Civil Discourse, Civic Engagement & Free Speech

Programming for Students

Chomp and Chat
Intercultural Programs hosts a bag discussion series that meets on the last Wednesday of each month at noon. Past topics include cultural appropriation, fre1 speech, and code switching.

The next Chomp and Chat event, on November 20 covers implicit bias. Spring 2020 dates include January 29, February 26, March 25, and April 29. For more information, contact engaged@utsa.edu.

Structured Dialogue
Structured dialogues are an opportunity to have a small group discussion in a format that allows for experiences to be shared and everyone to be heard.  Past topics have included gender, violence and bystander intervention. The spring 2020 program is scheduled for April 8. For more information, contact engaged@utsa.edu or 210-458-4770.

Social Justice Film Series
A series of thought-provoking social justice-themed films the first Tuesday of each month. It is designed to focus on important social issues facing students today and to facilitate dialogue enhancing informed communication, personal and social responsibility. A discussion follows the film facilitated by invited community organizers as well as partnering student activists and faculty. The next event in the series showing “13th: From Slavery to Criminal in One Amendment” is November 5 at 5:00pm in the Student Union Retama Auditorium on the UTSA Main Campus. For more information, contact leadership@utsa.edu.

Constitution Day Programs
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.  UTSA Libraries celebrates Constitution Day at both the JPL and the DTL. The event each fall includes providing copies of the Constitution and voter registration. For more information on the U.S. Constitution, visit the UTSA Libraries lib guide.

Dreamers Resource Center Plática
Campus conversations covering a variety of topics.  The next conversation is scheduled for November 19.  For more information, contact dreamers@utsa.edu.

Marketable Skills Workshop Series
Student Leadership Center workshop series introduces students to key skills, which are in-demand from employers. These skills also lay the foundation for effective leadership, which is necessary to advance in most fields. Topics include communication, conflict, self-awareness and more.

Several topics are directly related to capacity building in respectful discourse:

  • Communicating across Difference workshop is designed to help participants explore their values and communicate with others who have different values and opinions. Activities are interactive and include conflict management skills and campus resource guidance. Additional follow –up workshops are available.

  • Conflict Resolution session expands on diffusing defensiveness barriers and identifying ways to strengthen active listening skills. Practice conflict management methods that highlight issues and facts while respecting emotions.

  • Introduction to the Social Change Model session enhances student learning and development to create greater self-knowledge and leadership competence. The students will also be able to learn ways to facilitate positive change while being a leader. For more information, contact leadership@utsa.edu.

The Civil Rights and Social Justice Experience
This immersive experience takes 50 students on a five-day tour through multiple states to visit landmarks of the civil rights movement and explores leadership through the lens of that history. Offered each January since 2011, new partnerships with the UTSA Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies department includes an academic course in conjunction with the trip, AAS 4013. For more information, contact leadership@utsa.edu.

Social Justice for San Antonio
This one-day program visits with a variety of civic organizations to help students gain deeper understanding of the social justice dimensions of leadership and to encourage students to become more actively involved in community service. Groups visited with many organizations, including RAICES, Move Texas, Haven for Hope, the San Antonio Pride Center, Centro Seguro, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and the Southwest Workers Union. For more information, contact leadership@utsa.edu.

The Leadership Storytelling Series
The Storytelling Series occurs once each semester to bring students together with distinguished community members and alumni to discuss a leadership topic and share experiences in a roundtable setting. Student facilitators are trained to support the conversations and encourage networking and resource-sharing among the attendees. For more information, contact leadership@utsa.edu.

Alternative Break Program
The UTSA Alternative Break Program challenges students to understand their relationship within the global community through education, reflection, and direct service by participating in a week-long service experience. By participating, students are encouraged to be active citizens that value community in their everyday lives. Winter and spring break trips are scheduled to serve community agencies in New Orleans, Dallas and Puerto Rico. For more information, contact engaged@utsa.edu or 210-458-6114.


Faculty Training

Teaching & Learning Services hosts a variety of in-person and online faculty development workshops to create a productive learning environment.  Students learn best when they are in positive and safe environment that engages and challenges them intellectually. To learn more review creating a productive learning environmenteffective class discussions, and/or reach out to schedule a consultation or to request a customized workshop.

Teaching & Learning Services hosts a variety of in-person and online faculty development workshops throughout the year that generally fall within the following five broad categories:

Access online resources and teaching tips, or reach out to schedule a consultation, quick course diagnosis, classroom observation, or to request a customized workshop.