SEE THIS https://video.klrn.org/video/living-in-my-skin-part-1-4tj5jf/
Dr. Jim C. Harrington
Watch Friday morning presentations at: https://youtu.be/wI6hQIq5TJk
Dr. Jim C. Harrington, an attorney and advocate, founded the Texas Civil Rights Project in 1990, having been inspired by and involved with the United Farm Workers’ movement in the Rio Grande Valley. He directed TCRP for twenty-five years, fighting for the rights of Texans with disabilities, immigrants, workers in need of fair labor conditions, and more.
As a young person Harrington was influenced by his faith and summers working with migrant farm workers in Michigan. He wanted to help the disadvantaged, so he entered the seminary. After eight years, he came to believe that he could help more by being an attorney than by being a priest. After getting a law degree, he moved to Texas and began working for the Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. With his education in social justice, he fought for worker's rights alongside Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Harrington had a reputation for taking on powerful adversaries, including the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas State Bar. He worked on a variety of cases, including civil rights, worker's rights, racial discrimination, as well as many cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Harrington was an adjunct law professor at University of Texas, popular with students who sought more than a theoretical perspective. Working with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, they secured farm workers' rights to sanitary facilities, toilets, and drinking water in the fields. They also secured unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, and the right to know about dangerous chemicals used in the workplace. They won a Texas ban on the use of the short-handled hoe, which went into effect in 1981.
Since retiring from being the director of the TCRP, Harrington has served at St. James' Episcopal Church in Austin directing Proyecto Santiago and was ordained to the priesthood. Listen to him reflect on stories “With Job, Harriet Tubman, and John Lewis on the 4th of July” At Trinity Church in Austin. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Y0uSfL02cCrDk07ZS8109mz1jxerfRvR/view?usp=sharing “Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates. Know that the truth always leads to love and the perpetuation of peace. Its products are never bitterness and strife. Clothe yourself in the work of love, in the revolutionary work of nonviolent resistance against evil. Anchor the eternity of love in your own soul and embed this planet with goodness. Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice. And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.” -- John Lewis with Brenda Jones, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America (Hachette Books: 2017, 2012), 208.
Co-leading the Morning Process of Transformation and sharing “Stories of La Llorona (the Woman Weeping) and the Truth about Race” Dr. Arturo Chavez
Dr. Arturo Chávez is nationally recognized for his efforts to combat racism and poverty, Catholic Charities USA recognized him as “…a national champion of the poor” with the 2010 “Keep the Dream Alive Award” in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Additionally, he served on President Obama’s Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This year Dr. Chavez began serving as the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the University of the Incarnate Word Mission and Ministry.
He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of MACC, the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas, where he began as a faculty member in 2000. He led the organization from a Cultural Center to a Catholic College that offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Pastoral Ministry.
Dr. Chávez has worked for over 28 years in a variety of ministries. As a teacher, youth minister, a chaplain to the incarcerated, and a community organizer. He founded a nonprofit youth organization called JOVEN and was instrumental in establishing other faith-based partnerships to address the urgent needs of families who are poor and disenfranchised. His commitment to community-based activism, education, and peace-building continues through his ministry as a teacher, facilitator, and international speaker.
Dr. Chávez holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Incarnate Word, a Masters degree from Oblate School of Theology of the Southwest, and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies, from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, with a focus on the relationship between religion and social change.
La Llorona SEE THIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1oQ9duIF-Y
The traditional stories of La Llorona will be explored to examine how the history of systemic racism continues to plague communities, especially those most affected by the COVID pandemic. What truths does this folk tale teach that can lead to personal transformation and systemic change?
Co-leading the Morning Process of Transformation and Relationship Building, Rev. Ann Helmke, City of San Antonio Faith Based Office Liaison
The Rev. Ann Helmke is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) minister who has been serving in San Antonio community for over 30 years. She has served in a congregational setting and is one of the co-founders of the San Antonio peaceCENTER 25 years ago, where she continues to serve in this all volunteer and interfaith organization as the animating director.
Ann also served for seven years as director of spiritual services at Haven for Hope, a San Antonio homeless transformational center. Since 2017, she has been serving as the "Faith Liaison" for the City of San Antonio in the Department of Human Services. In that role hundreds have been unified to work together in improving lives of families and communities most in need via relational coordination, intentional partnerships and network activation between the faith community, government agencies, nonprofits and community groups.
In her position as Faith Liaison, Rev. Helmke helps the City understand the concerns of its congregations and other faith-based groups, and vice versa. She explains that there are about 1,400 congregations in San Antonio of all kinds: Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Indigenous, and others.
