The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is proud to be a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution. Our foundation – based on a promise of social mobility and opportunity for San Antonio’s predominantly Mexican American population – underpin our commitment to positioning Hispanic students, staff and faculty for growth, leadership and success.

Leaders, Professionals, Changemakers

UTSA students, staff, and alumni actively work to advance, support, and celebrate the university’s Hispanic students and community. The examples below highlight three of many Roadrunners who are making outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities.

Bradley Freeman Jr.
Puppeteer, Sesame Workshop

A Brownsville native and 2021 graduate, Bradley now works for Sesame Workshop and its “ABCs of Racial Literacy” initiative, part of the workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice.

Meet Bradley

Anna Arroyo
Software Engineer, Twitter

A passionate advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and minorities in tech, Anna pursues positive change and greater representation within one of today’s largest social media companies.

Meet Anna

Veronica Salazar Mendez
CFO and Senior Vice President, UTSA

A UTSA chief executive who started her career in the Valley as a first-generation college student, Veronica’s 20+ year career has centered on building new pathways for Hispanic student success.

Meet Veronica

Advancing our Students and Community

We are striving to be a Hispanic Thriving Institution. What does that mean?

Holding the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation is only a first step. Looking to the future, we are taking bold steps to go beyond this designation to become an institution where Hispanic students can truly thrive. This means we are committed to becoming a leading model Hispanic thriving university with an emphasis on serving our Hispanic students and community.

Advancing our community is woven into UTSA’s institutional fabric

Prior to 1969, San Antonio lacked a public four-year higher education institution. Seeking to address high demand for local, high quality educational opportunities, San Antonio’s Mexican-American community activists, business leaders and political champions came together to create a community-centered university. UTSA’s vision, policies and values are built on these roots, and continue to guide our student success, research and growth efforts.

Perspectives

Watch this video to hear student, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leader perspectives on UTSA’s Hispanic serving commitment and impact.

“It is estimated that between 2020 and 2050, of the 1.3 million people that will be added to Bexar County’s population, 62% will be Latino. This means that UTSA will continue to have an opportunity to contribute significantly to the education of Latino and Latina leaders for the future of our country.”
– Maria Berriozábal, first Mexican-American woman elected to San Antonio’s City Council