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Opportunities geared towards staff working with and for students.

Student Success and partners across campus are proud to offer professional development opportunities geared towards professional staff, student staff, and faculty working with and for students. Check out the upcoming training and professional development opportunities, including on technology and systems and diversity, equity, and inclusion; additional trainings offered at UTSA; and information about past sessions.

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Training Sessions

The following training sessions are organized by the Hub and Spoke Training Work Team or in collaboration with Student Success. If you have questions, please email

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Technology and Systems Training

RowdyLink Training

An in-depth look at RowdyLink navigation and functionality while covering crucial information for navigating RowdyLink. In this course, experts will provide a detailed walk-through of notification settings, event RSVPs, post-event questions and more. Join us as we reveal tips to navigate RowdyLink and its data assessment tools!

Course Objectives:

  • Event planners will receive information on managing their rosters and roster tools
  • Event planners will receive details on event RSVP settings, managing RSVPs, and post-event questions
  • Event planner will learn how to use event check-in and track attendance/assessment questions
  • Facilitators will allow time for Q & A
Date/Time Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • 2:00-3:30pm
Location   Teams
Audience The training is geared towards staff working in Student Success, College Student Success Centers, Student Affairs, Career Engaged Learning, and other offices working for student success.
Registration Register for CT1018 RowdyLink Training on MyTraining
Getting Started with Adobe InDesign

This session will cover the basics of Adobe InDesign, a tool that lets you create impactful flyers, brochures, and PDFs. During the training, you will learn how to create a multipage document with type, images, and graphics. The course requires no previous skills in Adobe and will walk you through everything from the basics of the tool to layout and document continuity.

Course Objectives: After this session you will be able to:

• Create a multipage InDesign Document
• Recognize the impact of images on PDFs
• Demonstrate the ability to create a document with typographic continuity
• Acquire the ability to create visually stimulating documents
• Recognize the impact of photos on type

Presented by Willie Schaefer, Adobe Specialist

Date/Time Thursday, September 28, 2023 • 10:00-11:00am
Location   Zoom
Audience This training is geared toward Hub and Spoke groups, including Division of Student Success, Division of Student Affairs, Career and Engaged Learning, and College Student Success Centers
Registration Register for SD0689 Adobe InDesign Hub and Spoke on MyTraining


View recording and resource links for past Technology and Systems Trainings in the  Past Trainings section below.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Presented by Sara Tate, Senior Instructional Manager; Supported by the Division of Student Success and Dr. Tammy Wyatt

Date/Time Wednesday, October 11, and Friday, October 13, 2023 • 9:00am-12:00pm on both days
Location In-person on Main Campus (Room TBD)
Audience This training is geared toward professional staff and faculty in Student Success, College Student Success Centers, Career Engaged Learning, and Student Affairs.
Registration Register for Mental Health First Aid Training by September 28, 2023 on Qualtrics
Deconstructing Language: A Human-Centered Approach in Higher Education

Through this interactive presentation, we will explore language through various lenses to understand its impact on people, institutions, and academia. We will discuss this topic from simple everyday expressions to systemically oppressive concepts such as deficit language, and what Dr. D-L Stewart coined language of appeasement. This training is not mandatory and is open to all faculty and staff of the UTSA community.

Course Objectives:

  • The attendees will learn the harmful origins of everyday terms and how language perpetuates oppression and becomes divisive.
  • The attendees will learn how to identify and begin to dismantle deficit language through Dr. Tara Yosso’s work on counter narratives and cultural capital.
  • The attendees will learn how to shift language from a focus of diversity and inclusion to one of equity and justice using Dr. D-L Stewart’s study.

Presented by Ann Margaret Trujillo, Associate Director, Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice

Date/Time Wednesday, November 15, 2023 • 9:00-10:30am
Location Main Campus
Audience This training is geared toward professional staff and faculty in Student Success, College Student Success Centers, Career Engaged Learning, and Student Affairs.
Registration Register for SD690 Deconstructing Language: A Human Centered Approach in Higher Education on MyTraining

Equity Book Club

The Equity Book Club, started in Summer 2022, is part of UTSA’s Hub and Spoke Student Success Initiative and supports the shared goals of providing foundational training on DEI topics across all units and developing a collective ecosystem of student success supports. 