Committed to community service and with the 25+ years of a committed core team with the San Antonio peaceCENTER, for last 10 years they have carefully nurtured within our grassroots the Charter for Compassion movement in San Antonio. In 2017 the Mayor and City Council officially declared San Antonio as a Compassionate City globally along with ~100 other cities by the signing into action of the Compassionate San Antonio Resolution.
Today that number of Compassionate Cities is near 450 to which San Antonio is a piloting leader in terms of the education of compassion as well as the policy and decision making of our civic leaders. Today the San Antonio peaceCENTER is doing-business-as Compassionate San Antonio to ensure that our Compassionate City survives and thrives beyond election cycles.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg's sharing with 30 Canadian mayors and city leaders is a glimpse of amazing compassionate action in the City of San Antonio and Rev. Helmke is a main organizer growing the SA Compassionate Institute.
Dr. Alfredo Ortiz Aragón and Dr. Arthur Hernandez of the UIW Dreeben School of Education are leading the "Health and Well-Being Project," a major grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The $229,000 grant is supporting the Community Participation in the Health and Wellbeing Project, a pilot project to support design, testing and evaluation of action research approaches that increase participation and strengthen existing community health and wellbeing efforts with target groups.
Dr. Ortiz is an action-researcher and designer / facilitator of organizational change processes, working in international and local development contexts for the last 18 years. He prioritizes critical reflection on how power relationships between people enable and constrain “desirable” and “feasible” change. He believes that increased awareness of the role all people play in including and excluding diverse ways of understanding and acting in the world can lead to new perspectives and increased inclusion of marginalized people, causes, ideas and ways of knowing. He recently co-authored Action Research, 5th edition, with Ernest T. Stringer. The book provides research that produces practical, effective, and sustainable outcomes to real-world problems.
Dr. Sandy L. Guzman Foster is the Sister Theophane Power Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor in the graduate studies department in the Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. She was recently became the UIW Moody Professor for 2021-2022, an honor for outstanding teaching, research, and excellence as a faculty member. Dr. Guzman Foster is a primary researcher on progress in the City of San Antonio efforts to be a Compassionate City and give models for other cities globally. See information on the growing Compassionate Institute and hear Mayor Ron Mayor Nirenberg speak to mayors and leaders of two dozen cities in North America on how we learn the discipline of compassion and work on it in our city on the fourth anniversary of the City Resolution. Dr. Guzman Foster is working on the case study that the mayor mentions.
She conducts workshops on topics related to critical reflection, the 3Ds (discussion, debate, and dialogue), inclusive education, equity, diversity, and social justice. She is a proponent of transformative learning education opportunities and is a strong believer in building bridges, not walls when it comes to racial, cultural, and interfaith understanding. She was recently invited to be on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Trauma Studies.
“The Truth of Disastrous Destruction of Creation, Transformation Through Embracing the Sustainable Development Goals” shared by Melinda Adams, Ben Miele, Judy Ruvuna, Ana Vallor, and moderated by Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, Director of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability
Dr. Doshie Piper is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of the Incarnate Word. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University. She also holds a Master’s of Science and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. A specialist in community corrections, Dr. Piper is particularly interested in the intersection of reintegration and faith community’s capacity to deal with reentry challenges.
Her teaching experience includes Drugs and Crime in Society; Women and Crime; Restorative Justice; Probation, Parole and Community Corrections and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice. Dr. Piper is interested in engaging students outside of the classroom. Her courses typically included a service learning component to expose students to the realities of justice work.
As a scholar Dr. Piper has engaged in numerous opportunities to publish. She has published An Empirical Analysis of Female Juvenile Offending from the National Youth Survey; Relationship Building in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Community Corrections; The Ethics of Gender and Family; The Female Thief; and Policing America’s Educational Systems in books, journals, and newspapers. Her research agenda has primarily been gender specific and responsive. She is currently researching gender in juvenile justice and schools.
Dr. Piper holds memberships with international, national, regional, and local criminal justice organizations. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Within both of these organizations she is part of various sections and divisions: Juvenile Justice Section; Minorities and Women Section; Restorative Justice and Community Justice Section; the Division of People of Color and Crime (DPCC) and Women and Crime.
Dr. Piper serves the community with membership to Source of Light (SOL) Center where she has been on Executive Committee. She also a part of: the San Antonio Sponsoring Committee; the San Antonio Police Department Recruitment and Training Advisory Board; Eastpoint Promise Prevention Coalition@ San Antonio Fighting Back and the San Branch of the NAACP. Additionally, she is a committee member on the Bexar County Faith Based Re-Entry Committee.
