APRIL 28, 2021 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent via email today from President Taylor Eighmy to all faculty, staff and students:
I believe fully in the notion that universities have a responsibility to be accountable and as transparent as possible – especially when it comes to our efforts around preventing sexual assault and misconduct.
Building on the update sent by Dean LT Robinson last semester, I am writing to share our latest efforts to promote a zero-tolerance environment for sexual violence.
Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct Initiative
In 2019, UTSA joined the Culture of Respect Collective, a cohort of 37 institutions of higher education dedicated to ending campus sexual violence. UTSA is currently completing its closing assessment process, which will allow us to improve campus-wide education, survivor support and policies.
Furthermore, a faculty and staff Survivors Alliance was established to educate the community about sexual violence and provide continuing support for survivors. As always, confidential support and advocacy is available by contacting the UTSA PEACE Center at email@example.com or (210) 458-4077.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Every April, UTSA mounts a Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, and we hosted many events this month centered around the theme of Creating Safe Online Spaces. There are a few opportunities to get involved before the end of April. Today, you can participate in Denim Day. Tomorrow, Veteran and Military Affairs will host Women Warrior Empowerment, a virtual event focused on sexual trauma within the military community.
2019-2020 Annual Report: Equal Opportunity Services/Title IX Office
We have released our second annual report covering the 2019-2020 fiscal year as part of our ongoing effort to provide comprehensive data from investigations handled by the UTSA Equal Opportunity Services/Title IX Office. In addition to serving as a communication and awareness-raising tool, this report helps us to better quantify trends and determine where additional focus is needed.
I’d like to share a few takeaways from the report:
Clery Act Audit
As you may recall from my message last November, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated an audit in 2019 to review UTSA’s campus crime reporting during the 2015-2017 calendar years. The results of the audit were released last fall, and we responded with information regarding how UTSA was addressing the issues identified by the OIG and contesting findings where warranted. We expect to learn about any fines assessed to UTSA this summer.
Creating a Model Clery Compliance Program
To build upon the changes to our Clery compliance program I initiated in 2017, UTSA hired Margolis Healy and Associates LLC, a national consulting practice with vast Clery Act expertise. Last fall, Margolis Healy performed an assessment of past and current campus security functions. UTSA has partnered with Margolis Healy to implement their recommendations.
While the full assessment will be available this summer, almost all of Margolis Healy’s recommendations have been implemented to date. A few notable improvements to campus security include additional training, enhancements to university policies and procedures and the creation of a timely warnings and emergency notifications matrix.
We have made significant progress as we continue to raise awareness, improve transparency and implement critical prevention and remediation measures. While this progress is important, we have more to do and must continually strive to be a national model for preventing sexual violence. This community deserves nothing less.
The Racial Justice Book Club was established at UTSA by members of the campus community to explore social justice following acts of racial violence across the nation over the last few years. We are reading The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Muñoz Martinez. We will meet every Wednesday in September and October at 2 pm on Zoom.Virtual Event
We invite you to learn about the process of screenwriting and explore the intersection of identity and pursuing dreams from Jorge Ramirez-Martinez and Raymond Perez, screenwriters for the Selena: The Series, released on Netflix. They will discuss their careers and writing process, including how their identities as Mexican American and gay men have shaped their professional experiences.Virtual Event
Please join us in remembering those who have entered the next part of life by designing a nicho box in their memory. This workshop will provide the necessary items to create your nicho box, though please remember to bring a photo or small object that can fit in a 3.5 x5x1 inch box (small jewelry box).John Peace Library GroupSpot B, Main Campus
Come celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage Month with La Comunidad at The University of Texas at San Antonio. We will have food, games and dancing!H-E-B Student Union Ballroom 1 & 2, Main Campus
LMSA invites you to join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month through an interactive cooking lesson! This cultural experience will teach you how to prepare a popular Mexican dish, street taquitos. You will be able to sample this dish and learn the recipe to use in your own home.Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen
Future Roadrunners will see what Roadrunner life is all about at UTSA Day. All of Main Campus transforms into our UTSA Day open house for Future Roadrunners and their families to explore the university experience.Main Campus
Learn about the LGBTQIA+ community and being an Ally and advocate for LGBTQIA+ people, communities, and the issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice Lounge, Main Campus
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