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Six months into his presidency at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Taylor Eighmy already has ambitious plans.


UTSA junior Karen Elliot speaks with Mike Flores, who will become the next chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District in the fall during a news conference announcing the On-TRAC program Feb. 20, 2018.
Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

This fall, students who apply to the University of Texas at San Antonio, but don’t quite qualify for direct admission, will have a new pathway to start at UTSA as sophomores.

Through a program called Transitioning Roadrunners at Alamo Colleges, or On-TRAC, the students will be co-enrolled at the university and one of the community colleges.

UTSA Dreamers Resource Center

The  Dreamers Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio offers assistance to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other undocumented students attending the university. 

Fronteras spoke to Courtney Balderas-Jacob, interim program manager for the Dreamer Resource Center, and Jaciel Castro, a student regent with the University of Texas System Board of Regents and graduate student at the UTSA College of Business.  Castro is a former dreamer who is applying for U.S. citizenship. 


H. Drew Galloway

On this episode of Fronteras:

  • Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio look to address the needs of undocumented students.
  • San Antonio students find support at UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center, which provides assistance to undocumented students (3:12).
  • Asylum seekers are being denied their legal rights at U.S. detention centers (13:35).
  • Thousands of refugees take advantage of a legal loophole to cross the northern border from the U.S. to Canada (16:32).


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at UTSA Jan. 25, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

As a Latina who grew up in a housing project in New York City, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has seen a lot of firsts. She was the first in her family to go to college, and the first Hispanic named to the highest judicial bench in the country.

Thursday, she visited the University of Texas at San Antonio and answered questions from a student body that can see themselves reflected in her. Many UTSA students are also the first in their family to go to college, and many students are also Hispanic.


Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is providing a new office for undocumented students to learn what academic resources are available to them as they attend the school. It’s the first of its kind in Texas.


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Academic, military and medical institutions announced their plans to re-open on Wednesday following Tuesday's ice storm, pending further weather developments.

UTSA graduate student Daniela Salinas poses for a portrait in the nursery of La Trinidad United Methodist Church Jan. 5, 2018. As president of Students Raising Children Salinas helped launch a child care program at the church.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

When the spring semester starts Monday at the University of Texas at San Antonio, child care will be available for parents taking evening courses at its downtown campus.

It’s a day student parents on campus have been working towards for three years.

Carson Frame / TPR News

A group of seniors at the University of Texas at San Antonio unveiled their video game projects to an audience of disabled veterans on Thursday.


TEXAS grants are awarded to students  with financial need attending public universities like UTSA.
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As students at The University of Texas at San Antonio cram for finals week, Taylor Eighmy is preparing for a test of his own: the launch of a major initiative to expand the university’s downtown campus


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