"Young Women’s Global Leadership Program- Facing and changing gender inequality one girl at a time" shared by Dr. Joan Labay Marquez, Erika Haskins, Linda Gjergji
See the presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXmhifKVne4
"Interfaith Peace Building: One Story at a Time" by Rev. Wyndee Holbrook and Dr. Dhawn Martin with Lisa Epstein, Damaris Cavazos Fike, and Fulya Seker
Rev. Wyndee E. Holbrook directs Interfaith San Antonio Alliance (ISAA) http://interfaithsaa.org/ and serves as the Pastor in Residence for Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. With a passion for people, she moved in 2017 to San Antonio from a lifetime in Kentucky to expand her world. The richness of San Antonio's diverse culture has provided ample opportunity for new awareness and friendships. ISAA participants represent Baha'i, Catholic and Protestant Christians, Hindu, Mandaean, Muslim and Sikh congregations coming together to foster relationships for the public good. The current ISAA Friendship Among Faith Leaders project is Interfaith Dinner Parties where 8 people of diverse faiths enjoy a meal together in an ISAA member's home. Additionally, ISAA has been promoting Affordable Housing as a civic engagement project since 2018.
Dhawn B. Martin is the Executive Director of the Source of Light (SoL) Centerhttps://upcsa.org/the-sol-center-of-san-antonio/ of San Antonio, an interfaith education and peace building center. Dhawn’s research interests focus on the intersections of faith commitments and political activism. She is co-editor of the volume, Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith and Justice for an Entangled World (Penn State University Press, 2019). Her publications include, “A Cosmopolitical Theology: Engaging ‘The Political’ as an Incarnational Field of Emergence,” in Common Goods: Economy, Ecology, and Political Theology and “A Provisional Politics: Reclaiming Grace at the Intersections of Religion and Politics,” Crosscurrents, 64, no. 3. She serves on the board of SACRD—San Antonio Community Resource Directory. Dhawn enjoys playing guitar, walking, and writing.
Lisa Epstein is the Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. The JCRC is the community outreach and public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and has worked as both a professor and a community advocate.
"Story and Forgiveness" with Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill
Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, Ph.D., FRSA, is a professor in the Department of English Literature and Language at St. Mary’s University, for which she also serves as the graduate program director.
Considering Refugees' and Immigrants' Stories presented by
Dr. Lopita Nath and Sister Adriana Calzada
"Storytelling for Social Justice: Helping Parents of Children with Disabilities Discover Services and Support through Action Research in San Antonio" shared by Jeff Neal, Kimberly Cox, Michelle Vasquez
"Stories of an Alternate Everyday World: The LGBTQ+ Experience" facilitated by William Anthony and Deborah Myers
"Seven rabbis from Montreal help us to support generosity at home" shared by Sharon Gubbay Helfer
Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer is a professional oral historian specializing in life stories and a researcher/practitioner in the area of difficult dialogues and listening skills. Following a PhD in Jewish Studies focusing on Montreal’s Reconstructionist Synagogue (Concordia U, Montreal), she carried out postdoctoral research in Jewish-Catholic dialogue at the Université de Montréal. She then worked on the major Oral History Centre project “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by Wars, Genocides and Other Human Rights Violations” (Concordia), where her work included creating a Palestinian Canadian Life Stories pilot project. Dr. Gubbay Helfer is a certified facilitator with the Compassionate Listening Project and with the Compassionate Integrity Training curriculum. She has offered Compassionate Listening workshops and Circles to participants in the US, Canada, Europe and Israel.
"Art a Lens to Reality, Art an Invitation to Transformation," Alejandro Abarca, Dr. Sean Cassidy, Theresa Newsome, and Elva Salinas, photographers
Born in Corpus Christi, raised in San Antonio. Alejandro Abarca's photography shows the injustice within America and uses photography to bring awareness to those afflicted by systematic injustice, as well as those suffering across the world. https://alejandroabarcacg.squarespace.com/
Stories of Transformation in Student's Service Learning Experiences and Clips & Captions by Lorena P. Cestou and Priscilla A. Salazar
Lorena P. Cestou is pursuing her PhD in Adult Education, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the University of the Incarnate Word. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6) and her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education at Texas A&M International University. She is the current Graduate Research Assistant for the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability and serves as a board member for the Texas chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education.
Prior to the pandemic, Cestou was the coordinator for Discovery Gateway, an inter-cultural, intergenerational and biliterate learning center at the border of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. At Discovery Gateway, community partnerships embraced diversity to form a learning space that promoted social justice via education, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, community-building, and culture simultaneously. She is a firm believer that teaching for change can be established by the intersection of literacy skills, partnerships, and cultural awareness.
