Distinguished Lecture - Mayor Ivy Taylor


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Theater (BV 1.326) Time: 5:30 PM

Please join us for our first Dean’s Distinguished Lecture of the Spring 2016 semester on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. featuring Mayor Ivy Taylor.  Her topic is “Cities and Citizens: Why Public Service?” The Mayor is looking forward to attending and speaking to the UTSA community. The lecture will take place in the Buena Vista St. Bldg. Theater (BV 1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Also, we have partnered with NOWCast SA to provide you with the opportunity to view webcast video live or replay the video later. Please visit www.nowcastsa.com to follow the program.

The event is free and open to the public. Free guest parking will be available in Lot D-3 under I-35 in unmarked spaces.  A map and directions are available at http://www.utsa.edu/dtcamp/visit.html.

About Mayor Ivy R. Taylor

Ivy R. Taylor was elected Mayor of San Antonio on June 13, 2015.  Prior to that, she was appointed to the office of Mayor in July, 2014, to fulfill Julian Castro’s unexpired term. She had served as the District 2 City Council Representative for a total of five years beginning with her election in June, 2009.

Mayor Taylor began her career working for the City of San Antonio in the Housing and Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Action Department.  While at the City, she worked with a variety of neighborhood associations, developers and nonprofit organizations in order to facilitate inner city redevelopment.  After six years, she left employment with the City of San Antonio to become Vice President at Merced Housing Texas.  At Merced, she worked to create and implement programs to improve family stability for apartment community residents.  For six years, Mayor Taylor also lectured at UTSA in the Public Administration Department.

During her tenure on the City Council and as Mayor, she has remained focused on balanced growth throughout our city and targeted investment in areas where opportunities have been limited.  She led the effort to bring over $50million in federal funding for revitalization of San Antonio’s Eastside.  As Mayor, she and the City Council worked with San Antonio Water Systems to achieve unanimous approval for the Vista Ridge Water Supply project which will help ensure water supply for our growing city.

Mayor Taylor currently serves on the board for Healthy Futures of Texas and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas.  She has served on the City's Planning Commission and as a Commissioner for the City's Urban Renewal Agency (SADA).  Mayor Taylor completed the Leadership San Antonio class sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 was acknowledged by the San Antonio Business Journal as a "Rising Star" in their "40 under 40" class.

Mayor Taylor obtained a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.  In 1992, she received a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.  Mayor Taylor is a devoted wife and a mother.

Investing in Digital Inclusion Seminar


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Meeting Assembly Room (BV 1.338) Time: 3:00 PM

Investing in Digital Inclusion 

hosted by San Antonio Housing Authority, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Public Policy

About Digital Inclusion

Access to broadband has become an essential component of economic opportunity and financial well-being, yet there is a significant digital divide in many underserved communities. Under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) guidelines, financial institutions can support broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programs of nonprofit organizations, local government and educational groups.

Learn how the CRA guidelines can be used to bridge the digital divide, and how ongoing San Antonio Housing Authority and City of San Antonio efforts provide unprecedented local opportunities. San Antonio is one of 28 communities across the nation adopting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome initiative to provide internet access and technology support to residents living in assisted housing developments.

Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor in Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, will discuss her publication, "Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations," and highlight actions financial institutions can take to help bridge the digital divide. View the publication here.

 RSVP is encouraged.  Parking is available in Lot D-3 under the IH-35 bridge.  Visit www.utsa.edu/maps for directions to the Downtown Campus.  

2 Hungry 2 Learn


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Frio St. Bldg.,1.512 Time: 6:00 PM

Demography Doctoral Dissertation Defense


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Monterrey Bldg., Rom 2.250 Time: 1:00 PM

Demography Doctoral Dissertation Defense


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Room 1.318 Time: 9:00 AM

Demography Doctoral Dissertation Defense


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Rm 4.301B Time: 10:00 AM

Roadrunner Days


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Meeting Assembly Room, BV 1.338 Time: 8:30 AM

New Works Opening Reception


Location: UTSA Downtown Art Gallery, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Time: 6:00 PM

A.J. Rodriguez is Chair of the College of Public Policy Advisory Council and Vice-President, External Affairs for Zachry Group in San Antonio, TX.

Criminal Justice Summer Camp


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus Time: 9:00 AM

2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus All day

UTSA College of Public Policy in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and University of Texas Medical Branch, present

The 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas, Sept. 14-16, 2016 

   Contextualizing Health and Aging on Both Sides of the U.S./Mexico Border

The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Livestream provided by NowCast SA

*Special thank you to the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services for your contribution to the sponsorship of the webcast.*


Conference Overview

The Conference on Aging in the Americas (CAA) is aimed at utilizing research to augment knowledge about dimensions of healthful aging for people of Hispanic and Latin American descent and fostering emerging scholars in the field as this topic rapidly develops as a major policy and national budget issue.  Past installments examined the social and economic causes and consequences of health problems among older Mexican-origin individuals in the United States and in Mexico.  An overview of what was accomplished at our bridging workshop in Mexico, DF, and in past ICAA meetings is available at  http://lbjschool.austin.utexas.edu/caa/  Future symposia will be an indispensable means for assembling multidisciplinary contributors who can disseminate state-of-the-art research, inform public policy from a bi-national perspective, and consider the best course for ensuring productive aging in the Hispanic population.

What you will gain:

  • Access to leading, nationally & internationally, recognized experts in the field of Hispanic health and aging.
  • Exposure to cutting edge research related to immigration processes, family and household structure, and macroeconomic changes on the quality of community life.  
  • Understanding of how physical, social, and economic environments give rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.

Conference Details

The Welcome Dinner and Keynote (RSVP here)

A Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address will kick off the 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.  Keynote Address will be presented by Dr. Peter Ward, Associate Dean for Research; C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S. - Mexico and Relations and Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, University of Texas at Austin.  A meet and greet and cocktail reception will take place prior to the dinner, beginning at 6pm.  All registrants to the conference are invited to attend.  Dinner will be held in the Salon de Gala at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, starting at 7pm.


Registration opens July 1, 2016. There is no cost to register.  Registration check-in will also take place on Sept. 14th at the DoubleTree Hotel on the first floor from 6pm - 7pm.  Join us for a cocktail reception during check-in time, and enjoy the sounds of San Antonio by listening to a mariachi band.  The dinner and keynote address will occur in the Salon de Gala room after the meet and greet. 

or   Click here to complete the registration form


DoubleTree by Hilton

Hotel accommodations are provided by the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207.  Here, guests can enjoy convenient access to the conference, nearby eateries and other facilities. Individual call-ins can be made by calling hotel reservations at 1-800-HILTONS or calling the hotel directly at (210) 224-7155 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please ask for the group room block ICAA Conference Block or Group Code ICA.  Book by September 1, 2016 to reserve your room.
You may also book your stay by using the web link below.
Reserve Your Hotel Stay here

If you need assistance with your reservations, please call Kimberly Chaney at 210-388-0312.  

Maps and Directions to Doubletree Hotel

How to Get Here

From the Airport 
San Antonio International Airport

Hwy 281 South, Exit Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.  (formerly Durango Blvd.) turn Right - Hotel is 1 mile on left

Distance from Hotel:
11 mi.

Drive Time:
20 min.

Click on link for a  map of the Double Tree by Hilton other and hotel details.

Map of the UTSA Downtown Campus


The DoubleTree Hotel's website provides information on nearby attractions.  There are many things to do in the heart of San Antonio.  Visit the Alamo, catch a river boat taxi, or stroll through Market Square while enjoying your stay in historic San Antonio.  These fun activities are all within close proximity to the UTSA Downtown Campus.  Click here for more information.


If you wish, feel free to contact Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, Principal Investigator for the 2016 ICAA meeting at  rogelio.saenz@utsa.edu; Michelle Skidmore at michelle.skidmore@utsa.edu
or one of the co-organizers, Jacqui Angel  jangel@austin.utexas.edu or Kyriakos Markides, UTMB Galveston, kmarkide@utmb.edu

CAA website:  http://lbjschool.austin.utexas.edu/caa/2016-2

Faculty  website

Download event flyer 

Child Care/Family Care 

Attendance for some individuals will be dependent on the availability of resources for family care.  Family/child care will be available at the conference site.  Information for arrangements is forthcoming.  Please check the website soon for more details on dependent care.


Guests driving to the conference and not staying at the hotel may park in our Durango Loop lot across from the Durango Bldg., located at W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and S. Pecos-La Trinidad St.  Guests staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton receive complimentary parking in the hotel's parking garage.


This year, NowCast SA will live-stream the 2016 ICAA.  Anyone will be able to view the program live on the web or replay later.  You may view You Tube to watch the program at any time after the event.  Visit www.nowcastsa.com to view the program.

Keynote Speakers

Welcome Dinner & Kickoff Keynote

Dr. Peter Ward

Peter M. Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool in 1976 and subsequently has held senior teaching and research positions at University College London (1976-85), The University of Cambridge (1985-91), and at The University of Texas at Austin (1991-present) where he holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial # 1 Chair in US-Mexico Relations, and is professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs where he also serves as the Assoc. Dean for Research.

He is author of numerous books and major scholarly articles on Mexico’s social policy, and on informal land markets, self-help (colonia) housing and low-income housing policy in Latin America, Mexico, and Texas. He has been a regular participant and contributor to the ICAA meetings since 2013. Especially germane to this meeting are his books: Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico: Urbanization by Stealth, (1999 UT-Press); and Housing Policy in Latin American Cities: A New Generation of Strategies and Approaches for UN-Habitat III in 2016 (2015 Routledge) With his graduate students, his current work examines household organization, self-help, inheritance asset transfers, and new housing and health challenges among low income families in border colonias and in similar informal homestead subdivisions found in peri-urban fringe of cities throughout Texas and the South.

In 2012 he led a major University of Texas study on the use of Recorded and Unrecorded Contract for Deed on behalf of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and since 2007 has led a major Latin American Housing Network website (www.lahn.utexas.org) where many of these publications may be accessed.

Opening Keynote 

Dr. Rene Zenteno

Rene Zenteno is the Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Senior International Officer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is responsible for institutional development and oversight of university-wide initiatives and global partnerships essential to UTSA international education, research and outreach. Dr. Zenteno is also Professor of Demography in the College of Public Policy at UTSA.

As the Under Secretary of Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico from 2010-2012, Zenteno was instrumental in writing, negotiating and enacting the 2011 Mexican Immigration Law. He also helped pass the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection. These legal instruments provide basic rights to migrants and refugees in Mexico regardless of immigration status.

Prior to his work with UTSA, Zenteno had been provost and professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He spent eight years on the faculty of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Zenteno, who earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, has received numerous honors and fellowships, including President of Sociedad Mexicana de Demografía and membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation. Zenteno’s articles have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences, Social Problems, Journal of Development Economics, Latin American Research Review, International Migration Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Estudios Demográficos y Urbanos, Frontera Norte, and other academic journals.

Closing Keynote

Dr. Maria Aranda

Mariana López-Ortega is currently working as Researcher at the Mexican National Institute of Geriatrics, National Institutes of Health. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Public Health and Policy form the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. Her current lines of research include long-term care for older adults, the supply of informal care for Mexican older adults and its costs, and the social determinants of aging and health.

Schedule of Activities

Wednesday, September 14

6-8:00 pm Kickoff Dinner Event DoubleTree Hotel (Salon de Gala)
6:00-7:00 pm Registration/Meet & Greet
7:00-7:15 pm Welcome Rogelio Sáenz, UTSA
                     Jacqueline Angel, UT Austin

7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker Peter Ward, The University of Texas-Austin
Evening Keynote: "How Place and Space Matter:  Intersections between Housing, Health and the Life Course Among Aging Latinos" (By Invitation Only)

Thursday, September 15 
7:30-8:30 am Registration continued & Breakfast, UTSA Downtown Campus, Southwest Room (DB 1.124)
8:30-8:40 am Welcome, Rogelio Sáenz René Zenteno
8:40-9:20 am Opening Keynote, René Zenteno  - The New Era of Mexico-U.S. migration: The post 2006 Experience and the Collapse of Undocumented Migration
9:20 -9:30 am Remarks, UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo

Panel #1 9:30-10:30 am
Mexico’s Health Care Context
Presider Fernando Torres-Gil University of California, Los Angeles

Speaker: Mariana Lopez-Ortega  Institutos Nacionales de Salud de México
Co-Author: Luis Miguel Gutierrez Robledo, Institutos Nacionales de Salud de México 
Title: Contextualizing health and aging in Mexico: an opinion nationwide survey on aging

Speaker: Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, UCLA
Co-Authors: Anne R. Pebley, UCLA and Noreen Goldman, Princeton
Title: Links between occupational history and functional limitations among older adults in Mexico 

Speaker: Veronica Montes De Oca, UNAM
Co-Authors: Patricia Rea-Angeles, UNAM and Ron Angel, U.T. Austin
Title: El envejecimiento en Mexico y el papel de las OSC

Break 10:30-10:45 am

Panel #2 10:45-11:45 am
Contextualizing Human Security in the Americas:Mexico, Brazil, and the U.S
Presider Fernando Riosmena, University of Colorado at Boulder

Speaker: Leticia Marteleto, The University if Texas-Austin
Title: Intergenerational Families in a Rapidly Aging Context: Forty Years of Elderly Empowerment in Brazil

Speaker: Flavia Andrade, University of Illinois-Urbana
Co-Author: Mariana Lopez-Ortega
Title: Assessment of the Impact of Socioeconomic Disparities in Health among Retirement Age Adults in Brazil and Mexico

Speaker: Stipica Mudrazija, Urban Institute
Title: Present and Future Retirement Security for Aging Latinos

Lunch 12:00-1:30 pm

Panel #3 1:30-3:00pm
Aging in the Context of Stress, Fear, and Religious Involvement
Presider Luis Gutierrez, Institutos Nacionales de Salud de Mexico 

Speaker: William Vega, University of Southern California
Co-Author: William Sribney
Title: Regional Effects on ADL's and IADL's of Longitudinal Exposure to Life Course Stress Factors: A Comparison of U.S. Latino and White non-Latino older adults

Speaker: Nestor Rodriguez, The University if Texas at Austin
Co-Authors: Jacqueline Hagan, UTMB and David Leal
Title: Aging Environments of Fear

Speaker: Terrence Hill, University of Arizona at Tucson
Co-Authors: Sunshine Rote, University of Louisville and Christopher G. Ellison, UTSA
Title: Religious Involvement and Biological Functioning in Mexico

Juried Poster Session 3:00-4:30pm
Organizer Terrence Hill

Panel #4 4:00-5:00pm
Emerging Scholars Oral Presentations
Presider Lloyd Potter, University of Texas at San Antonio

Award Ceremony and Reception 5:00-6:00pm

Speed Monitoring and Dinner 6:30-9:30pm
Presiders Bill Vega, USC and Brian Downer, UTMB

Friday, September 16

Panel #5 8:00-9:00am
Social Support and Mexican-Origin Aging
Presider Dr. Harriett Romo, Director, UTSA Mexico Center & Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy, Research Institute

Speaker: Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Oregon State University
Title: Contextualizing Elder Care among Mexican-Origin Caregivers in the 21st Century Mexico and the United States

Speaker: Kate Cagney, University of Chicago
Title: Neighborhood Social Context and the Health of Older Latinos in the U.S.

Speaker: Sunshine Rote, University of Louisville
Co-Authors: Jacqui Angel, U.T. Austin and Kyriakos Markides, UTMB
Title: Neighborhood Factors Caregiver Stress Processes among the Mexican-origin Population

Speaker: Silvia Mejia Arango, Colegio de la frontera Norte, Mexico
Co- Author: Rogelio Saenz, UTSA
Title: Social Factors as Mediators of Cognition during the Life Course among the Elderly: The Case of Mexicans in Mexico and the United States

Panel #6 10:00-11:00am
New Binational Perspectives on Geriatric Health Services: Mexico and the USA
Presider Iveris Martinez, Florida International University

Speaker: Fanny Sleman, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Co-Author: Veronica Montes de Oca,Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Title: Aging rule-based policies outcomes in the Mexican States

Speaker: Jennifer Salinas, University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville
Title: Healthcare access and utilization on the U.S.-Mexico border region

Closing Keynote Address 11:00am-12:00pm 

Speaker: Maria Aranda, University of Southern California
Title: Closing Keynote-The Physical and Social Environment: Effects on Mental Health

Consensus Building Session and Luncheon 12:30-1:30pm
Co-Presider Rogelio Saenz, UTSA and Kyriakos Markides, UTMB-Galveston
Consensus Building Session and Luncheon

Presider Jacqui Angel, U.T. Austin
CAA Advisory Group Publications Committee

About the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Located in the heart of San Antonio’s business, social and cultural scenes, the UTSA Downtown Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Public Policy and the College of Education and Human Development.  Approximately one-third of UTSA’s graduate students take classes at the Downtown Campus. The urban campus is home to many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings and serves as a convenient location for hosting community wide events.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution with nearly 29,000 students.  It is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region.  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.  

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by a (R13) Scientific Meeting Grant from the National Institute of Health (NIA). No. AG029767-01A2 The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Commencement, College of Public Policy


Location: Alamodome Time: 4:00 PM

Commencement Info available here: www.utsa.edu/commencement

PA Theory Network Conference


Location: Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 All day

The Public Administration Theory Network organizes a prestigious annual conference every spring. The PA THEORY NETWORK 2016 Conference "Important Immeasurables and Public Administration Theory” will be held in San Antonio, Texas on May 20-22, 2016.  

Hotel Information 

Menger Hotel (210.223.4361) 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 http://www.mengerhotel.com/

Room Rates 

Queen Bed Non Smoking: Single Rate: $139.00 Double Rate: $139.00 Triple Rate: $149.00 Quad Rate: $149.00 King Bed Non Smoking: Single Rate: $139.00 Double Rate: $139.00 Triple Rate: $149.00 Quad Rate: $149.00 Complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and meeting spaces 


2016 Parking rates for your group are: $20.00 Valet plus 8.25% tax, (subject to change/for Hotel guest only). There are no accommodations for bus parking at hotel. There are various city lots around hotel from $12.00 to $20.00 a day. The hotel will provide (2) complimentary parking passes while group is in-house at the hotel. 


There is a city shuttle called “GO Airport Shuttle” that leaves every 15-30 minutes from outside the baggage claim area at the airport. Shuttle will make several hotel drop offs. Cost is $20.25 one way or $36.70 round trip. Taxi ranges from $25.00 to $30.00 and will charge flat rate for one to three people. 

Deadline to Make Reservations 

Committed guest rooms will be held until Friday, April 22, 2016 at which time they will be released. Reservations received after the deadline date will be accepted on the basis of availability even if the group block is filled. Please note that the Menger Hotel does not apply an Attrition Clause to your contract for rooms not picked up after cutoff date. 

Other Information 

Name changes will only be accepted up to (48 hours) prior to arrival. Reservations By: Individual Call-In 24-hour toll-free reservations: 800-345-9285/Online Group Link Conference rate will be held until April 15th at which time they will be released and go up to $169/night. WHEN Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:00 AM - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM (CDT) 


Menger Hotel - 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

For more info and to get tickets, please click here.  You can also visit the website.

Paletas in the Plaza


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Bill Miller Plaza Time: 11:30 AM

MPA Open House


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Meeting Assembly Room (BV 1.338) Time: 4:30 PM

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Theater (BV 1.326) Time: 5:30 PM

The UTSA Office for Community Services and the College of Public Policy present 

The Historical Impact of Henry B. Gonzalez on Politics and Public Policy

A Panel Discussion to Commemorate Henry B's Centennial

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg. Theater (BV 1.326) 

(Please note:  room has changed due to attendance size) 

Event is free and open to the Public 

Reception to follow

RSVP here

NowCast SA to live-stream event.  Click on link to view the program live on May 3rd.  The program will be available to view on Youtube after May 3rd.

Special thanks to Max Navarro and Jane Macon for sponsoring the webcast.

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Dr. Ricardo Romo, President, University of Texas at San Antonio


Dr. Francine Romero:  Opening remarks and introduction of panelists


Lionel Sosa (confirmed)
Henry B.: A child of the revolution--the social, cultural and political environment of the Mexican community in San Antonio in the early 20th century. 

Gene Rodriguez (organizer)
Henry B: A brief profile of his career 

Dr. Henry Flores (confirmed)
Henry B.: Reflections on his impact on the politics of the city, state and nation 

Dr. Henry Cisneros (confirmed)
Henry B.: Reflections on his impact on the public policies of the city, state and nation 

The Honorable Charles Gonzalez (organizer)
Henry B: Reflections by the son who replaced him in Congress 


Dr. Francine Romero


Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes of the band Buttercup will perform a rock song.

Guests will have the opportunity to share recollections and stories of Henry B. 

Free parking is available in Lot D-3 under the IH-35 bridge in unmarked spaces only. 

Map and directions - UTSA Downtown Campus

Event Flyer

For questions, please contact the College of Public Policy at (210) 458-2530 or email Michelle Skidmore at michelle.skidmore@utsa.edu

Thank you to all the UTSA support staff, College of Public Policy, Office for Community Services, Downtown Special Events, Anne Marie's Catering, Charlie Gonzalez and Gene Rodriguez, Dr. Francine Romero and the family of Henry B. Gonzalez for helping to make this event a success.

Town Hall Meeting on Road Congestion


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria, (BV 1.328) Time: 7:30 PM

UTSA, the San Antonio Express-News, and Time Warner Cable News will host a town hall meeting about San Antonio’s growing traffic congestion at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 in the Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

As the region’s population grows, traffic problems grow with it. What can policy makers do to ease the pain?

Four panelists will address the topic at a 90-minute forum. They include Jeff Arndt, president and CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit; Leon Valley Mayor Chris Riley; San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldana; and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff.  Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the College of Public Policy Dr. Francine Romero will moderate.

Free event parking will be available in unmarked spaces of lot D-3, beneath the IH-35 bridge. Tickets are required for entry to the town hall meeting. To reserve your free tickets, visit www.mySA.com/townhall and click on the image.   Seating is limited.

The San Antonio Express-News will collect questions from the audience in advance of the start of the event. Please come early to fill out a Q&A card if you would like to submit a question.

Time Warner Cable News will air a live broadcast of the town hall meeting. To view the program online, visit http://www.twcnews.com/tx/san-antonio.html and click on the “Watch Live” tab.

Source: UTSA Today

Demography Lecture Series


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Monterrey Bldg., MNT 3.240 Time: 12:00 PM

Dr. Enrique Aleman, Professor and Department Chair of the UTSA Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, will discuss Mexican American histories of violence, trauma and unequal education in South Texas.  

In October 1956, student, parents, teachers and administrators from Driscoll, Texas, participated in a landmark school desegregation court case, Hernandez et al. v. Driscoll CISD.  In this case, the district was accused of, and ultimately found at fault for, racially discriminating against its Mexican-American students.  The students and parents who testified on that day showed bravery and a belief in the U.S. judicial system.  Unfortunately, the story of Hernandez has gone acknowledged and the stories of those that lived through these schooling experiences forgotten.  One of the eight children to testify that day against the Driscoll CISD was Lupita Aleman, mother of Dr. Enrique Aleman, Jr.  Although he never had the chance to hear the whole story directly from her, Aleman decided to research the case and to document the stories and experiences of those who lived and persevered.  The purpose of this presentation is to not only share results from Aleman's study of this case and collection of oral histories from over 30 participants, but to discuss policy options for addressing the unequal schooling conditions that Mexican-American and Latina/o students face today.

3MT Finals Competition


Location: UTSA Main Campus, University Center, Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) Time: 1:00 PM

Graduate Student Appreciation Week


Location: UTSA Main and Downtown Campuses All day

Federal Week


Location: UTSA Main Campus, University Career Center Time: 3:00 PM

Latino Vote Summit


Location: UTSA Main Campus, H-E-B University Center Ballrooms 1 & 2 Time: 11:00 AM

The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project will hold a non-partisan "Get Out The Vote" Rally on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.  The purpose of the rally is to raise awareness about the importance of the Latino(a) vote in the Republican and Democratic Primaries and Caucuses as well as to mobilize millennials to register and vote.  The event will take place at UTSA's main campus in the H-E-B University Center's Ballrooms 1 & 2.  

Invited Presidential, Congressional and State Candidates include Mr. Rocky De La Fuente, Democratic Presidential Candidate; Hon. Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilman; Dr. Ben Carson; Senator Ted Cruz; Governor John Kasich; Senator Marco Rubio.

Confirmed guests include Ms. America Ferrera, Actress and Star of “Superstore” and “Ugly Betty”; Ms. Illena Gonzalez, UTSA Student Body President, Student Government Association; Dr. Lee Keene, Congressional Candidate CD23; Hon. Jose Menendez, State Senator, (I) SD26 and Vice-Chair Senate Hispanic Caucus; Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, Dean of the College of Public Policy.

A voter registration drive and early voting will be conducted on site.

As a reminder, the last day to early vote for the March 1 Texas Primary is Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.  UTSA’s main campus will have early voting available at the Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Building, 1.100.

Locations near the Downtown Campus will have early voting available at the following locations:

• Bexar County Elections Department 1103 S. Frio St.

• Bexar County Justice Center, 300 Dolorosa

To confirm attendance at the rally tomorrow, click here: http://svrep.org/summit-2016-texas.php

A Latino Leaders and Activists reception to follow at Espana Bar de Tapas on 5638 Housman Rd.  from 6pm - 8pm. RSVP 



Location: UTSA Main Campus, HUC Ballroom Time: 9:00 AM

March Into Your Major


Location: UTSA Main Campus, HUC Ballroom Time: 10:00 AM

COPP Academic Pursuit Day


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Southwest Room (DB 1.124) Time: 10:00 AM

Register here

Graduate Research Showcase


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Monterrey Bldg., (MNT 2.250) Time: 12:00 PM

Careers in Politics Conference


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207 All day

Registration: $25.00 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, conference materials, and an invitation to our exclusive post-conference networking event.

Register here

Group Discounts: Want to bring your school organization or students from your class?  Email H.Drew Galloway for more information.

Scholarships: Full registration scholarships are available. Application now open: Apply by Friday, February 26th!

Speakers and agenda to be announced soon!  

Questions?  contact H. Drew Galloway, New Politics Forum Program Coordinator at drew.galloway@austin.utexas.edu or call (512) 232-9439.

Demography Lecture Series


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Monterrey Bldg., MNT 2.250 Time: 12:00 PM

Dr. Ellison will speak about the Religion-Demography Nexus:  Recent Developments and Future Directions.  Dr. Ellison holds a B.A. in Religion (1982) and a PH.D. in Sociology (1991) both from Duke University.  His research centers on several main issues:  the implications of religion and spirituality for mental and physical health and mortality risk; religious variations in family life; the role of religious institutions, practices, and values among racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S.; the influence of religious factors on political attitudes and policy preferences; and public opinion surrounding issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the contemporary United States.

“African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs”


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg (BV 1.326) Time: 5:30 PM

Iris Carlton-LaNey, Ph.D. has over 35 years of social work teaching experience.  She has published over 70 articles and book chapters and has several books to her credit.  Her professional interests include social welfare history (especially African-Americans and the Progressive Era) and rural elderly African-American women and social support.  Carlton-LaNey has received several awards for her work, including the Feminist Scholar Honoree recognition from the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women; the Sisters of the Academy (SOTA) Legacy Award; the Distinguished Achievement in Social Work Education Award; and UNC-Chapel Hill's Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction.

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series features scholars and policy analysts on a variety of major issues affecting the community, the nation and the world.  Events are free and open to the public.  Join the conversation at #policyutsa or @policyutsa.  Map and directions available here:  http://www.utsa.edu/visit/downtown-campus.html

2016 Study Abroad to Spain Informational Mtg


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, BV 1.322 - Community Room (corner room in front of theater) Time: 12:00 PM

For questions, please contact Roger Enriquez, J.D., roger.enriquez@utsa.edu

Volunteer Fair


Location: UTSA Main Campus, University Center Retama Galleria Time: 10:00 AM

For more information, visit http://utsa.edu/engaged

Enhancing Research Through Public Policy


Location: UTSA Main Campus, John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22) Time: 10:00 AM

UTSA Public Policy Research Series


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Southwest Room (DB 1.124A) Time: 12:00 PM

PAD Alumni Mixer


Location: Pico De Gallo Time: 7:00 AM

DDLS Debrief


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg. Meeting Assembly Room (BV 1.338) Time: 7:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Location: all campuses All day

Spring 2016 classes begin


Location: Main and Downtown Campuses All day

Social Work Orientation


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg. Southwest Room (DB 1.124) Time: 9:00 AM

Social Work Orientation


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg. Southwest Room (DB 1.124) Time: 8:00 AM

Research Networking


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Time: 11:00 AM

Alpha Phi Sigma Toy Drive


Location: UTSA Main and Downtown Campuses All day

The Criminal Justice National Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma and UTSA Police Department will sponsor a toy drive.  Join them by donating new, unopened toys as well as items on the holiday wish list to benefit the Battered Women & Children's Shelter here in San Antonio.  

Boxes will be placed at the following locations:  

  • Outside of the UTSA Police Department offices at both the main and downtown campuses and 
  • The Department of Criminal Justice located in Durango Bldg. Room 4.112 of the UTSA Downtown Campus

Here are some other items you can donate on the wish list for the shelter:

Items for children:

Any toy except guns/violent toys to include:

Educational Board Games or puzzles

Legos/building blocks

New stuffed animals

Nerf footballs/basketballs

Battery operated cars/trucks


For babies:


Soppy cups

Baby bottles and bottle brushes

Baby bath sets/w Combs and brushes

For Moms:

Gift cards (Heb, Wal-Mart, Target, Starbucks)



Foot spa

Watches/costume jewelry

Prepaid calling cards

Perfume/bath gel

Ethnic hair products

Bed in a bag

DVD movies (PG or G only)

The UTSA PD and the Family Prevention team ask for the following as well:


Gift cards (for clothing and grocery stores)

Robes and slippers


Costume jewelry

Flat irons

Blow dryers

Dinner certificates/gift cards


Bath gel

Prepaid calling cards

Ethnic hair products

Gas/bus cards

For questions, contact Jason Buikema at 210-379-3753 or email jbuik4@gmail.com

WCVI Media Briefing


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg., Southwest Room (DB 1.124) Time: 8:30 AM

William C. Valasquez Institute 30th Anniversary - Media Briefing


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Building, Southwest Room (DB 1.124) Time: 11:00 AM

UTSA vs. Rice


Location: Alamodome Time: 6:00 PM

COPP Graduate Programs Open House


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, BV 1.338 Time: 2:00 PM

Please register here: https://goo.gl/fGJvuk to RSVP.

SGA Open Forum


Location: Durango Building Lounge Area (across from the Office of Student Activities) Time: 5:00 PM

Department of Public Administration Fall Social


Location: Durango Bldg., Southwest Room (DB 1.124) Time: 4:00 PM

Archer Graduate Summer Program in Public Policy application deadline


Location: All day

The Decade of Downtown


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Bldg., Theater (BV 1.326) Time: 7:00 PM

For more information, please visit UTSA Today 

Event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.  You can reserve your tickets here

Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Audrey Singer, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Monterrey (MNT) Bldg., Room 2.250 Time: 12:00 PM

College of Public Policy Advisory Council Alumni Social


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus Frio St. Building Terrace Time: 5:00 PM

College of Public Policy Advisory Council and Alumni social gathering 

Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy Info Session


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, DB 4.211 Time: 3:30 PM

Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy Info Session


Location: UTSA Main Campus, JPL 4.04.08E Time: 10:30 AM

Federal Week Employer Information Sessions


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus,Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406) Time: 5:30 PM

RSVP on RowdyJobs by selecting "Career Fair and Events"  For more information, contact the University Career Center (210) 458-2910

March Into Your Major


Location: UTSA 1604 campus, HEB UC Ballroom Time: 10:00 AM

Latino Leadership Conference


Location: Institute for Texan Cultures, UTSA Hemisfair Park Campus, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Time: 8:00 AM

For more information, please visit:  http://copp.utsa.edu/news/national-diversity-counc...

The Graduate Fair


Location: UTSA Main Campus, University Center, Retama Galleria Time: 10:00 AM

Policy Studies Center Open House


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, BV 4.304 Time: 5:00 PM

Fall 2015 Commencement


Location: Time: 2:00 PM

Full Commencement Schedule:

UTSA Civic Engagement Conference


Location: UTSA 1604 Campus, University Center, Denman Ballroom Time: 9:00 AM

The 2015 Civic Engagement Conference recognizes the myriad of efforts by the UTSA faculty, staff and students to respond to needs in the community and make a difference.  Peter Levine, Ph.D., will give the keynote address, and the Honorable Ron Nirenberg, District 8 Councilman, will present during one of the breakout session.  Click here to register and see the full schedule of events and list of speakers.  For more information, visit http://www.utsa.edu/community/cce; contact Brian Halderman at brian.halderman@utsa.edu; or call (210) 458-2658.

Alpha Phi Sigma host Criminal Justice & Criminology Graduate Program Recruitment Event


Location: UTSA, Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg. 1.116 Time: 4:45 PM

“White Bound:  Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race”


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria (BV 1.328) Time: 5:30 PM

Matthew W. Hughey, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Faculty in both the Africana Studies Institute and the American Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. A scholar of race, racism, and racial inequality, Professor Hughey examines: (1) white racial identity formation; (2) racialized organizations; (3) mass media racial representations; (4) public and political engagements with race, and; (5) advocacy and engagement with racism and discrimination.

Professor Hughey’s scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as The ANNALS of the American Academy of Social and Political Science; American Behavioral Scientist; Social Problems; Social Psychology Quarterly; Symbolic Interaction; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; The Sociological Quarterly; Contexts; Law & Social Inquiry;          Du Bois Review; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Ethnicities and; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

He is the author or several books, including The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption (Temple University Press, 2014), The Wrongs of the Right: Race, Language, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama (New York University Press, 2014), The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America? (Oxford University Press, 2011), and White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press, 2012).

He serves on the editorial boards for Social Problems, Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Humanity & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and he is a co-founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—the first race-related, official journal of the American Sociological Association.

In 2014, Professor Hughey was awarded the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. 

Event is free and open to the public.  Free parking available under the I-H 35 bridge in Lot D-3.  For more information, contact Michelle Skidmore at (210) 458-3213.

Career and Internship Networking


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg. Meeting Assembly Room (BV 1.338) Time: 3:30 PM

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, The College of Public Policy and University Career Center hosted a Career and Internship Networking Event.  The event was a huge success.  A number of representatives from local, non-profit and government organizations met with College of Public Policy students and provided career advice and helped them to explore opportunities in their areas of study.  Many of the students felt that this event was truly engaging and served as a platform for networking with employers.  The College of Public Policy and University Career Center would like to thank all of the employers who came to present information that will help in meeting students' academic and career goals.

COPP undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to connect with employers and community organizations and develop professional networks and get an edge in their career.  Employers and alumni in the industry will have the opportunity to share their expertise and offer career advice.  Light refreshments are available.

If you are a student, please download student flyer for RSVP instructions.

Student flyer

Employer and agency flyer

List of agencies attending: