Through the Equity Advocacy Initiative, UTSA will develop an overarching framework for implementing the recommendations put forth by the 21 st Century Learning Environments Task Group to foster healthy and inclusive learning environments. The initiative will formally connect those efforts to the work of tactical teams on degree pathways and higher education access as a part of our fundamental commitment to diversity, inclusion and the success of UTSA students.
In support of the initiative, UTSA’s colleges and academic support divisions will develop new and enhance existing activities to advance diversity, inclusion and justice.
Equity-Focus Programming in the Graduate School
Preparing for Graduate Education
This session provides information to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and non-DACA students with information about the graduate application process and special initiatives for UTSA students. Additionally, content focuses on key considerations for selecting a graduate program and building a strong application profile through letters of recommendation, personal statement, and other important components. This programming is offered in collaboration with Dreamers’ Resource Center.
Beyond the Bachelor: Graduate Education for First-Generation Students
The primary focus of this session is expectations about the graduate education experience from the application process to becoming a graduate student. Given the critical role of family for first-generation student success, there is a family component that includes information on managing expectations with the student’s social support network. There is also a focus on the importance of building professional relationships and networking before and during a graduate program.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom (Teaching Assistant Orientation and Training)
Conducted by Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson, the goal of this session is to introduce the participants to concepts and strategies related to culturally responsive teaching. The session touches on the concepts of inclusive excellence, equity, implicit bias, and cultural identity designed to build capacity for infusion into the formal and information classroom.