Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

About the Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement serves as a nucleus of support to students, faculty, and staff who aspire to advance the common good of San Antonio and the surrounding communities. We wish to be a university engaged with our community that educates students to be active citizens.

We recognize that the advancement of scholarship through teaching and research creates positive solutions that contribute to the well-being and betterment of not only San Antonio, but the state, nation and world beyond. We hope the contributions of the UTSA community can have a lasting impact on the creation of a community that values equanimity and at the same time aspires to raise levels of economic growth and social inclusion.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower students, faculty and staff to serve society through community engaged scholarship that enriches learning, promotes civic literacy and contributes to the study of community needs and resources.


Our vision is that UTSA students, faculty and staff will develop a deep appreciation for serving society as an engaged citizen who takes an active role in democracy and enhancing the quality of life for the common good.

Work of the Center

The Center for Civic Engagement
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News and Updates

The Center for Civic Engagement invites you to join UTSA Engaged

UTSA Engaged powered by is a new volunteer matching and tracking tool that allows members of the UTSA community to locate volunteer/community based-learning opportunities in the San Antonio region and to track their individual impacts.

This resource is available for students, faculty, staff and community partners who wish to utilize the system for community service opportunities (service-learning).

UTSA Engaged helps track UTSA’s collective impact in the community.

For more information about UTSA Engaged, feel free to reach out to UTSA Center for Civic Engagement, at or visit us at

President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service that rewards civic-minded individuals for their dedication to selfless service and volunteerism.

Eligibility & Awards

UTSA students, faculty and staff who accumulate 100 or more hours of service in a one-year period are eligible to apply. The award packages consist of an official PVSA lapel pin, customized certificate, and a letter from the President of the United States. The pin indicates the level of volunteer commitment being acknowledged at Bronze, Gold and Silver levels.

There is no application process for this award. Individuals who want to be considered can participate by tracking service-hours through UTSA Engaged.

Upon completion of the level of service you would like to receive recognition for, notify the Center for Civic Engagement to move forward with processing your award.

Click here for more information or call 210-458-2277.

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