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2009: From Extracurricular to Embedded

2010: CSL: Best Practices for Putting Ethics into Action

2011: Better Together: Academic-Community Partnerships to Improve Health

2012: Meeting the Social Mission: Health Science EducationThrough Community Collaborations

2013: The Power of the Peer Group: Promoting Healthy Behavior Change in the Community

2014: Health Literacy: A Prescription for Plain Language

2015: The Answer in Plain Sight: Can Positive Deviance Uncover Solutions to Community Challenges?

2016: Healing Begins Upstream

2017: Growing Resilient Communities

2018: Health Where We Live

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12th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference



Click here to view photos from the conference. 


Printed program books will be provided to conference attendees while supplies last.  Click here for a PDF copy of the conference program book



We are pleased to announce that Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN will be providing the keynote address at the conference.  Dr. Jemmott is Vice President of Health and Health Equity and Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University.  To read more about Dr. Jemmott, click here.


Community service learning (CSL) is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, mentorship and reflection.  Health Science Center students address community-identified needs while learning about the context in which illness develops, connecting their academic coursework to real-life situations, and reflecting on their roles as future healthcare professionals.

The Annual CSL Conference at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio originated in 2008 as an opportunity to learn from the CSL experiences of students, faculty, staff, and community partners in San Antonio and across Texas.  Each year, the conference focuses on a theme relevant to service-learning and hosts experts and guest lecturers, provides skill-building workshops, and showcases CSL projects through students’ poster presentations. 

Presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in conjunction with an interprofessional planning committee, the conference is free and open to the community.  


1. To share best practices and scholarship in community service learning with a focus on how to deeply engage with community.

2. To bring together an interprofessional group of University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center students, faculty, and staff from across the state with community partners to foster service-learning collaborations.

3. To highlight existing UT Health Science System community service learning projects and future opportunities with community partners.

4. To recognize and reward excellence in community service learning within the UT Health Science System.


The location of the conference is UT Health San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78229.  Registration will be in the Academic & Administration Building (AAB) and the event takes place in the Holly Auditorium.


If you are a student or employee of UT Health Science Center San Antonio, please park in your usual space.  If you are joining us from off campus, click here for parking directions.  There is no fee to park.



Registration Open / Breakfast with Community Partners

AAB Foyer


Welcome / Opening Remarks

Ruth Berggren, MD, MACP, Director, Center for Medical 

  Humanities & Ethics, UT Health San Antonio

Holly Auditorium


Keynote:  Building Healthy Communities Together to Reduce Health Disparities:  Diving Deep into the Community Using My 8 T’s of Community Engagement

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President, Health

  and Health Equity and Professor, Drexel University, College of

  Nursing and Health Professions

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Holly Auditorium

10:00-10:10 Break  


End Stigma, End HIV/AIDS: A Forum Theatre Project

Facilitator:  Roberto Prestigiacomo, MFA, Associate Professor,

  Human Communication & Theatre, Trinity University

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Holly Auditorium


Networking with Community Partners

Holly Auditorium Foyer


Lunch Panel:  Community Voices

Moderator: Rev. Kenneth Kemp, MD, Senior Pastor at Antioch

  Missionary Baptist Church and Faculty, Pulmonary and Critical

  Care, Brooke Army Medical Center

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Holly Auditorium


CSL Poster Session with Dessert Reception

Holly Auditorium Foyer

Agenda subject to change.

No continuing education credits are available for this conference.



Pharmacotherapy Division, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:

  • Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
  • LINC (Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration)
  • Office of the President
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • Student Services Fee Committee