Editor’s note: This message was sent today via email to all students, faculty and staff from President Taylor Eighmy, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson, Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise Bernard Arulanandam, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director Lisa Campos, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, Vice President for Information Management and Technology Kendra Ketchum, Interim Vice President for University Relations Rod McSherry, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar Mendez, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Karl Miller-Lugo, and Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students LT Robinson:
JUNE 17, 2020 — This Friday, Juneteenth, we commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. In recognition of this historic event, we are writing to follow up on President Eighmy’s message earlier this month to share our next critical action steps around our equity and racial justice efforts.
First and most important, we are listening.
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and so many other Black Americans—together with the pandemic’s amplification of racial disparities—have made it clear that we have much to learn about the impact of systemic racism and much to do to achieve an equitable, just society for all.
Providing spaces and tools for processing, dialogue, input and self-education are all vital to deepening our understanding and positioning our institution and ourselves to create change. We have some outlets in place, with more in the works:
While we listen and learn, we are also taking next steps for action and change. These are just some of what we have planned:
This is just the beginning. Additional campuswide training on racial bias, antiracism and microaggressions will be announced soon, and our Impacting Social Injustice site will continue to offer updates and resources. In the meantime, we hope you will all consider attending UTSA’s Juneteenth event on Friday as another opportunity to stand with our Black communities in the fight for liberation from racial injustice.
In the words of Peniel Joseph, our 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker: “Our nation is facing a generational opportunity to transform democracy.” We are committed to embracing this opportunity and to doing the hard work ahead.
UTSA invites you to participate in our community altar by RSVP to this event. You can also use this link to learn more about Día de Los Muertos:https://anendlessconnection.weebly.com/the-project.html.Student Union Window Lounge, Main Campus
October 28th celebrates National Immigrants Day. On this day, we gather to explore the diverse heritage of our nation’s social fabric. We dedicate this day to understanding how our nation was founded and built by immigrants. Our goal is for the UTSA family to recognize and celebrate how all immigrants, regardless of their citizenship status, contribute to our community through their resiliency and ingenuity.Multicultural Student Lounge, HSU 2.207, Main Campus
The COLFA Advanced Career Pathways Workshops are focused on connecting your education with your career aspirations and exploring your pathways to reach your goal.Mesquite Room, Student Union, 2.01.24, Main Campus
The Westside Community Center will be creating an altar or "ofrenda" as many do within San Antonio and the Westside for "Dia de los Muertos." If you would like to participate, we invite you to send in a photo of a loved one that will be placed in this space. You are welcome to join us on October 28th at 3:00 pm to set up the space and come see us at the Westside Community Center.UTSA Westside Community Center, 1310 Guadalupe St., San Antonio, TX 78207
Blueprints For Pangaea is hosting its first on-campus inventory event of the semester! Join us for a Halloween-themed afternoon where we'll inventory medical supplies while enjoying Halloween movies. By the end of the event, you will have positively impacted the health of hundreds of individuals. We require at least one hour of attendance and come dressed up because the best costumes will earn awards.Flawn Sciences Building, 3.02.02, Main Campus
Chris Villanueva and other jazz faculty will perform standards in this concert. More details to come. The Fall 2021 concert schedule is subject to change. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. This concert will be live-streamed via the UTSA Music Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UTSAMusic When:UTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
UTSA Sustainability will have three courses of varying difficulty to accommodate different ages and abilities. There will a one mile walk on generally level surface to introduce you to the student run community garden, a longer walk with stairs and topo changes, and a five mile bike ride to introduce you to the Leon Greenway.Tito Bradshaw Bicycle Repair Shop Ximenes Ave, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.