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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

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8th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference



Abstracts for Student Community Service Learning (CSL) Posters are being accepted through March 3, 2015.  Click here to submit your abstract online.  

The posters do not need to be related to the theme of the conference:  any type of community service learning activity is acceptable.  All abstracts will be reviewed by an interprofessional committee for selection, and you will be notified within 2 weeks regarding your poster acceptance.  If accepted, your poster is due for printing on March 25, 2015.  The Poster Session takes place at the April 2nd CSL Conference, from 5:00-6:30pm in the Texas Star Cafe.

Click here for information on writing a CSL Abstract.



There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required.  Register by March 25 to receive a lunch. 

Eventbrite - 8th Annual CSL Conference: Positive Deviance



The location of the conference is the School of Nursing, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78229.


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, please click here for parking directions and map.


1. To share best practices and scholarship in community service learning with a focus on using positive deviance to uncover solutions to community challenges.

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.


AGENDA (tentative)

8:15 am

Registration Begins / Visit Community Partner Tables


Welcome / Opening Remarks  


Keynote:  Overview of Positive Deviance

Arvind Singhal, PhD, Marston Endowed Professor of Communication, UT El Paso, Positive Deviance Researcher and Author


Workshop A Breakouts:  Examples of Positive Deviance

*choose one session to attend*

Positive Deviance in Public Health Nutrition

Positive Deviance in Completing Health Professional Training

Positive Deviance in Infection Control

Positive Deviance in NICU


Visit Community Partner Tables / Networking


Lunch: Panel Presentation of Outstanding CSL Projects

Featured student panelists with their mentors and community partners 


Workshop B Breakouts:  Application of Positive Deviance 

*choose one session to attend*

Community Engagement  

Health Education  

Research Design

 Needs and Resource Assessment




Workshop C Breakouts:  Application of Positive Deviance

  *choose one session to attend*

These sessions are repeated from Workshop B

Community Engagement  

Health Education

Research Design

Needs and Resource Assessment


Closing Session:  Applying Positive Deviance to Community Service Learning 


CSL Poster Presentations / Reception