Past selections have included the following (all free through UTSA Libraries or elsewhere):

Information for Fall 2023 Equity Book Club sessions is coming soon!

Additional UTSA Professional Development Opportunities

The following training sessions are organized by various UTSA offices. Please click on the registration links below for more information.

Becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally Part I: Building Your Knowledge of the LGBTQ+ Community

Description: This first part will help us build our knowledge about LGBTQIA+ identities and the community. The course is interactive and includes many opportunities for discussion. Objectives: By attending this course participants will be able to: 1) Build your understanding of terminology and identities within the LGBTQIA+ community 2) Engage in conversations about current challenges and issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community 3) Grow your knowledge about resources and support for LGBTQIA+ students on and off campus.

Becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally Part II: Applying Allyship

Description: This is a newly restructured LGBTQIA+ Ally course. Part II will assist us in learning how to effectively advocate and provide support for LGBTQIA+ students and colleagues. This course is interactive with opportunities for open and honest discussion. Objectives: By attending this course participants will be able to: 1) Build skills for being an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community 2) Build knowledge on advocacy for policies and procedures that support the LGBTQ+ community at UTSA

Dreamer Ally Training

Description: Training is led by the UTSA DRC for staff and faculty. The 2.5 hours training provides an overview of the federal and state policies that impact the lives of Dreamers and undocumented students. Additionally, training provides knowledge about their experiences, activities to reach a greater understanding of how the needs of the undocumented population can be addressed, and tools to become allies and advocates. The training is revised regularly to reflect changes in state and federal policy. Objectives: By attending this course participants will be able to: 1) Establish a university-wide network of easily visible allies that can provide support, information, and assistance to Dreamers and undocumented students 2) Provide tools for staff and faculty to demonstrate their support of undocumented students 3) Provide students an opportunity to respond to instances of discrimination and harassment based on perceived or self-reported immigration status 4) Educate members of the educational community on the needs and concerns of Dreamers and undocumented students 5) Foster a campus atmosphere that supports the academic and professional success of immigrant students, as well as their personal and social growth 6) Advance the university's progress toward a campus that discourages discrimination and openly celebrates Dreamers on-campus and in our community

Understanding and Challenging Microaggressions

Description: Microaggressions are the subtle, covert ways bias influences our actions, thoughts, and behaviors toward marginalized communities such as people of color, women, persons with a disability, and LGBTQ people. The accumulative impact of microaggressions can lead to systemic inequities and a hostile community. Join Inclusive Excellence, Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice, and campus partners to build our knowledge about microaggressions and begin to take action toward addressing and challenging microaggressions at UTSA. Objectives: By attending this session participants will be able to: 1) Begin to understand what microaggressions are and what may cause them to show up 2) Recognize the concept of implicit bias and how it is inherent in microaggressions 3) Articulate a greater awareness of resources and scholarship around microaggressions and their impact on students 4) Create an action plan for combatting microaggressions as a member of the UTSA community.

Understanding Antisemitism on Campus Part 1 and 2

Description: Hillel International’s Understanding Antisemitism on Campus Curriculum is a video-based curriculum designed to educate about the history and context of past and present manifestations of antisemitism, and help individuals feel well-equipped to identify, respond to and proactively educate others about antisemitism. The curriculum is designed to be taught over 2 sessions, on the following topics: (1)What is Judaism? Who are Jews?, (2) History of Antisemitism, (3) Antisemitism Today, (4) Definitions of Antisemitism Each of the first three topics has a corresponding video and curricular materials including a participant video reflection worksheet and a participant source sheet. Objectives: Identifying what is antisemitic; Understand the harm of antisemitism; How to confront antisemitism.

Past Trainings

Training sessions have been offered on the following topics. Links to recordings and guides, where available, are below:

Adobe Creative Cloud


Additional Trainings


If you have any questions, email us at Student Success Professional Development .