Learning with Initiative

Turning Knowledge into Strength

UTSA students are trailblazers — learning opportunities in and out of the classroom provide them with the skills and understanding to lead the way with character in an ever-changing world. They are the socially responsible leaders of tomorrow and they start their journey at UTSA. They are ready to challenge the status quo, solve problems and advocate for others equipped with critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making knowledge. It’s an advantage, in the marketplace, in the field, in the boardroom and online.

Benefits to Students

  • Encourages confidence and competence to put ideas into action
  • Builds key skills for growth and future success
  • Cultivates emotionally intelligent leaders
  • Promotes perspectives grounded in ethical awareness and social responsibility
  • Prepares leaders for a more inclusive 21st century

Sophia Irizarry, Class of 2024

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Building Trailblazers

Before students can become good leaders, they first must understand the concept of leadership. UTSA’s LeaderU Conference and Challenge Day creates an opportunity for students to hear directly from leadership experts from a variety of areas. With an eye on the future, students can also participate in team building activities and workshops to learn valuable skills and create camaraderie with fellow students. Students learn about the varied nature of leadership and leave with a clearer sense of purpose through the experience.

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Leading with Compassion

Effective leadership is understanding that every voice has value. UTSA is preparing the next generation of leaders. The UTSA Multicultural Student Center provides students who have a passion to advance social justice with the skills to advocate for others and lead valuable conversations to promote equity for all. 

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Charting a Bold Career Path

The diverse and hardworking Honors College students at UTSA know what it means to go the extra mile. Taking that commitment to excellence one step further, UTSA’s Citymester program pairs them with community partners for internships, service-learning projects, and networking opportunities outside of the classroom. It’s a formula for success and it prepares the next generation of adaptable leaders to explore career opportunities and meet diverse leadership challenges all before they even cross the stage.

Learning with Initiative by the Numbers



of UTSA’s Employer Partners hire three or more graduates annually



student Leadership Academy workshops offered annually



average annual participants in leadership programming through the office of Leadership and Volunteer Services