UTSA Celebrates National Transfer Student Week and Promotes Sense of Belonging | UTSA today | UTSA


Several units within the Academic Affairs Division work together to provide comprehensive support to transfer students before and during their time at UTSA, including expert advice, mentoring, academic support and programming to help them develop. a sense of belonging and successfully graduating. Currently, 82% of transfer students re-enroll at UTSA in their second year, and their median time to graduation is 2.71 years.

To celebrate the week, the Office of Transfer and Transition Student Success Services, the First Generation and Transfer Student Programs Team, and the Undergraduate Admissions Office of Recruitment and Community Outreach are hosting a series of events for transfer students.

Here are some highlights:

  • Swag Trade: Transfer Students Swap Their Old Institution’s Gear For UTSA T-Shirts And Other Items
  • Brunch with peer mentors: Informal meal with transferred peer mentors
  • Tune into Self Care: opportunity to participate in meditation exercises and anti-stress activities
  • Transfer Engagement Leadership Student Panel: Discussion on Campus Engagement and Leadership Opportunities
  • Keynote speaker: Hear from a former UTSA student Victoria Barbosa Olivo ’14, MS ’16, MA ’19

Olivo, a lecturer in UTSA’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, transferred to UTSA from St. Philip’s College in the fall of 2011. She immediately became involved with UTSA, becoming Fellow of Honors College and McNair Scholars Program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and women’s studies and stayed at UTSA to pursue two master’s degrees. In May, she obtained a doctorate. in Education from The Ohio State University.

Olivo’s success is an inspiration to other students. The Roadrunner community will have the chance to meet her, learn about her experience, and hear her words of wisdom in an informal setting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the Student Union’s Willow Room (SU 2.02.12) .

“I’m proud to belong to a community like UTSA and Alamo Community Colleges that supports transfer students like me,” Olivo said. “Without this transfer support, I may not have become the Dr. Olivo that I am today. I hope to give back to my community and inspire other transfer students to always follow their aspirations despite the difficulties they face. may be confronted.”

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