The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for P-20 Initiatives will host the Academy for Parent Leadership graduation and luncheon on Saturday, June 02, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The program provides each participant with an introduction to higher education as well as valuable resources for their children and their community. The program is designed to help families prepare for a transition from high school to college and establish skills that will assist them in being successful community leaders. Upon successful completion of the coursework, the parents receive a certificate and participate in a graduation ceremony hosted by UTSA. By participating in the ceremony, parents become role models for their children and other parents in the community. This cohort of parent graduates all have students participating in the ESC Region 20, Migrant Education Program’s Washington DC Leadership Academy.
The graduation event will feature San Antonio’s First Lady, Erika Prosper as a guest speaker. Growing up as a migrant in the Rio Grande Valley, Erika now holds a Masters in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and a B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts and a second Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the 2018 Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, having served on its Executive Board for 6 years. She is also a member of the H-E-B Corporate Diversity Leadership Council and Health and Education Task forces and a former board member of Say Si Youth Arts.
The Academy for Parent Leadership is one of many programs offered through the UTSA P-20 Parent Engagement Programs (PEP). All P-20 programming is designed to increase the academic success of individuals who might not otherwise have access to postsecondary educational opportunities. In particular, the Institute aims to support first generation college students and families. For more information, visit P20.UTSA.