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UTSA Hosts Fourth Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in TexasThe University of Texas at San Antonio will host its fourth annual Texas Higher Education Symposium August 2-3 at the UTSA Main Campus. This year’s event, “Inclusion in Higher Education: Where we are, where we need to be,” will feature presentations and discussions on a broad range of topics in higher education. (See agenda below.)

David Gardner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board deputy commissioner of Academic Planning and Policy, will provide the keynote speech at a luncheon on Friday, Aug. 3 in the University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104). As deputy commissioner, Gardner oversees the divisions of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research, Planning and Accountability, and P-16 Initiatives. One of his primary roles includes coordination of the Board’s efforts toward Closing the Gaps by 2015, through academic excellence and research at Texas institutions of higher education.

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.

All symposium events are free and open to the public with the exception of Friday’s lunch. Those who wish to attend the lunch may pay $12.00 on-site at the conference registration table.

The symposium is sponsored by UTSA’s Higher Education Administration Student Association (HEASA), College of Education and Human Development, and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

For more information, visit www.heasautsa.org/symposium/ or contact Professor Maricela Oliva at 210-458-5832.




Thursday, August 2, 2012:


5 p.m.: Symposium Registration, Main Building Auditorium Lobby


6 p.m.: HEASA Distinguished Lecture by Shaun R. Harper, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Main Building Auditorium (MB 0.104)


7 p.m.: Reception, Main Building Auditorium Lobby


Friday, August 3, 2012:


8 a.m.: Symposium Registration/Meet & Greet/Continental Breakfast, UC Ballroom Galleria


8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Remarks, UC Ballroom


9 a.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Parent Family and Generational Influences, University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104)


• The Role of Family Involvement in Latino Male Student’s Postsecondary Education in Texas

• She Was My Personal Counselor: The Role of Siblings in First Generation Latino Student Experience


• Latino Millennial College Students: A Cohort within the Millennial Generation


9 a.m.: Working Group on Latino/a Allied Health Professional Education Pipeline Issues: A Matter of Public Health, University Center Bexar Room (UC 1.102)


10 a.m.: Morning Break, University Center Galleria


10:15 a.m.: Working Groups


• LGBT Issues, University Center Hidalgo Room (UC 2.214)


• Community College Engagement, University Center Harris Room (UC 2.212)


• Reclaiming their Children’s Educational Aspirations: The Critical Role of Latino Parents in College Access, University Center Montgomery Room (UC 2.214A.1)


11:15 a.m.: Poster Session, University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104)


Noon: Luncheon & Keynote Speaker, University Center Ballroom (UC 1.106)


1:30 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Community College Issues, University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104)


• Latino students and their transfer experiences from the community college to the university: What is the role of family?


• The social integration of deaf students in community colleges: An exploratory analysis


• Latino males in Texas community colleges: A phenomenological study of masculinity constructs and their effect on college experiences

1:30 p.m.: Extending Inclusion Programmatically, University Center Bexar Room (UC 1.102)


2:45 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on the Student Experience, University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104)

• Timing is everything: What you should know about including first-year Latino students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities


• Filling the gaps in undergraduate education: The implementation of AVID in two Texas universities


• Including the Discontented and Disregarded: Graduate Student Activism and the Evolution of the Alumni of Color Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2003-2012

3:45 p.m.: Working Groups Reports, Poster Award & Closing, University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104)

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