(Sept. 14, 2017) -- Jaciel Castro has had a busy summer. In addition to working at KIPP San Antonio, running a dance company, and taking care of his son and expecting wife, the UTSA graduate student has maintained a full plate as a UT System Student Regent as both he and his wife pursue graduate degrees. The first UTSA student to serve in the role, Castro represents the UT System student voice at Board of Regents meetings.
In his first three months as the Student Regent, Castro has attended eight meetings, all focused on strategic initiatives to enhance operations at the UT System’s 14 institutions.
“It’s a better experience than I could have ever hoped for,” Castro said. “I wish every student at each UT institution could see what’s going on at System. It’s like a parent. The child never really understands what the parent goes through to give that child an excellent education and a better future. I’m just beginning to see what that parenting looks like from a System perspective.”
Castro says it was a privilege to be a part of the hiring process for new UTSA President Taylor Eighmy.
“It was exciting. I asked him tough questions about how he plans to tie his vision for UTSA into the community,” Castro said. “Dr. Eighmy is a driver for innovation and change. He has what it takes to advance UTSA’s standing.”
Castro has also learned about new opportunities to enhance UTSA’s involvement with public schools in San Antonio.
“I’ve gained insight into the possibilities for UTSA - where we can go and how we can more strongly work with the public schools,” Castro said. “The UT System is doing a lot to enhance student engagement and college graduation rates, and increasing access to policy makers by meeting with city leaders. I’ve learned new ways to bring more resources to our schools and get more students on the path to college.”
His goal is to visit all 14 UT System institutions by the end of December, spending time with students, presidents and community leaders. He wants to learn about their needs and visions then discuss that feedback with the Regents in the spring.
Castro is set to graduate from UTSA with his master’s of science degree in finance with a real estate finance and development concentration in 2018 just after he finishes his term as Student Regent on May 31. Once he graduates, he plans to start working on his second master’s degree at UTSA in urban and regional planning beginning next fall. He also plans to get involved with another board in the San Antonio community to keep the cradle to career conversation going.
“I’m more focused than I have ever felt now that I’ve had this experience,” Castro said. “I better understand why I’m here at UTSA and why I’m with the Board of Regents. I’m excited to see what’s next.”
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The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.Convocation Center, Main Campus