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UTSA recognized by Minority Access Inc. for commitment to diversity

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(Dec. 18, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio is among 27 higher education institutions across the nation honored this year for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access, Inc., a national nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving diversity in education, employment and research.

As a model among institutions with strong and comprehensive diversity initiatives, UTSA has been able to share its initiatives through Minority Access as best practices to those around the country wanting a model to improve diversity at their institutions.

"In the past two years since our office was established, we have been working around the clock to build relationships across campus and in the community with a focus on creating a comprehensive student and faculty diversity strategy," said Lisa Firmin, associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "I am pleased to see UTSA's various diversity and inclusion efforts from around the entire university included among other outstanding nationally known institutions."

UTSA aspires to be a Tier One university while embracing its role as a Hispanic- and minority-serving institution. As an emerging research university, UTSA provides access and opportunity for historically underserved students as more than 60 percent of UTSA students come from groups underrepresented in higher education and many are the first in their families to attend a university.

Did you know? A few facts about UTSA diversity initiatives and recognition:

  • Established in 2012, the Presidential Distinguished Diversity Awards program recognizes diversity/inclusion efforts among students, faculty and staff.
  • Both the College of Business and College of Engineering graduate programs were recognized in Hispanic Business magazine's 2011 Best Schools for Hispanics.
  • The university has been awarded Military Friendly School status by GI Jobs magazine for the last three years, ranking in the top 15 percent of more than 12,000 schools for efforts to recruit and retain military members and veterans.
  • The study abroad program is quite diverse with students from every continent except Antarctica.
  • The Ally Program provides training and resources to faculty and staff members to create a welcoming and supportive environment for students who identify as LGBTQ.
  • UTSA has more than 285 registered student organizations, a Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Association, which include numberous historically black fraternities and sororities.
  • Forty-three faculty members have received at least one Fulbright Scholarship and five students participated in Fulbright programs in 2012.
  • One of the university's freshman orientation programs is conducted in Spanish for students and parents so that more students' families can be involved with the university experience.

For more information, visit the UTSA Diversity website.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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