UTSA Students Share Insights on Technology and Student Success at EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

November 05, 2018

A row of 6 people on a stage during EDUCAUSE 2018

(Students participated in a focused discussion on stage during EDUCAUSE 2018)


Written by: Rosalind Ong, Project Coordinator


Current UTSA students Edgar Guajardo, Sam Barrera and Christian Hernandez attended the EDUCAUSE 2018 Annual Conference to present on technology in higher education. The conference took place October 30 - November 2 in Denver, CO.

The students presentations focused on their perspective on technology for student success. Guajardo and Hernandez served on the feature session panel with students from other institutions. Their insights were met with appreciation with the audience of higher education technology leaders and gave the students an inside look at what they could expect as they transition to the workforce.

“EDUCAUSE was a great experience thanks to all of the Higher ED professionals not only sharing their knowledge to help mold the future leaders of the industry,” shared Guajardo. “I also listening to students such as myself so that they know what they need to do to help us grow.”

Sessions in which UTSA presented included:

  • Expert Panel on IT/IR Collaboration
  • Assistant Vice Provost for IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D “Diversity – Equity – Inclusion” Luncheon Session
    • Kenon
  • “Why I need IT to Survive in Higher Ed” Interactive Session
    • Kenon, Guajardo, Hernandez, & Barrera
  • “Marketing Strategies to Engage Institutions in Cyber Security Awareness” Poster Session
    • OIT Project Coordinator Rosalind Ong “
  • Proactive Career Planning: Your Navigating Path to Professional Success”
    • Kenon & Guajardo
  • “We are the Workforce of the Future” Featured Session
    • Hernandez & Guajardo

In addition to the in-person presentations, several sessions including “Proactive Career Planning: Your Navigating Path to Professional Success” and “We are the Workforce of the Future” will be available for online viewing through the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Online Event Encore!

“The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference hosts professionals and technology providers from around the world to enable them to network, share ideas, and discover solutions to today’s challenges (EDUCAUSE.com).”

For more information about EDUCAUSE, please visit the conference website: https://events.educause.edu/annual-conference