News & Events


Roadrunner Pantry!

We will be holding a collection during the last class event for the Roadrunner Pantry. The purpose of this collection is to get non-expired, non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter/jelly, oatmeal, hygiene products, crackers, etc. for students who may be struggling to make ends meet. If you have any questions feel free to contact

2017 Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Scholarship

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has made available a one-year scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for students who have completed or are about to complete their first year of studies in the program (fall 2016 entrants).

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW or MSSW) at one of 12 Texas graduate programs that are accredited or pending accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Have completed (or be about to complete) their first year of graduate studies in social work and be prepared to enter their second year in the program in the fall of 2017.
  • Demonstrate their commitment to pursuing a career in providing mental health services to underserved/underrepresented individuals and their communities in Texas upon obtaining their MSW or MSSW degree.

If you meet all of these requirements and are interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit the documents listed below to Cyndi Beals in the Department of Social Work main office (FS 4.544) no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Applications received after that time will not be accepted.

Required documents include:

  • Cover sheet with your first and last name, Banner ID, telephone number; e-mail address, and date of submission;
  • Copy of your resume; and
  • Personal statement (500 word maximum) that addresses the following points:
  • -Your career goals;
  • -Why you chose social work as a career;
  • -Experience to date (if any) in providing mental health services;
  • -How a Master’s degree in Social Work will help you achieve your career goals;
  • -Impact you intend to achieve as a professional social worker; and
  • -Your need to receive this award.

The Department of Social Work Scholarship Committee will nominate a student for this scholarship based on applicants received. The nominee must then be recommended for the scholarship formally by the Chair of the UTSA Social Work Department.

Questions about this scholarship opportunity should be addressed to Derek Plantenga, Department of Social Work Graduate Advisor of Record, by telephone at 458-2026 or via e-mail at


The College of Public Policy will offer awards to outstanding student research papers at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Applicants should complete an application and submit it to the College by April 21st! Applications are available online at   Please contact Jana Schwartz with any questions (

UTSA Today:  Dr. Heidi Rueda shares tips for healthy relationships

2017 Events

Mar. 7 - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Table Recruiting | 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | McKinney Humanities Bldg., 2nd Floor (all majors welcome)

Mar. 7 - CDC Information Session | 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Retama Auditorium UC 2.02.02

Mar. 27 | Demography Lecture Series with Dr. Barbara Bird | MNT 3.240

2017 Announcements

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has opened up applications for academic scholarships. Apply at

Congressman Joaquin Castro is seeking interns for his district office!

Magdalena Ministries, Inc. is hiring for Program Administrator.
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Fall 2016 Downtown Campus Updates (click to download PDF)

Check out College of Public Policy's new video!

10/25/2016 - Dept. of SW Communities Class wins COSA Grant!

Candace Christensen and the graduate students in her SW Advanced Communities Course were awarded $900 from the City of San Antonio Challenge Grant! Their program will address safety issues raised in a community needs assessment of the Westside of San Antonio. The Festival to be held in conjunction with the Madonna Neighborhood Place will provide safety education and awareness through collaborative presentations from law enforcement and other community organizations.

Eric Alva Receives the Chuck Jordan Award

Announcements / Stories

We have an exciting opportunity for one of our current students, and it could be you! The Gunn Family Endowment has made available a one-year scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for students currently enrolled in the UTSA Social Work Program. Fill out this form  to apply.


Jennifer Vasquez - 2014 Field Instructor of the Year!