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February, 2011

The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Education
and Human Development has launched the Consortium for Social Transformation
to reaffirm its commitment of embracing multiculturalism and preparing
students to engage in a global environment.

A reception is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 23, on the UTSA Main Campus. The
event will be held in the University Room of the Business Building (BB
2.06.04) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The new consortium will house the university¹s ethnic and gender area
studies programs in African American Studies, Mexican American Studies and
Women¹s Studies.  The focus will be to strengthen the role and presence of
these existing programs, as well as aspiring programs at the university.

³Having strong ethnic and area studies programs supports the university¹s
strategic plan, UTSA 2016, and exemplifies the strategic plan¹s foundational
themes of promoting diversity, globalization and transformative leadership,²
said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The consortium grew out of the Provost¹s Inclusiveness Task Force, which in
2008-09 issued a report that ultimately led to centralizing these programs

³The idea behind all the programs in the consortium is that social equality
is directly related to educational equality,² said Betty Merchant, dean of
the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.  ³It¹s more than
cultural exchange; it¹s about fulfilling the need to educate more people in
our community.²

Since spring 2009, a smaller steering committee including some members from
the original task force have been working to draft a proposal and
memorandums of understanding for the Consortium of Social Transformation.

³I think the greatest gift of the consortium is the idea of sharing and
partnership,² said Marie ³Keta² Miranda, committee member and director of
UTSA Mexican American Studies.  ³The university administration is putting us
together so that we can share knowledge and resources, so that is growth at
a time when budgets are tightening in higher education.²

In fall 2010, 82 students at UTSA declared majors or minors in Mexican
American Studies, Women¹s Studies or African American Studies.  About 315
were enrolled in unique courses in those subjects for the fall 2010
semester, not including the numerous courses that are cross-listed with
other departments.

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider
of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked
third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for
Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in
professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness,
and bi-national and bicultural issues.


The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher
education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic
universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to
be a national research university providing access to educational excellence
and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 30,300 students in 65 bachelor¹s, 49 master¹s and 22
doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business,
Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts,
Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an
intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development
catalyst for Texas and beyond.  More information online at


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