Service Learning in San Antonio: Bi-monthly Panels on Best Experiences

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A Panel Series Sponsored by the Service Learning Intercollegiate Collaborative, SLIC, in San Antonio, Texas. The last of our series for the 2023-4 Academic year is March 21. Thursday,  12 noon – 1 pm. 

Join with faculty, staff, and students in San Antonio colleges and universities considering our best experiences with Service Learning. Bi-monthly panels with persons of different institution. These build on the experience of SLIC which began in San Antonio in 2001. We are co-creating our "City of Compassion" and furthering justice and peace.  You are encouraged to gather people from your own institution for lunch together, participate in the zoom session, and then stay back to consider activities with your campus.    

March 21. Thursday,  12 noon – 1 pm. - Dr. Melanie Stone and Jacqueline Tovar of  UT Health Home - Medical Humanities ( will present on  their Community Service Learning program which gives students and faculty incentives for projects and showcases these in their annual conference. 

For the fourth year at St. Philip's College Professor Andrew Hill is leading students in a program that is giving a model for our country which often seems polarized. "The Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP) is a consortium of five colleges and universities located throughout the United States. The mission of the ICDP is to advance fundamental democratic commitments to freedom of expression, equality, and agency; develop students’ skills to facilitate conversations across political difference..." This was initiated by Harvard University. Learn more  Migdalia Garcia, Director of the peaceCENTER at Northwest Vista College will announce the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Community Conversations  that have started in San Antonio to promote listening. 

Attorney Stephanie R. Harlien, the Director of Pro Bono Programs in the Center for Legal and Social Justice, a part of  St. Mary’s School of Law  will share on St. Mary’s Housing Hotline and some of the other work of the Center. 

Past: Sept. 12, 2023, Tuesday, Opening with Dr. Abel Chavez, President of OLLU which had the first Service-Learning Center in SA in 1997.  Moderator: Rev. Kelsey Penn, OLLU.

Panel presenters: From Texas A&M-San Antonio, Elisa Avila, Mays Center, will present on a recently published guide for instructors introducing the nuts and bolts of creating an experiential or service-learning course.  This guidebook functions not only as quick-start guide, but also to disseminate information about experiential learning and, most importantly, demystify the process while emphasizing best practice. The guidebook provides broad guidance while leaving the pedagogical and course content up to the course instructor.                                         

From Trinity University, Dr. Adrian Zapata, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning: Service Learning & Undergraduate Research. 

From University of the Incarnate Word, "Guatemala Solidarity" Dr. Beth Senne-Duff, Nutrition; Dr. Leticia Vargas, Medicine; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Religious Studies and Education,  Rafael Hoyle inviting to the Guatemalan Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu at UIW, Oct. 4.  See

Nov. 13, Monday

  • Dr. Steven Sano, Professor of UTSAEngaged at UTSA's Center for Civic & Community Engaged Leadership. 
  • Sabrina Hammel, Professor in Government, Chair of the Service Learning Committee, Northeast Lakeview College. 
  • Brian Halderman,  furthering service-learning in over 200 institutions of higher learning at the national and international level
  • Moderated by the UTSA Center for Civic & Community-Engaged Leadership

Jan. 17, 2024, Wednesday, Texas Lutheran University has organized the panel: Mayor of Seguin, TX – Mayor Donna Dodgen.    TLU President – Dr. Debbie Cottrell.  TLU Associate Vice President of Student Affairs – Dr. Malikah Harvey.   Students and community partners led by Dr. Pamela E. Ray, Director of Service Learning & Career Development                                                                                                                                                                 

Option: The people of each campus continue conversation.  They may be together in a room on their campus or they can have a zoom breakout room.  The zoom will continue until 1:30 for any who wish. 

To share in the panels, please write or call: Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word. Phone: 210-883-5934.  E-mail:

More details about content will be posted here and also sent out to those who register.  Please register now, save the dates, and encourage others to register.  Thank you. 

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