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Fronteras: Young Professional Dreamers Develop Close Relationships; Cooling Mission Concepción

Aug 22, 2019

Leadership institutes provide young professionals with training to become engaging leaders in their communities. But obstacles often exist when those young professionals are undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Juan Sepulveda, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Tony Tijerino
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They may feel like the odd man or woman out, especially if they are a person of color in an otherwise white workplace.

Thirty Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients from around the country gathered at San Antonio’s Trinity University a year ago to embark on a year-long Dream Lead Institute.

These Dreamers met every other month for three to four days at a time. The DLI was a professional training program that was also a personal journey of growth.

The DLI was co-created by Juan Sepulveda, visiting Lillian Radford Professor of Practice in Urban Education at Trinity University, and Antonio “Tony” Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Joining us in this conversation was Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, associate professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trinity.  We spoke on the final day of the DLI at Trinity University.

Click here to see a video created by the Dream Lead Institute fellows.

Mission Concepción
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Cooling Mission Concepción — A Balance Of Preservation And Parishioner Comfort

How do you cool a historic mission that’s nearly three centuries old? A couple of clunky air conditioning units cool San Antonio’s Mission Concepción, but the units’ condensation and decades of humidity and rain have taken a toll on the structure and its art.

San Antonio researchers are investigating how to balance indoor climate management with parishioner comfort and historic preservation.

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