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UTSA Mexican American Studies program to celebrate 25 years

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The College of Education and Human Development’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will celebrate its 25thanniversary with a special celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 pm in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The MAS 25thanniversary celebration will feature performances by: 

  • El Tallercito de Son, whose performance is about the history of Son Jarocho music and celebration of community
  • Eva Ybarra, conjunto accordionist, music educator and NEA National Heritage Fellow 
  • Mírame, a UTSA student-run band
  • Mexican Stepgrandfather, educator, poet and hip-hop artist
  • Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio

MAS faculty, students, alumni, and community founders will also speak at the celebration. 

Mexican American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that came about as a result of the Chicana/o civil rights movement. A nationally recognized program, the UTSA Mexican American Studies program prepares students to enter professional and graduate schools. In the last 25 years, MAS has grown from a single faculty member to five faculty who have taught over 4,250 students and have mentored and graduate 100 MAS majors. More than 80 percent of MAS majors receive dual degrees in MAS and a discipline of their choice. 

MAS graduates are now employed as teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12thgrade public school classrooms across San Antonio, and hold leadership positions in private and public service sectors, including early childhood education agencies, historical preservation commissions, and non-profit organizations. 

Others have pursued doctoral, jurisprudence, and professional degrees in prestigious programs and institutions across the U.S., including: University of California, Los Angeles; The University of Washington, Seattle; City University of New York; The University of Chicago; University of California, Santa Cruz; The University of Texas at San Antonio, University of California, Berkeley; The University of Texas at Austin; Ohio University of Law; Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston; University of San Francisco; and Stanford University. MAS graduates who obtained their doctoral degrees are assistant professors at Tier One and other public institutions across the United States, such as the University of Minnesota, University of Houston, Claremont Colleges, California State University, Fresno; and Texas Lutheran University. 

The MAS program is continuing to grow, and, in the future, hopes to begin offering a master’s program as well as online certificates for teachers.

For more information about the celebration or the MAS program, contact Dr. Marco Cervantes at 210-458-2690, Dr. Josie Mendez-Negrete at 210-458-2637, or Dr. Marie Miranda at 210-458-2675.

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UTSA College of Education and Human Development

Phone: 210-458-4370