News and Updates
As part of the university’s commitment to bring educational opportunities to its surrounding neighborhoods, UTSA’s Center for Inquiry for Transformative Literacies—in partnership with nonprofits Urban Strategies and United Way—provided a 4-week summer reading program “Roadrunner Readers” throughout July 2019. Pre-service teachers from UTSA taught reading to youth from the East Meadows public housing at the Downtown Campus.
As the Education Liaison specialist for Urban Strategies, Elizabeth Arevalo ’01,’03 worked closely with UTSA to run this summer literacy program. Elizabeth was one of the first students to attend UTSA’s Downtown campus because it was close to the East Side neighborhood where she grew up. Inspired by her father’s community engagement, she helped establish student life on UTSA’s Downtown campus. After graduating, she taught school for several years and now continues to impact her community by working at Urban Strategies.
For the last five summers, UTSA has offered a unique teacher’s academy that helps local educators incorporate Mexican-American studies into their curriculum. Marie “Keta” Miranda, UTSA Professor of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, has helped organize the Mexican-American Studies Teachers Academy since its inception, enlisting faculty instructors from UTSA’s College of Education and Human Development. The weeklong academy, which takes place at the Institute of Texan Cultures, provides educators with resources, literature, information and best practices on how to bring Mexican-American studies into their classrooms.
UTSA has a long tradition of working closely with Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) vendors. Among those UTSA has established a longtime relationship with is The Sabinal Group, a Hispanic-owned HUB specializing in professional construction services and located in the downtown central core of San Antonio. Led by founders Danny Benavidez (L) and Mark Woholfarth (R), the Sabinal Group has completed multiple projects with UTSA, including renovations on the Downtown Campus, renovations in the Student Union and repairs to Chaparral Village.