Community Connect

Office of the Vice President for Community Services


Paint against Prison

Students mentor at-risk youths through art

Ramp it up Texas Style

High school students depict skate culture

Help through Service Dogs

A small business success story

Ready for UTSA

Assessment and preparation program focuses on math and reading skills, allows participants to earn university credit hours

Foster Youth in College

Providing comprehensive mentoring and year-round housing, UTSA’s support for an underrepresented group is leading the way for other universities

A City between Real and Ideal

Architecture students conveyed their own understanding of San Antonio in a multimedia exhibit, inviting the public to participate

UTSA Lecturer Reduces Suspensions by 84 Percent

Pilot project brings "restorative discipline" approach to Ed White Middle School

Rowdy Readers

UTSA athletes mentor and support elementary school students

Outreach Activity

UTSA by the numbers

Q&A "Empowering Communities”

Students use own funds to volunteer in Honduras

Ricardo Romo and Jude Valdez

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share this second issue of Community Connect, a magazine providing a snapshot of UTSA’s multifaceted involvement with our community.

At UTSA, community engagement is an integral part of who we are; it is part of our DNA. Through mutually beneficial relationships, UTSA strives to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community at large. Our dedicated and talented faculty, staff and students foster research, lifelong learning, economic development, cultural enrichment and contributions to the common good with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community.

Some of our community engagement efforts can be expressed in concrete facts and figures. For example, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development recorded $1.6 billion in direct economic impact during fiscal year 2013 – an all-time high, which helped to create and retain thousands of jobs (Read the story on page 9).

Other initiatives are harder to quantify but equally as important, such as the university’s much-praised support and mentoring system for foster youth, which seeks to change their underrepresentation in higher education (page 12).

Complementing our ongoing endeavors as a top-tier university, a UTSA task force has been charged with applying for the prestigious Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The elective Carnegie Classification will reaffirm UTSA’s substantial commitment to the community and its people.

We hope you enjoy reading Community Connect. Please visit the magazine’s website,, for additional content including videos and slideshows. Your feedback and story ideas are always welcome at

Ricardo Romo, Ph.D.

Jude Valdez, Ph.D.
Vice President for Community Services