Their accounts of violence, oppression, and danger will astonish you, but not more than their determination to survive and thrive. Every year, San Antonio sees hundreds of refugees settled in the city. Strangers in a strange land - how well are these lost people getting along?
A special project from the UTSA Advanced Policy Social Work masters class wanted to find out – and inform the city.
Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.
Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.
Tonight, the U.S. Poet Laureate is the featured speaker at UTSA’s Creative Writing Series; Natasha Trethewey is expected to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection.
Trethewey was serving as the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi when she was selected as the 19th poet laureate of the United States in June. Her first poems, titled, “Domestic Work,” won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem poetry prize. Her third collection, "Native Guard,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
"The goal is to really create a vibrant, walkable, livable downtown area," said Tom Kennely of UTSA's Institute of Economic Development, who could be talking about any city in the United States, or even San Antonio.
Located on Hwy. 87 east of San Antonio, La Vernia is a community of about 1,000. UTSA is working with the City of La Vernia to bring people back to the community's downtown area, and the university also offers business development and community development for 79 counties from its San Antonio office.
UTSA president Ricardo Romo re-capped the school's progress toward Tier One status in his state of the university address Wednesday.
Dr. Romo outlined some of the new initiatives to help incoming students - such as the new Graduation Rate Improvement Plan, or 'GRIP.' GRIP will proactively work with 250 high-school students in San Antonio to make sure they are prepared for college-level courses, with the goal of helping them avoid remedial classes when they get to college.
San Antonio small business owners and new entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. UTSA’s Small Business Development Center works with 35,000 businesses each year, and has now realized an important step in creating a network of trading partners up and down the Western Hemisphere.