Announcement & News
Housing activists from San Antonio and a social equity scholar from Texas State University led a conversation about "Gentrification" at Dialogues for Activism, Friday (6/22/18) at 9:00 a.m. at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos.
The dialogue on "Gentrification" was moderated by San Marcos activist Tomas de Leon. The session was emceed by Diann McCabe. The panel featured housing activists Marlon Davis and Salena Santibañez, and equity scholar Dr. Shetay N. Ashford.
Jo Ann Carson, coordinator of the Texas State University Philosophy Dialogue program, facilitated a deliberative dialogue on "Equitable Housing."
"Diverse and affordable housing has been a topic of conversation in the context of Code SMTX in council chambers this year as the San Marcos median home price surpassed $150,000 in 2016. Eight years ago, the median home price in San Marcos was $121,700, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At the same time, the median household income in 2016 was an estimated $30,985.
“We must do better,” said San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides.
"In 2014, the city adopted its affordable/workforce housing policy that included goals such as increasing the homeownership rate, encouraging the creation of a diverse housing stock, reducing builder costs for owner-occupied housing and encouraging infill development in existing neighborhoods." (Community Impact Newspaper 3/29/2018)
The San Marcos web page on Fair Housing identifies needs for affordable housing and more public knowledge about Fair Housing.
And Austin recently had a task force on institutional racism and systemic inequalities, which issued recommendations for dealing with gentrification:
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2018- Our Counter-Life Herstories Conference: Illuminating Hidden Truths about Women and Girls of Color
During this one-day storytelling conference, four women of color, employed at multinational high-tech corporations in Central Texas, will share their stories (TED Talk style) to an audience of K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students from local school districts, colleges, and universities. Our vision is to encourage girls and women of color to pursue STEM careers by illuminating the life stories of women who have persisted in male-dominated professions.
To register go to: https://goo.gl/nsSwCF
Welcoming & Interpretive Dance
Counter-Life Herstory #1
Counter-Life Herstory #2
Counter-Life Herstory #3
Counter-Life Herstory #4
Picnic Lunch in LBJ Amphitheater with Live DJ
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Dr. Shetay Ashford
Chapter IW (Horseshoe Bay) of the P.E.O. Sisterhood has awarded three $1,500 grants to Texas State graduate students through its Program for Continuing Education. P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization, and its mission is to support educational opportunities for women. The Program for Continuing Education provides need-based grants to women whose education has been interrupted (at least 2 years as a non-student) and who return to school to complete a degree that improves their marketable skills for employment. This is the first time students from Texas State have applied for and received these grants. The three recipients are as follows:
Monica Swift – OWLS
Jane Heffelfinger – History
Dana Minney – Family & Child Studies
Congratulations to these students and thank you to Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, research coordinator in The Graduate College, for working with these students!
Jessica Ramos-Karmaker is a graduate student at the Round Rock Campus who has been selected as a member of the Graduate House of Representatives. This is a wonderful honor for her, and she has expressed her excitement at bringing ideas and feedback from Round Rock graduate students.
Since the MSIS and MEd degrees in the OWLS department can be completed in Round Rock, if you have any feedback for her and the Grad House, you can contact her via email at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a suggestion box in the Student Services office in the Avery Building should graduate students prefer to leave anonymous suggestions for Jessica.
Dr. Shetay Ashford, assistant professor in Texas State’s Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies, received a $299,536 grant from the National Science Foundation INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program. Her research team will develop a collaborative project to prepare historically underrepresented youth to pursue undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. Under the Association of Collaborative Communities Equipping Youth for STEM Success program, Dr. Ashford will work with San Marcos-based nonprofits, churches, schools, city offices, and organizations to implement a culturally relevant learning model.
With his work at Texas State University with minority males and his lecturer appointment within the OWLS department, Dr. Michael E. Nava has been invited to be a part of the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) Research Institute as a Faculty and Research Affiliate.
He has been involved with Project MALES since 2010 when he worked at UT-Austin within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. He helped to design and develop the program as well as their initial research agenda. His association as an Honorary Co-Founder has kept him connected with Project MALES during his time here at Texas State University; including gaining institutional membership for Texas State University into the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. Just recently, he was also asked to be a member of the Consortium's Advisory Council.
