JUNE 19, 2020 — It was late April of this year when the Texas State Board of Education rendered its final decision on African American studies. With expediency and surprisingly without any contention, the verdict was announced: African American studies were now to be “permitted” in Texas’ classrooms.
Texas teens would no longer need to rely only on Hollywood movies to learn, for example, that it was African American women who solved the math equations that made it possible to send the first men to the moon.
Now UTSA will make history too. In July the College of Education and Human Development will lead the first workshops to provide local high school teachers continuing education hours in the area of African American studies. The goal is simple: Start a new chapter in education that reflects a more inclusive American history.
“It’s a big win,” said Karla Broadus, lecturer and director of the African American Studies program in the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies at UTSA. “A history that doesn’t teach our next generation about the contributions of all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, is an incomplete story.”
Broadus, along with lecturers Mario Salas and Charles Gentry, will hold the series of workshops to help current and future educators receive two continuing professional education credit hours. The focus on the Texas Education Agency goals for African American studies is to broaden the knowledge and understanding about the history, culture, economics and political realities for African Americans.
Texas is now the fifth state in the country to offer African American studies in high schools. However, it will be the first state in the nation to offer both Mexican American studies and African American studies.
The UTSA workshops will be offered by the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and aptly called, “Building Critical Consciousness in the Classroom and Community: African American History, Culture, and Economics.” They will be held on July 14 from 10 a.m. – noon and free . The course will provide attendees the necessary skills and knowledge they need to to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirement of African American Studies.
Unlike some other programs, UTSA will make the workshops available to non-educators and the rest of the San Antonio community at no cost. Anyone interested to attend the inaugural workshop is asked to RSVP. Due to the already high enrollment turnout for the initial workshop, a second workshop was added for July 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.
“One of our goals is to make learning about African American history an ‘I want to learn more’ experience for the students who will be impacted and the educators and community leaders who deliver the knowledge,” said Broadus.
Now it’s up to local school districts in San Antonio to decide whether they will offer the courses.
Organized by faculty and staff from the College for Health, Community and Policy, the third Texas Latino Policy Symposium convenes academics, practitioners and activists from across the state to engage in discussions that examin the need of our Latino population and the impact of COVID-19 in Texas. The goal of this symposium is to formulate policy responses to propose to the Texas legislature that redress the disproportionate lasting impact the pandemic has had on Latino families.Virtual Event
This panel will discuss hispanic serving institutions and their role in serving students and their communities. Sandra Garza, PhD,, assistant professor and coordinator of the Mexican American Studies Program at Northwest Vista College; Paul J. Rodriguez, Ed.D., project director for PIVOT for Academic Success at UTSA; Erin E. Doran, Ed.D., assistant professor of higher education at Iowa State University; Andres Puente, sports marketing major at UTSA and Lilianna Saldaña, PhD., associate professor and program coordinator for the UTSA Mexican American Studies Program will be a part of the panel.Virtual Event
Join Excelencia in Education online for the national announcement of the 2020 Examples of Excelencia. Selected programs in colleges, universities and community-based organizations across the country will be recognized for their positive impact on Latino student success.Virtual Event
All students and employees are able to get their flu shot and other vaccines at the Main Campus from October 6 to 7 and at the Downtown Campus on October 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the clinic and the influenza virus, visit the Roadrunner Return page.Denman Room (SU 2.01.28)
In this gathering hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, attendees will discuss the potential role restorative justice has in anti-racism work. The event will also focus on how people of color persevere in hyper racialized white systems.Virtual Event
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