About the Event

2018 Center for Civic Engagement Staff

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.

 Breakout Sessions

In the 2018, City of San Antonio facilitated a breakout session.Their SA Speak Up Project helps get the voices of the community involved in the San Antonio budget.

The Civic Engagement Summit provides an open forum for the community to share ideas and perspectives on civic engagement.  Individuals can share best practices, learn new skills or simply share great ideas.  This year, workshops will build on the theme “Exploring the Civic Identity of San Antonio,” and they will highlight community-based research projects, impactful service-learning and community service projects, as well as community activism and other elements of civic engagement.

There will be 5 simultaneous sessions between 10:15 – 11:15 AM in the following locations inside the Student Union (previously known as the University Center [UC] and the HEB University Center [HUC]):

Rosalyn Collier, San Antonio peaceCENTER
Joining the Compassion Movement in San Antonio
Bexar Room: HEB UC 1.102

Lara Crouch, UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives
Rowdy’s College Information Advocates: Engaging Students to Reach Higher
and Jeanette Honermann, JMH Collaborative
Using Mindfulness for Change | A Thoughtful Approach to Community Engagement
Mesquite Room: UC 2.01.24

Laura Elizabeth Mayes & Megan Dodge, City of San Antonio
Taking City Hall to the People
Travis Room: HEB UC 2.202

Viridiana Carrizales, ImmSchools
Supporting the Undocumented Community through Civic Engagement
Harris Room: HEB UC 2.212

Jose Alberto Gomez, Cityflag
Civic Tech: Using Design Thinking to Transform Civic Engagement
Hidalgo Room: HEB UC 2.214

Poster Contest Session and Paleta Social 

Civic Leadership Academy won 1st place!

Our summit allows UTSA to showcase Roadrunner community impact.  Posters on display feature a program/project/research initiative that highlights a significant community impact made by UTSA students, student organizations, staff and faculty.  Come vote for your favorite on Thursday, February 8th between 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the HUC University Center Ballroom Galleria.

The official poster contest session and paleta social (Mexican-style popsicles) is at 1:00 PM at the HEB University Center Ballroom Galleria.  Your voting ballot is your ticket to a free paleta!  

2018 Civic Engagement Poster Winners:

3rd place: Civil rights & Social Justice Experience

2nd place: Pre-dental Society at UTSA

1st place: Civic Leadership Academy

 Schedule of Events

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

10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

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
Harriet Dominique, Senior Vice President, USAA

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

Dennis E. Noll, former 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, former CEO of the San Antonio Area Foundation as the keynote speaker for this event. Noll 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 (Bexar Room HUC 1.102)

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.


Patricia Jaramillo, Lecturer, Public Administration and Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars Member

Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development

Sue Ann Pemberton, Asst. Professor in Practice, Architecture & Construction Science

Francine Romero, Associate Dean, College of Public Policy


Mary Dixson, Associate Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning Center

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

College of Engineering Student Success Center College of Public Policy – Institute for P-20 Initiatives – Institute for Texan Cultures – UTSA Office of the President – UTSA Student Leadership Center 

Thank you to our additional collaborators.

UTSA Alumni Association –  Honors College – Faculty CenterStudent Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion

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