#ReclaimDunbar community engaged project (See attachment), which supports an effort to form a Dunbar Arts, Cultural, and Innovation District in San Marcos. This effort was birth out of Dr. Shetay Ashford's participation in a community-driven effort to restore the old First Baptist Church NBC (i.e., Historic First Baptist Church Restoration Project
Community Impact News: https://communityimpact.com/austin/san-marcos-buda-kyle/arts-entertainment/2018/05/01/historically-black-dunbar-neighborhood-in-san-marcos-looks-to-turn-into-official-cultural-district/
By Jack McClellan
Office of Media Relations
February 28, 2018
SAN MARCOS – College Credit for Heroes has awarded Texas State University more than $240,000 for Accelerate Texas State, a program designed to offer veterans and service members alternative, accelerated and affordable pathways toward earning a degree.
College Credit for Heroes is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to ensure active duty, former and retired military personnel receive credit for experience earned through their service to the United States.
Accelerate Texas State will use the award to develop five new courses and recruit 20 veterans to complete prior learning assessments (PLA). PLA will be applied to accelerate a veteran’s ability to earn college credit for workforce learning (24 hours credit hours) or non-collegiate training (30 credit hours), and re-entry into the workforce. Disciplines offered by the program include athletics, business, criminal justice, engineering technology, geography information systems, health care administration, human resource development, occupational therapy, real estate and social services.
Accelerate Texas State is led by Todd Sherron in the department of occupational, workforce and leadership studies at Texas State. Through the prior learning assessment tests, students can earn up to 30 hours of college credit for non-collegiate training and 24 hours of work-life learning credit, which can be applied to a bachelor of applied arts and science degree.
This is the second time Accelerate Texas State has partnered with College Credit for Heroes. The program is currently finishing a project for which it received $145,000 in 2016.http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2018/February-2018/Accelerate022818.html
Dr. Omar Lopez
The Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies announces a new course for spring 2019 titled, Civic Engagement as Global Citizenship. Students will engage in innovative approaches to learning about community-based issues within the context of global citizenship. After completing the course, students will be able to understand civic issues from different frames (e.g., social, economic, political, etc.), assess a civic issue to propose alternative interventions, and extend an issue to regional, state, national, and global levels.
For further information, please contact Dr. Omar S. Lopez, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies via email OL14@txstate.edu.
Texas State’s partnership with College Credit for Heroes is giving service members the ability to earn college credit for skills learned in the military.
The program, created by the Texas Legislature in 2011, accelerates the rate at which military members obtain their college degree, workforce certificate or licensing program. Texas State offers the ability to gain up to 30 credit hours from non-collegiate training and 24 hours of work-life credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Arts and sciences degree. Paths include various disciplines ranging from engineering technology to social services.
Todd Sherron, coordinator for Prior Learning Assessment Program, a competency-based portfolio builder, said the program at Texas State is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission. This allows the school to pay participants for prior learning assessments or internships.
“College-level learning can take place in a lot of different places and it does not have to be in a classroom or even in a university,” Sherron said. “These veterans have thousands of hours of military training as well as years of experience of working and doing their job. It makes no sense to put this type of person through traditional programs.”
The program has space for up to 40 students but only 19 have participated since 2016. The average student age is 36 years old, according to Sherron.
David Beadle, alumnus of the program, said ensuring service members receive a degree in a timely manner is essential.
“(The program) is a benefit many veterans need in order to help assist them in achieving their goals and finishing school,” Beadle said. “I have already recommended several others to look into the program.”
Brigitte Flynt, program director at College Credit for Heroes, said the program began after the Iraq War. Service members wanted to enter the workforce with new careers but were held back by not having a degree or certification.
“The program is very popular with over 40,500 evaluation requests because military members can get into the civilian workforce faster,” Flynt said. “Their degrees are completed sooner because they get the military credit. It’s a win-win for the students.”
For admittance into the program, students must request an evaluation of military education and workforce experience at collegecreditforheroes.org. Texas State requires an online information session before students can meet with an academic advisor following an acceptance to the university.