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Thank you to our sponsors and collaborators for making this event possible.

Cosponsors: College of Public Policy - Honors College - Institute for P-20 Initiatives - Institute of Texan Cultures
In collaboration with: Faculty Center, Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion and Student Leadership Center

Parking Information

All summit participants can park and pay for parking at the Ximenes Parking Garage


For questions about this event email us at or call 210-458-2658. Click here to learn more about the Center for Civic Engagement.

Call for Posters!

Due by Jan. 19, 2017 by 5 p.m.

The UTSA Civic Engagement Summit will be an opportunity for the university community to celebrate and showcase our "engaged scholarship". Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit details of community based research or engagement projects/programs that highlight significant impact in the community. Posters will be 24x36 in full color, glossy mounted on foam board with cardboard easel mount. (click here to see sample poster). Each poster will also be included in a special catalog of all our university engagement projects. A formal poster session will be held late afternoon during the Summit on February 9th. Don't miss out on this opportunity to have your research/project/program included! (See last year’s posters).

This Year's Keynote Speaker:


To celebrate and showcase UTSA’s commitment to civic engagement through a myriad of efforts by students, faculty and staff. In keeping with our climb to Tier One and our strategic vision to promote community engagement this summit provides us with an opportunity to highlight the significant ways our university impacts the local community.

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to read more about the 2015 Civic Engagement Summit.

2017 Schedule of Events


8:00 AM Registration begins in front of the HEB UC Ballroom

8:30 AM Welcome Remarks - Dr. Jude Valdez, Vice President for Community Services HEB UC Ballroom

8:45 AM Opening Panel “Civic Infrastructure, huh?” A panel discussion by San Antonio leaders who are building infrastructures in and with communities. HEB UC Ballroom

Breakout Sessions 1

(10:00-11:00 AM)

“A Framework for School-to-Community Connections in the Preservice Teacher Experience” - Kristen Lindahl, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bilingual-Bicultural Studies at UTSA. Co-presenters: Ron Thomas and Ilsa Garcia. Hidalgo Room

“Dreamrunners: Elementary and Middle School Outreach with the UTSA P-20 Institute and Athletics” - Lara Crouch, Senior Program Coordinator for UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives. Co-presenter: Stephanie Cisneros. Hidalgo Room

“Compassion: The Foundation of Civic Engagement” - Susan Ives, Community Member. Co-presenters: Rosalyn Collier, Anne Helmke and Narjis Pierre. Harris Room

“Naming Accomplishments: Articulated Learning for Career and Community Impact” - Eliot Howard, Associate Director of Student Leadership Development at UTSA. Chicano-Cultural Room

"Civic Tech: How Can Technology Transform Civic Engagement"- Dr. Alberto Gomez, Cofounder of Cityflag and UTSA's Center for Civic Engagement visiting scholar. Mesquite Room

Keynote Speaker

11:15 AM Lunch will be served in the HEB UC Ballroom

11:30 AM Welcome Remarks - "Building Civic Tech for the Bystander” - Anthea Watson Strong, Technologist and Community Organizer for the Google Civics Innovation Team. HEB UC Ballroom

Breakout Sessions 2

(1:00-2:00 PM)

“Education CAFE: Family Leadership in Education” - Nilka Aviles, Senior Education Associate at the Intercultural  Development Research Association (IDRA) and instructor at UTSA. Co-presenters: Aurelio Montemayor and Sofia Bahena. Mesquite Room

“Dream SA: Building San Antonio Youth Engagement through a Mobile App” - Mario Martinez, Project Worth Program Manager San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Co-presenters: Meredith How and Reina Fernandez. Harris Room

“San Antonio Applied Behavior Analysis (SAABA) Project” - Leslie Neely, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Coordinator for the UTSA Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Co-presenters: Rachel Pantermuehl and Ivy Zwicker. Harris Room

“Be the Change: Community Organizing for Youth Power” - Drew H. Galloway, Executive Director at MOVE San Antonio. Travis Room
2:00 PM Refreshments and Social Break at HEB UC Ballroom

Breakout Sessions 3

(2:30-3:30 PM)

“Connected and Engaged” by Eliot Howard, Associate Director of Student Leadership Development at UTSA. Co-presenter: Vincent Perez. Hidalgo Room

“Addressing Professional and Social Needs through Community-based Service-learning Partnerships” - Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett, Assistant Professor at UTSA Department of Counseling. Co-presenters: Mercedes Vaughn Ingram, Doctoral Candidate, UTSA Department of Counseling; and Rebecca Montez, M.S. Student, UTSA Department of Counseling Chicano-Cultural Room

“Cross-Sector Collaboration for Community Education” by Jared “Max” Edman, Multidisciplinary Studies student at UTSA. Co-presenter: Moni Avila, Executive Director of MAS for the Masses Harris Room

“Post Graduate Service Opportunities Panel” – Melissa Cano, Community Member. Co-presenter: Brendan Cavanagh. Mesquite Room

“Activating Under Crisis: First Timers Guide to Community Organizing” – Rachel Romoff, Community Member. Co-presenter: Marissa Bennett. Travis Room

Closing Poster Session

3:30 PM Poster Session “Showcasing UTSA’s Community Involvement” HEB UC Ballroom