Priscilla A. Salazar is pursuing her PhD in Adult Education, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the University of the Incarnate Word. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorder at Texas A&M International University and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education and Hearing Science from The University of Texas Health Science Center. She is currently a Deaf education Teacher in SugarLand Texas and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word.
While service learning is an excellent way to provide students with authentic experiential learning experiences, there are often questions on how these experiences can be assessed to evaluate student learning. In this session Lorena P. Cestou and Priscilla A. Salazar will share their own service-learning experiences, in India and the Dominican Republic, and how these changed their lives. Additionally, presenters will share how “Clips and Captions”, a tool used to critically analyze student learning, was used to analyze their own service-learning opportunities.
Compassion and our Circle of Compassion Shared by Yesenia Garza Alcalá
Yesenia Garza Alcalá is doctoral student pursuing a concentration in Adult Education, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is a UIW Alumni that earned a BBA, concentration, International Business, minor Religious Studies and MBA. She is employed at Valero Energy Corporation in San Antonio, TX for the past 13 years and a Diversity Ambassador helping to foster a safe & supportive work environment where cultures and backgrounds are valued. Her interest and mission are to raise awareness for vulnerable communities in San Antonio and across borders. For the past two years she has been developing a friendship with the Shipibo-Konibo women’s tribe leader, Karina Pacaya from the Amazonian Rainforest. Their friendship helps them stay in touch with the women’s groups in Lima & Pucallpa, Peru and promote their artisan work worldwide. Future collaboration workshops with the Shipibo women are in progress. During this past year with the pandemic arising she was able to create a website (https://sites.google.com/view/arte-de-madres-shipibas/home) to market some of the Shipibo art, which helps the Shipibo women gain exposure in social media and internet platforms.
She presented this year in March, 2021 at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) along with fellow UIW colleagues & San Antonio Youth-Led Global Summit members, title of the presentation was Human Rights Advocacy: Educating & Empowering Women’s Voices. Her topic consisted of raising awareness for the Shipibo-Konibo women and participating in the United Nations Virtual Artisan Market. Other topics and projects of interest: migrant farm workers, indigenous peoples & cultures, LGBTQ+, and Homelessness in San Antonio.
The circle of compassion will be the source of discussion that places awareness on how we are connected by all those living and gone before us. How we can widen our circle of compassion and how compassion is empathy in action. This session will be based on my experience and what I learned in the Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) course taken at the University of the Incarnate Word, June 2021 along with my continuation in CIT by participating in the 2021 SA Compassionate Virtual Institute.
"Let’s talk about Common Humanity" Shared by Valentina Rada
Valentina’s professional experience includes twenty years of experience in market research, retail and restaurant industries as research analyst and project manager. She is a Project Management Professional and an Agile Certified Practitioner. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is currently pursuing her education as a PhD student in Organizational Leadership at the University of the Incarnate Word. Valentina is also volunteering for the Alamo Project Management Institute supporting the Development of PMI exams preparation and since 2017 she is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
"Compassion Student Peer Organization: “Rooted in Compassion” a photovoice presentation on compassion" with Jeff Neal and Mary J. Guerrero-Muñoz
Jeff Neal is a retired United States Air Force veteran that served his country with over 24 years of service. He joined the Air Staff as a Joint Planner Assistant and later served as Special Assistant of Joint Matters for the Director of Joint Staff. His assignments span from NORAD, Iceland, Turkey, Little Rock AFB, and Scott AFB, serving in the capacity as Executive Assistant to the Vice Commander of Air Mobility Command. Jeff retired from the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency as the Executive Assistant to the Command Chief. He is a survivor of the September 11, 2001, Pentagon terrorist attack.
Jeff is a doctoral student pursing a concentration in Student Services and Higher Education Administration in the Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. He earned his BA in Organizational Development and MS in Organizational Leadership. As an alumnus of UIW, he is actively involved on campus by serving as Graduate Assistant in support of the UIW Strategic Priorities Planning Initiative, UIW Alumni Board Member, PACE Veteran Peer Advisor, Vice President of the UIW Compassionate Student Peer Organization, and Student Researcher at the UIW Action Research Working Group in the Graduate Studies Program. Jeff is also an alumnus of the Alamo Federal Executive Board Leadership Program. His passion for education as a lifelong learner is to serve students in underserved communities by facilitating experiential learning processes inside and outside of the classroom. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering at his local parish.
