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10th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference

View Photos from the Conference!



Click here for a copy of the conference program book.


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.  Join us this year in celebrating our 10th anniversary of the conference!


The location of the conference is UT Health San Antonio, Holly Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78229.


If you are a student or employee of UT Health 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.


1. To share best practices and scholarship in Community Service Learning with a focus on building community resilience.

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

3. To highlight existing UT health instituion Community Service Learning projects and future opportunities with community partners.

4. To recognize and reward excellence in Community Service Learning within the UT System health institutions.



Registration / Visit Community Partner Tables

Holly Auditorium Foyer


Welcome / Opening Remarks

Ruth Berggren, MD, FACP, Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, UT Health San Antonio 

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Holly Auditorium


Keynote:  Better Together: Creating Mutual and Equitable Academic-Community Partnerships

Christena Cleveland, PhD, Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation, Duke Divinity School

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Holly Auditorium


Networking with Community Partners

see list of participating organizations below


Holly Auditrorium Foyer


Skill-Building Workshops

*choose one session to attend*



Building Community Resilience: Creating Shared Understanding, Partnering with Community

Wendy Ellis, DrPH(C), MPH, Co-Principal Investigator & Project Director, Building Community Reslience Collaborative  

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ALTC* 301


Uniting a Divided People: Understanding the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart

Christena Cleveland, PhD, Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation, Duke Divinity School

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ALTC* 302


I Am Because We Are: Cultivating Resiliency Through Community Health Clubs 

Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, Assistant Director of Global Health, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, UT Health San Antonio

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ALTC* 303


Networking Lunch

ALTC* 304


CSL Poster Session with Dessert Reception

Holly Auditorium Foyer

*ALTC is Academic Learning & Teaching Center.

Agenda subject to change.

No continuing education credits are available for this conference.


Bibliotech Bexar County Digital Public Library Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Christian Senior Services San Antonio Food Bank
CPS Energy San Antonio Public Library
Haven for Hope, Spiritual Services San Antonio Walks!
Inner City Development South Central AHEC adn ReACH
It's Time Texas The Health Collaborative
Louise Batz Patient Safety Foundation Witte Museum
Mayor's Fitness Council  



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
  • Office of the Dental Dean
  • Office of the President
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Medicine Alumni Association
  • Student Service Fee Committee