, J.D.
Associate Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice