Lara Crouch, UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives
Rowdy’s College Information Advocates: Engaging Students to Reach Higher Mesquite Room: UC 2.01.24
The Institute forP-20 Initiatives’ inaugural group of Rowdy’s College Information Advocates (CIA) was formed in the fall 2017. Rowdy’s CIA are UTSA students who assist with outreach programs for elementary and middle school students. The staff and UTSA students will share what Rowdy’s CIA do, evaluations from outreach events, and why the outreach to elementary and middle school students now is important to our community in creating the engaged citizens of tomorrow.
The audience will understand why university tours and outreach events are important to grade school students to create a college-going culture and to begin stressing the importance of becoming engaged with their communities. The CIA will describe why the choose to participate and the impact the volunteer group has had on them as UTSA students.
Using Mindfulness for Change | A Thoughtful Approach to Community Engagement
Mesquite Room: UC 2.01.24
Key benefits of practicing and utilizing mindfulness in community engagement design:
1. Deepened consciousness of values, racial/cultural and related identity(ies)
2. Ability to hold opposing points of view without having to reconcile them.
3. Willingness and capacity to engage deeply with others who are different.