One Word: Belonging

The University of the Incarnate Word takes an active and supportive approach to cultivating a positive, secure, friendly and welcoming environment for all - because excellence is only attainable when everyone is included, respected and empowered. We invite you to be a part of the Cardinal family! We encourage you to engage, participate and become a social justice leader in various student organizations, programs, activities and events to celebrate the diverse cultures that make UIW a global university.

International Cultural Resources

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Black History Month Celebration

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect and celebrate the history, culture and accomplishments of African Americans in the U.S. and the African diaspora. Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926 after historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson created the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Native American Month

America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years. Today, programs, partnerships, and parks preserve and share the stories and heritage of indigenous peoples. For our monthly theme we can highlight the history, heritage and traditions of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian peoples.

Ramaadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon.

Diwali

The Diwali Festival, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is an important Hindu holiday celebrated throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and other places with large Indian or Hindu populations. The tradition dates back to ancient times and is both jovial and festive.

Holi - Festival of Colors

Holi has been celebrated in the Indian subcontinent for centuries, with poems documenting celebrations dating back to the 4th century CE. It marks the beginning of spring after a long winter, symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated in March, corresponding to the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna.

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Asian New Year is celebrated at UIW. Attendees get to observe various forms of dance and music, sample a variety of various types of Asian cuisine, and view cultural presentations and a fashion show.

Resources

a group of UIW students and Alumni standing in front of a food truckDeveloping Engaged Citizens 

Sr. Dorothy (Dot) Ettling, CCVI, founder of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, had a vision to support and mentor UIW students to become civically engaged leaders who would serve in the community, develop their leadership potential, and graduate as concerned and enlightened citizens with a passion for promoting social justice both locally and globally. This vision set the foundation for the creation of the Ettling Center and the development of the Cardinal Community Leaders (CCL) program. The program recruits UIW undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and who have completed at least two full-time semesters of course work at UIW. This program is open to students continuing through three years of undergraduate education and a progressive leadership development program. The Cardinal Community Leaders (CCL) serve as a visible sign of the institutional commitment to service in the community. They integrate the best practices they have learned at the local level to their global engagement projects. This is accompanied through mentoring, critical thinking and a process of actively developing leadership skills to address social justice issues in the local community. 

The goal of this program is to expand the possibility for students to learn leadership skills from extended service experiences in order to develop greater potential for civic leadership only after having experienced and reflected upon meaningful service encounters. The hope is that their journey as a CCL will shape their vocation as future scholars and professionals who will strive to create a more compassionate society rooted in social justice and civic engagement. 

  • $236K - Approximate national value of the volunteer service hours conducted by CCL students from Fall 2013 through Spring 2020
  • 3.4 GPA - Overall average GPA for the 61 students that have been members of the CCL program since 2013 
  • 33% - Percentage of CCL graduates who continued to pursue a graduate or health professional degree program since 2013 

Student and Faculty Service Engagement

Cardinal Community Leaders

As a collective group, the CCLs conducted over 2,500 hours of community service impacting over 4,000 children, adults and senior citizens during the 2017-2018 academic year.


Civility Week

Programs and events are conducted to celebrate the institution’s commitment in supporting a community of persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that mutual respect and interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good. In year 2017-2018, roughly 456 students participated in programs.


Voter Registration

The Ettling Center in collaboration with UIW student organizations, Student Engagement and the local non-profit MoveOnSA.org hosted two voter registration programs for the 2017-2018 academic year in the new Student Engagement Center. Roughly 185 students participated in the awareness activities. Plans began during the summer of 2018 to educate the campus community local, regional and national elections for the fall of 2018.


DiversiTEA

1,112 students, faculty and community members participated in this year’s celebration of tea and cultures from around the world that included Egypt, China, Pakistan, Ireland, Uganda, Finland, Bahrain and Peru to name a few.


Peace and Social Justice

Concepts of peace and social justice are central in the Bible and a central value of UIW and the Ettling Center. From their very first days, the founders of the University, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, have promoted the human dignity of all people. The ideas and concepts of peace as the fruit of justice that began as a “Peace Fair” in 1986, have expanded into many educational, prayerful and celebrative events throughout the whole month of October with special emphasis on the last Wednesday of October near the anniversary of Dr. O'Halloran's death, a significant friend and partner of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVIs). This year the ECCLS supported and assisted with over 15 programs conducted on and off the University, reaching over 550 participants.


Cultural Awareness

UIW aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community. Thus, the Office of Student Life, Residence Life, and Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability conduct various programs, activities, discussions and services to promote Native American, Hispanic Heritage, International and Black History Awareness. Roughly 855 students attended the numerous programs, activities and events celebrating these cultures and customs within our community.


Education Awareness

UIW aims to educate men and women who have an understanding of the community and population for whom they serve and assist. The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability assisted, supported and sponsored activities and events to highlight Diwali, the Festival of Colors and Women’s Month. Roughly 820 students attended the numerous programs and events celebrating these and other educational awareness activities on the UIW campus.

