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There are multiple ways to support UTSA’s newest college. We hope you will consider becoming more involved in the teaching, research and community impact that are the cornerstones of the college.

The College for Health, Community and Policy (HCaP) aims to improve the wellbeing of the world around us and to develop recommendations for complex social problems. We aim to accomplish this mission through exceptional education, creation and dissemination of knowledge, and partnership with diverse communities and institutions, from local to global. HCaP includes more than 175 faculty and more than 6,800 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Representing 20% of UTSA’s student body, we are the largest college on campus and have more than 28,000 alumni.


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Our alumni and friends will be an integral part of the college and creating a culture of engagement. The college is actively engaged in enrichment and collaborative initiatives that benefit our students and the greater community. Get involved, make an impact by engaging in the following activities:

  • Become a Friend of HCaP by subscribing to learn more about all happenings.
  • Actively participate in student success, career placement and internship opportunities.
  • Volunteer at events, speaking engagements, colloquiums or alumni activities.
  • Make a Gift Today! With each gift you are contributing to strengthen HCaP’s mission, advancing work of students and faculty, hiring the best academics, all while bring a direct impact in your community.

If you would like to make a gift or get involved to support HCaP’s initiatives and activities, please contact Lisa Hernandez, Chief Development Officer at (210) 458-2606 or via email at lisa.hernandez2@utsa.edu.

 

Alumni spotlights

HCaP alumni serve the community in healthcare, law, government, policing, social work, policymaking, and much more.

Conor Harvey ’15Conor Harvey | Public Administration | Clerk, Supreme Court of Texas

Anyone traveling through UTSA’s campuses is sure to notice the blue street signs, with Rowdy helpfully pointing the way. Those signs were created as part of an initiative started by then-Councilman Nirenberg and UTSA’s Student Government Association.

Conor Harvey ’15 was at the helm of that initiative – one of the highlights of three and a half years as an undergraduate. During his time at UTSA, he not only spearheaded several projects with SGA, but was also awarded the Jane Findling Award for students committed to the excellence of UTSA, earned an Archer Fellowship, and completed several internships even after he had hit his credit maximum.

 

Jordan Minugh ’20Jordan Minugh | Public Health | Physician Assistant student, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Jordan Minugh has always loved medicine and knew she would pursue it as a career. What she didn’t know upon enrolling at UTSA is that she would find an unorthodox path to medicine – and earn a major scholarship along the way.

Minugh didn’t discover the field of public health until her second year at UTSA, but once she did, it put everything together for her.

“Public health is not just the straight science part of medical studies,” she said. “It includes things like sociology, and you learn about all the disparities happening in the world right now. Having a public health background made me a better provider overall.”

 

Katie Vela ’14Katie Vela | Public Administration | Executive Director, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless

When Katie Vela ’14 was completing her Master in Public Administration degree at UTSA, she never thought she would end up leading one of the most impactful non-profits in San Antonio a few years later.

In October of 2020, Vela was named executive director of the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) and launched a movement to end youth homelessness—the #WESAY Movement to House all Youth and young adults.

“I definitely can’t take credit for developing the movement, because it was really something that a collaborative group developed,” Vela said. “We have our Youth Action board, which are youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness, and they guide all of our policy decisions.” In addition to the board, SARAH works to bring together many youth homeless service providers and stakeholders.