Community Connect
Office of the Vice President for Community Services


Dear Friends,
Jude Valdez

We are pleased to share the fifth issue of Community Connect, as we provide an insight into UTSA’s daily commitment to serving and engaging with diverse communities locally and across the world.

At UTSA, community engagement and service are core values. Our devoted students, faculty and staff lead by example and take action every day to be civically involved. Taking leadership to improve the quality of life of individuals and the community at large is an integral part of who we are and what we do. Through Community Connect, we proudly share the many ways UTSA makes a difference to the community we serve.

Community impact can start with a simple dialogue. “If you can’t talk about something, you can’t change it,” said Angelica Docog, executive director for the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC). This year ITC hosted Cultural Conversations, a community gathering that fostered dialogue with more than 300 community members around difficult issues [read “Cultural Conversations”].

Global economic prosperity can be fueled through the innovative application of one business model. Read how the UTSA Institute for Economic Development has impacted more than 30,000 business owners’ lives and the communities they serve [read “Impact Beyond the Numbers”]. Sharing stories can be a powerful tool for change. This year college-prep programs nationwide were faced with grave federal and state budget cuts.

The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives advocates non-stop for the students and families who are directly impacted. P-20 brings powerful stories of success to elected officials, foundations and other institutions to champion these valuable programs. Read the story of Marlene Rosenboom, a UTSA and TRiO college graduate, and how a college-prep program changed her life and inspired an entire border community in South Texas [read “Direct Impact”].

As we begin a new phase in the history of UTSA, we are committed to continuing to being leaders in community engagement and creating long-term impact. This academic year, the community services division gladly welcomes a new president to UTSA, read more about President Taylor Eighmy here.

We hope that you enjoy reading Community Connect. We welcome your comments and ideas at

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