OCTOBER 11, 2021 — Starting this week, The University of Texas at San Antonio will host its final series of events for Hispanic Heritage Month. UTSA’s events have been mirroring the national theme and following the university’s theme of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Our Heritage and Bold Future,” focusing on hope and heritage throughout the month.
Since its inception, UTSA has embraced its Hispanic serving identity. Washington, D.C.-based Excelencia in Education, an organization geared toward accelerating Latino student success in higher education, ranked UTSA third out of the top five institutions in Texas for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Latino students.
Last year, Excelencia awarded UTSA the prestigious Seal of Excelencia, a comprehensive certification recognizing the university’s commitment and ability to accelerate Latino student success.
The following events will round out the university's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration:
Monday, October 11
Las Mujeres de La Raza Unida
6:30 p.m., Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus
This panel discussion will feature three women from the Raza Unida Party, an organization instrumental in bringing political change to Texas and the United States. The event will include a discussion on the Chicano rights movements of the 1960s and ’70s and the women of those movements who were often overlooked.
Wednesday, October 13
UTSA Racial Justice Book Club
2 to 3 p.m., virtual event
The club is reading two books this year. It started in September with the autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchú. The October book is Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Students who join the UTSA Racial Justice Book Club are eligible to receive the books for free.
The documentary “Truly Texas Mexican” follows the issues of social justice through the experience of food and culture from ancient to modern days. Adán Medrano, the film’s executive producer and author of Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes, will join guest panelists for a Q&A session after the screening. A welcome reception and book signing will precede the film. The event is open to the community and parking is available at the Cattleman's Square, across from Buena Vista Theater and Pico De Gallo.
Tuesday, October 26
La narcoliteratura, un género polémico (The narco-literature, a controversial genre)
7 p.m., McKinney Humanities Building (3.01.28), Main Campus (virtual option included)
This final event welcomes Ainhoa Vásquez Mejías, professor and researcher from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, to the Main Campus to host a presentation about the influence of drug trafficking on different areas of culture—specifically on literature.
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
Mental Health Day is an annual campus-wide event taking place at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The event aims to bring students, faculty, and staff together to learn about the significance of taking care of their mental health.Virtual Event
Beyond Boundaries: Mastering the Liberal Arts is an open-access, student-organized academic journal designed as an inclusive forum for UTSA graduate students to demonstrate original work and experience the process of reviewing, editing, and submitting for publication.Carlos Alvarez College of Business, 1.01.20L, Main Campus
The tuba and euphonium students of Gary Poffenbarger and John Caputo will perform festive pieces in the first of two recitals. 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/UTSAMusicUTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
The students of Dr. Isaac Bustos and Prof. Johnny Pena will perform from the Recital Hall stage and via the Department's Facebook page.Recital Hall, 1 UTSA Circle, Main Campus
Presentation by Dr. Ainhoa Vásquez Mejías, professor and researcher from UNAM in Mexico City. It will focus on the influence of drug traffic on different areas of culture, and specifically on literature.Virtual Event
UTSA students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Health Fair on Wednesday. Health and wellbeing information booths and health screenings will be available.HEB Student Union Paseo, 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.