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2017 Poster Session

A total of 40 community engaged posters on projects, programs or research initiatives of the UTSA community were exhinited. The United to Serve Project hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion won first place and the "People's Choice Award". Click here to view all the 2017 posters.

2017 Keynote Speaker:

Anthea Watson Strong

We are very thankful for Anthea Watson Strong of the Google Civics Innovation Team for being our key note speaker. Anthea presentation “Building Civic Tech for the Bystander” shared imperical research on building and enhancing technologies for people that stand on the sidelines of issues, and shared strategies that non-profits and institutions can implement in order to take these individuals from inactive to active.

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More than 300 participants attended our event, please click here to view event photos.


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.


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

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.

Learn practical strategies for effective civic engagement program implementation at the university level, with an illustration of the cognitive and emotional benefits of semester-long civic engagement programs for students. 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.

An overview of the purpose of Dreamrunners, focusing on the impact of visiting college campuses on elementary and middle school students, with testimonials from UTSA student participants. Hidalgo Room

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

A workshop on the meaning of compassion and how it can be applied to individuals’ initiatives and inform engagement with others in San Antonio and beyond. Harris Room

“Naming Accomplishments: Articulated Learning for Career and Community Impact” - Eliot Howard, Associate Director of Student Leadership Development at UTSA. Co-presenters: Alegra Lozano and Brandi Raschke.

A demonstration of a simple formula for resume ready reflection that engaged and active student leaders can use to draft a resume-ready accomplishment statement that is congruent with employer-prioritized professional competencies as a means of opening doors of opportunity and capability. 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.

One of the problems with civic participation in the digital age is that citizens do not pursue traditional forms of civic engagement. The use of technology in the public sector has the potential to improve government management and the experience of citizen participation and other civic activities. In this workshop, we will explore how can technology develop a more inclusive and transparent relationship between civil society and local government. Mesquite Room

Keynote Speaker

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

11:30 AM Keynote Speaker
"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.

An overview of the Family Leadership in Education framework and how it can be utilized as a lens through which individuals can inform their own work in engaging parents and family in education. 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.

An overview of the DreamSA Youth Engagement initiative and its connection to positive youth development, highlighting and demonstrating DreamSA’s web application and how it is building civic infrastructure through an online medium for teens. 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.

An outline of the economic and personal impact of autism within the San Antonio community, followed by a discussion concerning the strengths of a collaborative partnership aimed at serving the community, preparing future educators, and conducting meaningful and impactful community-based research, presented by the San Antonio Applied Behavior Analysis Project, an innovative partnership between UTSA Department of Educational Psychology, the Autism Treatment Center, and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
Harris Room

“Be the Change: Community Organizing for Youth Power” - H. Drew Galloway, Executive Director at MOVE San Antonio.

A discussion of the history of community organizing and the role of young people in local politics, key community organizing theories and the communities these techniques have been applied to for social change, as well as an overview of basic practical community organizing skills, how to apply these skills in hypothetical situations to build a message and create political momentum, followed by an outline of key organizations working for social justice causes in San Antonio and how to connect with and volunteer for organizations that align with attendees’ interests. Travis Room
2:00 PM Break

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.

A discussion of the key aspects of connected learning and their alignment with student leadership development, as well as ideas for creating or improving upon community engagement programs by incorporating elements of connected learning. 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.

A discussion of how community-based service-learning partnerships may be utilized to address contemporary professional and social issues, such as integrated healthcare, health literacy, and mental health service disparities for minorities, recommendations for integratating service-learning into graduate-level coursework, and best practices for establishing mutually beneficial, successful community-based service learning partnerships. 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

Representatives from MAS for the Masses discuss how an idea to share Mexican-American History in a community-based setting gre 850% in less than a year, and how that growth was achieved, with a focus on how individuals can identify an unfulfilled need in the community, and the importance of cross-sector collaboration. Harris Room
“Post Graduate Service Opportunities Panel” – Melissa Cano, Community Member. Co-presenter: Brendan Cavanagh.

An overview of gap year programs (i.e., an extended period of time when young adults immerse themselves in an experience of worldly discovery) and the benefits of these programs for young adults, as well as a discussion of contemporary gap year programs such as City Year and Peace Corps, including their mission, application process, and program-specific benefits. Mesquite Room
“Activating Under Crisis: First Timers Guide to Community Organizing” – Rachel Romoff, Community Member. Co-presenter: Marissa Bennett.

An outline of how social media couple with strong convictions brought a soiled group of women and men together to organize one of the largest peaceful protests in history – the Women’s March on Washington, with a focus on the use of social media as a civic engagement tool, means through which individuals and groups have activated locally to impact nationally, and community organizing. Travis Room

Closing Poster Session

3:30 PM Poster Session and Ice Cream Social “Showcasing UTSA’s Community Involvement”
HEB UC Ballroom
Come view close to 40 community engaged posters on projects, programs or research initiatives of the UTSA community. Cast your ballot for the most impactful, inspiring poster to award our "People's Choice Award". Enjoy a bowl of ice cream as you browse the posters!