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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

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10th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference


There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required.  Register by January 20, 2017 to receive lunch.

Eventbrite - 10th Annual CSL Conference: Growing Resilient Communities


Deadline:  December 7, 2016 at 5 PM

Click here to submit your abstract online. 

Students from UT Health San Antonio AND other UT Health Science institutions are encouraged to submit poster abstracts describing their Community Service Learning (CSL) projects.  CSL projects include: measurable objectives, a faculty mentor, a partnering community organization, student preparation and reflection.  The abstracts do not need to be related to the theme of the conference.

Abstracts will be reviewed by an interprofessional committee for selection.  You will be notified within 2 weeks regarding your poster acceptance.  If accepted, your poster is due for printing by January 23, 2017.  The Poster Session takes place at the CSL Conference on January 28, from 1-2 PM at UT Health San Antonio's Holly Auditorium.

3 Blue Ribbon winners will be selected from the submitted abstracts.  A Judges' Choice Award will be selected during the Poster Session, with an accompanying cash prize!

For information on writing a CSL Abstract, 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.  


The location of the conference is the 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, parking directions will be posted here at a future date.


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 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)


Registration / Visit Community Partner Tables

Holly Auditorium Foyer


Welcome / Opening Remarks


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


Holly Auditorium


Networking with Community Partners


Holly Auditrorium Foyer


Workshop Breakout Sessions

*choose one session to attend*



Title TBA

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

ALTC 301


Title TBA

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


ALTC 302


Title TBA

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


ALTC 303




ALTC 304


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
  • Dental School
  • Office of the President
  • Student Service Fee Committee