Student Groups and their affiliated UIW Organization

Student Groups and their affiliated UIW Organization
Student Group Affiliated UIW Organization 
UIW Honors Program University of the Incarnate Word
UIW Cardinal Community Leaders Program Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability
UIW Club Sports University of the Incarnate Word
Cardinal Community Leaders Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability
Cardinal Latina Mentoring Program (CLMP) Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability
Legacy Student Sustainability Scholars Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International Feik School of Pharmacy
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Feik School of Pharmacy
Kappa Epsilon - Beta Theta Feik School of Pharmacy
Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Feik School of Pharmacy
Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Feik School of Pharmacy
National Community Pharmacists Association Feik School of Pharmacy
Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists Feik School of Pharmacy
The Rho Chi Pharmacy Honors Society Feik School of Pharmacy
APhA-ASP-UIW Feik School of Pharmacy
UIW Pharmacy Review Feik School of Pharmacy
FSOP Health Fairs Feik School of Pharmacy
FSOP Student Government Association Feik School of Pharmacy
Osteopathic Medical Students School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mission Alamo School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mission Espada School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mission San Juan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mission San José School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mission Concepción School of Osteopathic Medicine
Houston Osteopathic Foundation Grant Award School of Osteopathic Medicine
Masters of Biomedical Sciences Society School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student American Academy of Osteopathy School of Osteopathic Medicine
AMA/TMA/BCMS School of Osteopathic Medicine
Spanish Club School of Osteopathic Medicine
UIWSOM Direct Admit Program School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student National Medical Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
SOM Faculty/Administration Events School of Osteopathic Medicine
Learner Ambassador Program School of Osteopathic Medicine
UIWSOM Office of Student Affairs School of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Osteopathic Medicine Student Food Network School of Osteopathic Medicine
Christian Medical and Dental Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
Diversity in Medical Education School of Osteopathic Medicine
Multicultural Club School of Osteopathic Medicine
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
ExtrEMis School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Osteopathic Medical Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
Psychiatry Interest Group School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Interest Group - Neurology School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics School of Osteopathic Medicine
Art in Medicine School of Osteopathic Medicine
Catholic Medical Association Student Section School of Osteopathic Medicine
Muslim Student Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Advocate Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons School of Osteopathic Medicine
Women in Osteopathic Medicine AMWA Chapter School of Osteopathic Medicine
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Osteopathic Surgical Association School of Osteopathic Medicine
Women's Health Organization School of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Osteopathic Medicine Academy of Pediatrics School of Osteopathic Medicine
Sports Medicine Interest Group School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hematology-Oncology Interest Group School of Osteopathic Medicine
Street Medicine San Antonio School of Osteopathic Medicine
Anesthesiology Interest Group School of Osteopathic Medicine
Rural, Osteopathic and Austere Medicine School of Osteopathic Medicine
Big Brothers and Big Sisters School of Osteopathic Medicine
DOCARE International UIWSOM Chapter School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mentality Initiative to Nurture D.O.ctors School of Osteopathic Medicine
Beta Sigma Kappa Rosenberg School of Optometry
Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society Rosenberg School of Optometry
National Optometric Student Association Rosenberg School of Optometry
American Optometric Student Association Rosenberg School of Optometry
American Academy of Optometry Rosenberg School of Optometry
Student Texas Optometric Association Rosenberg School of Optometry
Private Practice Club Rosenberg School of Optometry
Low Vision and Rehabilitation Club Rosenberg School of Optometry
Student Volunteers in Optometric Services to Humanity Rosenberg School of Optometry
Canadian Association of Optometry Students Rosenberg School of Optometry
Contact Lens Society Rosenberg School of Optometry
College of Optometrists in Vision Development Rosenberg School of Optometry
Fellowship of Christian Optometrists Rosenberg School of Optometry
Sports Vision Association Rosenberg School of Optometry
American Society of Optometric Surgeons Rosenberg School of Optometry
UIWRSO Clinics Rosenberg School of Optometry
RSO Community Resources Rosenberg School of Optometry
RSO Student Government Association Rosenberg School of Optometry
Breathe Young Adult Group University Mission & Ministry
Music Ministry University Mission & Ministry
Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors University Mission & Ministry
Media Ministry University Mission & Ministry
Ecumenical & Interfaith Ministries University Mission & Ministry
Liturgical Ministries University Mission & Ministry
Peer Ministry Interns University Mission & Ministry
Accounting Society UIW Campus Engagement
Biology Club UIW Campus Engagement
Business Club UIW Campus Engagement
Chemistry Club UIW Campus Engagement
Chorale UIW Campus Engagement
History Club UIW Campus Engagement
Math Club UIW Campus Engagement
Club Ed UIW Campus Engagement
Doctoral Student Association UIW Campus Engagement
Ink UIW Campus Engagement
Economics Club UIW Campus Engagement
