Student Support

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

ATE supports Latino/Hispanic and other ethnically diverse students to overcome financial, psycho-social and institutional barriers. These obstacles have traditionally hindered full participation in higher education, but ATE provides services to decrease the effects and support students in succeeding in their higher education. ATE supports students at all levels of their education.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Teacher Academy Learning Community (TALC)

TALC is designed to support pre-service teachers as they prepare to enter the classroom. TALC is committed to supporting members as they face the academic, emotional, and psycho-social challenges that may occur while they are completing their college education. Lear more here.

 

The Academy for Teacher Excellence Scholarship

The Long Foundation has contributed 79 scholarships to student teachers at UTSA’s COEHD through ATE.  The Long Foundation’s contributions have supported ATE’s mission of preparing and retaining culturally efficacious teachers who in return will meet the needs of the diverse San Antonio area student population. This contributed to the overall donation amount for the establishment of the ATE Endowment fund, which was matched 100% by federal funds. For more information on how to apply, visit the College of Education and Human Development scholarship page.

 

Transition Series

This series of workshops is designed to assist incoming freshmen and transfer students with their transition to UTSA and provide them with the tools and knowledge to make academic success a reality. Workshops are held throughout the semester and all undergraduate students are invited to attend. ATE partners with departments across UTSA to provide these workshops including the Tomás Rivera Center, UTSA Career Services, and the UTSA Library. Session topics include UTSA 101, Getting Involved, Career Services, Strengths Quest, Technology for Success, Organization and Productivity, plus more! Click here to view a list of current workshops.

 

Academic Allies

This mentoring program aims to facilitate mentoring relationships and purposely position participants in fluid, recursive roles departing from the view of mentoring as a novice-expert relationship. Undergraduate students are partnered with Graduate students and alumni to receive and provide support. Students interested in participating in the Academic Allies program should contact Veronica Luna at veronica.luna@utsa.edu

 

Career Transition Guidance

Participants receive psychosocial support to help them make the transition to teaching. Career Transition Guides (CTG) use the LIBRE Model to work with participants to help them navigate through the psychosocial phases of teaching and problem solve the challenges they are facing in their classrooms and in their personal lives. The goal is to affirm and empower self-efficacy skills needed to consciously manage the processing of concerns and problems as they arise. Visit the CTG page of the website for more information regarding the CTG services.

 

Service Learning Opportunities

ATE provides undergraduate students from both UTSA and Community Colleges the opportunity to connect with their communities through service learning opportunities. Service learning provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience working with Hispanic students and provides greater exposure to Hispanic communities. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to serve as mentors to students participating in the La Clase Mágica Informal Learning clubs. Learn more about the opportunities available in the LCM Informal Learning clubs by visiting the LCM Informal Learning Clubs page of the website.

 

PREPARATION FOR COLLEGE

LCM

La Clase Mágica Informal Learning Clubs

ATE partners with districts across San Antonio to establish informal learning clubs at elementary and middle school campuses. The clubs include:

The LCM Informal Learning clubs provide Hispanic students with opportunities to live and experience STEM related activities that increase their interest in the STEM areas and higher education and promote 21st Century Skills. Learn more about these clubs by visiting the LCM Informal Learning Clubs page of the website.

 

College Bridging Institute

Open to all 9th – 12th graders, this event provides various half-day workshops to assist students on their way to college. The sessions include topics such as financial aid, choosing a career and major, picking the right university, time management, and life as an undergraduate. 

 

Communidades Unidas Para la Educación (CUPE)

CUPE is an interdisciplinary program that works with families from PreK-12 and provides them with knowledge regarding college access and strategies to obtain that home and school connection.