Mary J. Guerrero-Muñoz, is a graduate from Incarnate Word College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Medicine, as well as a Masters of Arts in Administration with a concentration in Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word. She currently works as the Director of Clinical Safety for the University of Texas Health Science Center/UT Health, an adjunct instructor for the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), and a PhD student at UIW. In addition, Mary serves as the president of the Compassionate Student Peers Organization at UIW and the 2021 recipient of the Mission Support award for the Dreeben School of Education.
Today, compassion is recognized as an essential instrument needed in education, justice, religion, and healthcare. For over 150 years, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have dedicated their lives toward enriching students with the core values of education, truth, faith, service, and innovation, which are vital in a student’s journey towards the completion of a degree. However, with the growing issues of racism, rioting, a federal budget deficit and the pandemic; there surfaced the need to add the instrument of compassion to the student’s educational foundation.
Our story centers around listening to the needs of our fellow students, which has resulted in planting the seeds of compassion, which have rooted into a student peer’s compassion organization entitled Compassionate Student Peers Organization (CSPO);created to provide peer support to the students at the University of the Incarnate Word, beginning with the graduate students of the Dreeben School of Education. While the benefits of incorporating self-compassion into the educational framework of graduate students is one of the goals of the Compassionate Student Peers Organization; another is demonstrating the value of compassion, which we hope will transform their way of thinking, give them courage to share their voice, and help them to develop a strong commitment to service to their fellow students and the community.
In listening to our story, you can begin to envision how our seeds of compassion have been nurtured with awareness and understanding; transforming into an organization which will branch out toward helping students with its many leaves of integrity, love, and blessings.
"Compassion: Why We Need To Take A Breath" with Laura Briseno
Award winning, creative, and multifaceted in her fields of talent, Laura Briseno is on a lifelong journey to expand her knowledge of the relationship between humans and art. As an art professor and department chair for Navarro College, Briseno expounds her passion for art unto her students and actively seeks avenues to showcase their hard work. Briseno is in her third year of teaching as full-time faculty at Navarro College. She is part of the College Art Association of America, and Texas Community College Teachers Association. Briseno has spent 20 years working in the entertainment industry traveling and living abroad. During that time, she lived and worked in Macau, China for Franco Dragone Productions on a show called “The House of Dancing Water.” This allowed for travel to Mainland China, Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan. Her career path has allowed her to work with professionals from many different cultural backgrounds. Briseno continued to pursue her interest in cultures by studying Latin American art history in her M.F.A. program. This earned her the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Graduate Research Symposium 2018 Grant winner for Geographical 3D printing of Choquequirao, Peru. She traveled and studied in Peru in Summer of 2018. Briseno is currently attaining her Ph.D. at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Tx. She has a M.F.A. in studio art from University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, and a B.A. in Fashion Design from UIW. Briseno is a multiple recipient of the ATAC Globe Award in Costume Design in Theater productions in San Antonio, TX. She has exhibited work at the Pearce Museum (2020), Dorthy and Kirk Clarke Gallery (2018), Red Door Arts Featured Artist (2017), Brownsville Museum of Fine Art(2017), and Parade (The Collective) Trifecta Gallery(2014). Navarro College Innovation Award (2020).
“Compassion: Why we need to take a breath”: Understanding how we can connect the art of taking a breath to becoming more compassionate towards others. How to find your mark and make if flow, because it all begins with a dot.
"InnerAlly - Emerging from the Pandemic as Your Own Ally" shared by Cynthia Phelps, PhD - Founder, InnerAlly
Compassion and the Power of One with Amy Migura
Nation Building: An Exercise in Self, Culture & Community shared by Sheena Connell
Sheena Maria Connell serves as the Assistant Director of International Students & Scholar Services at UIW. She has been involved with the development of international education at public and private U.S. universities, Intensive English Programs, and secondary schools. She has more than 12 years of combined experience in an international education setting, SEVP regulations and policy, international enrollment management, recruitment initiatives, cross-cultural training, university-community partnerships, and student programming. She is a dedicated NAFSA: Association for International Education mentor and national leader in the field of international student and scholar advising..
Institute Coordinating Team
Lorena P. Cestou is pursuing her PhD in Adult Education, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the University of the Incarnate Word. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6) and her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education at Texas A&M International University. She has had service learning experiences in Laredo, Texas, the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic, Maharashtra state in India, and is the current Graduate Research Assistant for the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability.
Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. promotes social justice leaders within the UIW Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability which involves animating faculty, staff, administration, and students and connecting with the City of San Antonio Compassion movement. She is a Professor Emerita teaching part-time at UIW and serving as an International Compassionate Integrity Training Facilitator.