2017 Civic Engagement Summit participants pose at a photo booth.

About the Event

The Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been nationally recognized for its dynamic and noteworthy community outreach efforts in San Antonio and its impact on the global community through teaching and research, public service, volunteerism, civic partnerships and economic development. To create an open forum for the community to share ideas and perspectives on civic engagement, the Center is hosting the 3rd Annual Civic Engagement Summit on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The theme of the summit is Exploring the Civic Identity of San Antonio.

This year’s theme ties in well with the exciting transition happening, both in our city and our university. It is the perfect time to reimagine the University and the city that we want to shape together with civic engagement as a mutual core value. We anticipate this summit to spark conversations that inspire and motivate civic participation in San Antonio.

This summit is free and open to the public. The day-long event includes a student community engagement poster contest, workshops, breakout sessions and a luncheon.

Submit a Poster

Brandi Raschke receives first place on behalf of her department’s project United to Serve at UTSA.

Our summit allows UTSA to showcase Roadrunner community impact. UTSA students, student organizations, staff and faculty are invited to submit a poster. We are looking for a program/project/research initiative that highlights a significant community impact.

We will host our official poster contest session and paleta social (Mexican-style popsicles) at 1:00 PM at the HEB UC Ballroom 2, where posters will be judged by participants and designated judges for amazing prizes!

Submissions only require a brief 250-word description and 3-5 high quality photos. The Center will take care of design the layout of the poster for you. For those who desire to support with the printing cost of the poster a donation is encouraged.

Click here to see a sample poster)

Submit a Workshop Proposal

In the 2017 Civic Engagement Summit, MOVE San Antonio facilitated a workshop on community organizing and different types of public action.

In the 2017 Civic Engagement Summit, MOVE San Antonio facilitated a great workshop on community activism and different types of public action. Our summit is a place of learning where individuals can share best practices, learn new skills or simply share great ideas. We have up to 10 workshop spaces throughout the day and we’re interested in presentations that build on our theme “Exploring the Civic Identity of San Antonio.” These presentations could be highlighting community-based research projects, impactful service-learning or community service projects, community activism or other elements of civic engagement.

We welcome submissions from UTSA students, faculty and staff, and also welcome outside organizations and individuals to submit proposals. We look forward to reviewing submissions.

Deadline to submit is Friday, January 12, 2018.




 Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m.  Opening Panel ( H-E-B UC Ballroom 2)

Topic – Shaping the Civic Identity of San Antonio

H. Drew Galloway, Executive Director, MOVE San Antonio
Robert Rivard, Founder and Publisher, Rivard Report
Sean Kelly, Dean of the Honors College, UTSA











10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.  Lunch & Keynote Speaker (H-E-B UC Ballroom 2)

Dennis E. Noll, CEO, San Antonio Area Foundation

Keynote Address – San Antonio: A Story of Innovation by Dennis E. Noll

The Center for Civic Engagement is delighted to have Dennis E. Noll, CEO of the San Antonio Area Foundation as the keynote speaker for this event. Noll currently serves as chief executive officer of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and has served in an executive leadership capacity since joining the organization in 2011.

Prior to this, Noll served as senior vice president and general counsel of Kinetic Concepts, Inc., also known as KCI. He retired from the company in 2007 after serving 15 years. Before joining KCI, Noll was a partner at Cox Smith, where he chaired the firm’s Corporate and Securities Department for six years.

Noll, who earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1980, has served on the boards of
more than a dozen charities and two private foundations over the past 25 years.

He is an active member of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, and has been married to Martie Noll for 30 years.
The couple has two children, Tom and Emily; daughter-in-law, Penelope; son-in-law Ricky; and two beautiful
grandchildren, Clara and Theodore.


1:00 p.m. Poster Session and Awards Ceremony (HEB UC Ballroom Hallway)

Join us for the impressive showcase of Roadrunner community impact and service. UTSA students, faculty, staff and community partners will be displaying a poster that highlights a community program, research or project. All summit participants are invited to vote for their favorite project. To conclude this showcase, an awards ceremony will be held in which the the top three places will receive cash awards and certificates. Participants who vote will also receive a free paleta (Mexican ice cream bar). Don’t miss out!

2:30 p.m. Special Faculty Session

Topic – Service and Beyond: Creating a Civically Engaged Classroom

We invite all faculty from UTSA and other local colleges and universities to participate in this unique conversation about service-learning and civic engagement in the classroom.



Thank you to our collaborators for making this event possible.

Alumni Association –  College of Public PolicyHonors CollegeInstitute for P-20 InitiativesFaculty CenterStudent Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

College of Engineering Student Success CenterStudent Leadership CenterInstitute for Texan Cultures


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