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West Side San Antonio Gets UTSA Boost

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In the next few years, the West Side of San Antonio near downtown is going to get a lot more upgrades thanks to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved the sale of two city-owned lots located at 506 Dolorosa and 702 Dolorosa which will support UTSA’s School of Data Science, National Security Collaboration Center, as well as the construction of faculty and student housing.

“This is a catalytic investment which will spur economic growth, and help to erase the false boundary highways like I-10 can create,” Councilman Roberto Treviño said. “It will connect the campus and many West Side neighborhoods, such as Prospect Hill, to our urban core where the efforts of our students and professionals can be leveraged with new and emerging partnerships with the private sector.

In September, UTSA received a $70 million commitment from the University of Texas System Board of Regents for construction of two new facilities at its Downtown Campus for a National Security Collaboration Center and a proposed School of Data Science.

According to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan for the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, two-thirds of global cybersecurity employers said they did not have enough employees to address current threats. By 2022, it is estimated there will be a demand for an additional 1.8 million information security and technology professionals in the United States to keep critical information and intellectual property safe.

The National Security Collaboration Center will comprise 80,000-square-feet of innovation space, laboratories and research facilities and will serve as a hub for government, university and industry partners in the cybersecurity field. It will focus on forensics, visualization and analytics, network security, cyber training/workforce development, big data analytics and privacy, post-quantum cryptography, cyber physical systems and embedded security, security of the cloud, attack and threat modeling and mitigation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, platform and software integrity, and hardware integrity.

UTSA has already established federal partnership agreements with the National Security Agency, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the U.S. Secret Service, 24th Air Forces Cyber and 25th Air Force. To further strengthen the ecosystem, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have all executed partnership agreements with UTSA to work within the NSCC.

The proposed School of Data Science will include UTSA’s existing departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics & Data Sciences, Information Systems and Cyber Security, and the UTSA Open Cloud Institute. These departments will be co-located in the new facility.

UTSA will continue to offer bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs to expand the pipeline of highly trained professionals who protect government and business networks. Enrollment in these programs is expected to grow significantly after the new building is opened.

The UTSA Downtown Campus is also home to the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the UTSA College of Public Policy, and several programs in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.


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Black Educators Conference Comes to San Antonio

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Educators looking to grow, network, advance professionally, stay informed of legislative initiatives impacting education policy and current 21st century best educational practices are encouraged to attend the premier educational summit known as the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) State Conference.

San Antonio, Texas has been designated to host this conference, February 20-23, at Hyatt Regency River Walk located at 123 Losoya St. This year’s conference theme is Empowering Educational Excellence through Equity. This conference will provide excellent learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of every educator and is the premier professional development conference for educators.

This conference will unite hundreds of state superintendents, elected officials, central office leaders and teachers.

“We have some outstanding district and campus leaders slated to present,” TABSE President Dr. Kimberly McLeod said. “Districts and schools that have experienced academic success with children of color or low socio-economic status will share their journey to meeting Texas Education Agency accountability standards.”

In addition, there will be career institutes for educational professionals who aspire to be principals, athletic directors or superintendents. TABSE proudly boasts of placing more than 10 superintendents and other educational and campus leaders around the state of Texas who have been trained through the TABSE career institutes.

Additionally, TABSE’s legislative institute has promoted individuals to local and state board positions and have trained them in understanding contributing to educational policy and implementation.

This annual conference is an opportunity that comes once a year to unite and equip educational professionals with a skillset, knowledge base and network to propel them to new professional and experiential heights.

Educators do not want to miss this learning opportunity, so, for more information, visit www.TABSE.net for additional conference information.

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Champion For A Cause

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Serena Williams is Building Schools in Jamaica and Various African Nations 

Nationwide — More than just a tennis champion, Serena Williams has always been a champion for a cause. Through the Serena Williams Fund, new schools are being built in Jamaica and in various countries on the African continent.

Williams, who has a total of 39 Grand Slam titles under her belt, recently built the Marsh Elementary School in Jamaica in conjunction with the nonprofit Helping Hands Jamaica. Schools on the African continent were also built in partnership with Build Africa.

Prior to that, Williams already established grade schools in other African countries including Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.

Those efforts were part of Williams’ mission through her own non-profit organization called Serena Williams Fund “to promote equity; through education, gender, race, disability, or anything else that stands in the way of someone achieving their goals and living their best possible life.”

“The mission of this charity is to help the individuals or communities affected by to violence, and [to ensure] equal access to education,” Williams said in a statement.

According to Borgen Magazine, the sports superstar “has done extraordinary tasks using her own resources and through partnerships with the Serena Williams Fund and other foundations dedicated to providing and improving education for those in difficult conditions or developing countries. Her active role has notably left a mark on those who have had their lives changed significantly through this act of kindness.”

Williams, who is named as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, also founded Serena Ventures which aims to invest in early-stage companies to give them wider opportunities to grow.

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Financial Literacy And Discipline

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New Financial Literacy Curriculum Teaches Black Youth How to Invest in the Stock Market

Nationwide — Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services is now offering a financial literacy curriculum for youth. The primary purpose of the curriculum is to provide financial education and discipline at an early age, thereby possibly decreasing the wealth gap for future generations. The curriculum is titled Junior Wallstreeters: Empowering Youth with Financial Wellness.

Wallstreeter’s curriculum is very different compared to other financial literacy lessons. Their lessons will provide the following: 1) an introduction to financial literacy concepts; 2) tools on starting and running an investment club; and 3) investing in the stock market. One of the lessons will incorporate Kevon and Kamari Chisolm’s ebook titled Financial Legacy: Building Wealth Through Investment Clubs.

The inclusion of the investment club portion is the main difference of their curriculum. In this section, they teach students to apply the financial information by investing in the stock markets. Students learn how to become investors in some of the popular brands that they currently use including Nike, Timberland and McDonalds. The curriculum is currently being used at Vance High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Next summer, Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services is planning on offering Junior Wallstreeter Camps, which will use the same curriculum mentioned above.

For additional information about incorporating this curriculum in your classroom, after school program or if you have a location for a summer camps, please contact Kevon L. Chisolm, Esq. at 571-236-1471 or visit www.theblackwallstreeter.com.

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