AUGUST 4, 2020 — Six faculty members from UTSA have participated in the San Antonio Compassionate Institute 2020 along with representatives from multiple other city educational organizations. The institute, hosted by Compassionate San Antonio, consists of online curriculum where community educators and leaders receive compassion training to take back to their educational institutions and communities. Participants met virtually from June 15 to July 16.
Participants from UTSA who completed the 2020 Compassionate Integrity Training were Erica Sosa, associate professor in the Department of Public Health; Angela Speck, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Jessica Wright, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Classics; Kathryn Henderson, assistant professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies; Greg Griffin, assistant professor of urban and regional planning in the Department of Architecture; and Gary Jacobs, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
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Other members of the UTSA community are also involved in the program. Members of the CIT planning committee include Maria Alejandro, director of the Center for Civic Engagement; Mel Webb, a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Classics and Honors College; Elvira Leal, assistant vice president for community relations; and Ph.D. student Kerry Mckeon. They have all previously taken the CIT training and will be facilitating post-training CIT workshops for other higher education participants.
“I was excited when the opportunity to bring CIT to San Antonio arose, since it is the only compassion-based training that also includes an analysis of the ways that systems, such as educational systems, can reproduce patterns of harm that require determined, compassionate engagement to repair,” said Webb. “I am glad to offer this program as part of a wider effort to deepen our local commitment to compassion and to move the needle toward more equitable outcomes for students at every level, in every region of San Antonio.”
CIT participants will continue to meet with educators from around the world in events hosted by a designated facilitator through the next academic year to assess how the training is being applied in their classrooms and educational settings.
“CIT has equipped me with the tools to guide students to self-reflect on what role compassion plays in building partnerships for authentic community-engaged experiential learning and scholarship,” Alejandro said.
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The San Antonio Compassionate Institute 2020 grew from the Compassionate SA Resolution approved by City Council and signed in 2017 by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Earlier this year Nirenberg reached out directly to local university presidents, superintendents and educational leaders, asking each to nominate participants for the program from their institutions.
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