Society of Therapeutic Rehab Students UIW Campus Engagement
Pi Mu Epsilon UIW Campus Engagement
San Antonio Media Alliance Student Connection UIW Campus Engagement
Human Performance & Sport Management Organization UIW Campus Engagement
Pre-Dental Society at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
UIW's Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha UIW Campus Engagement
Tau Sigma Chi UIW Campus Engagement
Engineering and Physics Club UIW Campus Engagement
Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association at the University of the Incarnate Word Chapter UIW Campus Engagement
Sigma Tau Delta UIW Campus Engagement
Environmental Science Society UIW Campus Engagement
The University of the Incarnate Word American Marketing Association UIW Campus Engagement
Lambda Pi Eta-Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter UIW Campus Engagement
CIS/CSEC Student Advisory Group UIW Campus Engagement
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science UIW Campus Engagement
Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority UIW Campus Engagement
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority UIW Campus Engagement
Chi Phi Fraternity UIW Campus Engagement
Delta Beta Chi Sorority (DSD) UIW Campus Engagement
Delta Xi Nu Sorority Multicultural Sorority Inc. UIW Campus Engagement
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity UIW Campus Engagement
Kappa Sigma Fraternity UIW Campus Engagement
College Panhellenic Council UIW Campus Engagement
Interfraternity Council UIW Campus Engagement
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated UIW Campus Engagement
Omega Delta Phi UIW Campus Engagement
Multicultural Greek Council UIW Campus Engagement
Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Incorporated. UIW Campus Engagement
Omega Psi Phi, Men of Indignation UIW Campus Engagement
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Incorporated. UIW Campus Engagement
UIW Greek Life Office UIW Campus Engagement
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Zeta Upsilon Citywide Chapter UIW Campus Engagement
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. UIW Campus Engagement
Alpha Lambda Delta UIW Campus Engagement
Honors Program UIW Campus Engagement
Kappa Delta Epsilon UIW Campus Engagement
Society of Leadership and Success UIW Campus Engagement
National Society of Collegiate Scholars UIW Campus Engagement
Delta Mu Delta UIW Campus Engagement
Golden Key International Honour Society UIW Campus Engagement
Interfaith Student Organization at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Asian Culture Club UIW Campus Engagement
Saudi Student Club UIW Campus Engagement
International Students Association UIW Campus Engagement
African Student Organization UIW Campus Engagement
Black Student Alliance UIW Campus Engagement
Hispanic Student Coalition UIW Campus Engagement
Define American Chapter at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Korean Culture UIW Campus Engagement
Music Therapy Association UIW Campus Engagement
Pre-Pharmacy Association UIW Campus Engagement
Student Dietetic Association UIW Campus Engagement
Student Interior Design Experience at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Pre-Med Society UIW Campus Engagement
Nuclear Scientists' Association UIW Campus Engagement
Psychological Society UIW Campus Engagement
Student Nurses' Association UIW Campus Engagement
Fashion Society UIW Campus Engagement
Pre-Optometry Professional Society UIW Campus Engagement
Psi Chi (Psychological Honor Society) UIW Campus Engagement
Pre-Law Society at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Society of Interprofessional Students UIW Campus Engagement
Athletic Training Society UIW Campus Engagement
Healthcare Leadership Student Association UIW Campus Engagement
Tau Sigma Chi - Criminal Justice Association UIW Campus Engagement
Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization UIW Campus Engagement
AIGA University of the Incarnate Word UIW Campus Engagement
ISACA UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity UIW Campus Engagement
Lions International Club at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Catholic Daughters of the Americas: Daughters of the Incarnate Word UIW Campus Engagement
Cardinals for Kids UIW Campus Engagement
UIW NAMI on Campus UIW Campus Engagement
Fellowship of Christian Athletes UIW Campus Engagement
Amnesty International UIW Campus Engagement
Student Veterans of America UIW Campus Engagement
The FIRE UIW Campus Engagement
Music Industry Club UIW Campus Engagement
Redbird Anglers Fishing Team UIW Campus Engagement
Scuba Club at the University of The Incarnate Word UIW Campus Engagement
Society of ADCaP Students UIW Campus Engagement
College Democrats at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Stand Out Alliance UIW Campus Engagement
Anime Society UIW Campus Engagement
The Sisterhood UIW Campus Engagement
Women of the Word UIW Campus Engagement
Theatre at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
College Republicans at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
UIW Gaming Club UIW Campus Engagement
University of the Incarnate Word Film Club UIW Campus Engagement
Ignite National UIW UIW Campus Engagement
Robotics Club at UIW UIW Campus Engagement
UIW Sustainability Organization UIW Campus Engagement
Tabletop Painting Club UIW Campus Engagement
UIW Campus Engagement UIW Campus Engagement
Intramurals UIW Campus Engagement
Student Government Association UIW Campus Engagement
Campus Activities Board UIW Campus Engagement
Campus Engagement Center UIW Campus Engagement
Student Ambassadors UIW Campus Engagement
UIW Philanthropy Ambassadors UIW Campus Engagement
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee UIW Campus Engagement
KUIW UIW Campus Engagement
UIWtv UIW Campus Engagement
Women's and Gender Studies Student Club UIW Campus Engagement
LOGOS Student-Run Newspaper UIW Campus Engagement
Cardinals for Life UIW Campus Engagement
First Year Engagement Peer Mentor Program UIW First Year Engagement
Student Alumni Association UIW Alumni & Parent Relations
International Student Ambassadors UIW International Student & Scholar Services
SPS-METC-Military UIW School of Professional Studies
Club Powerlifting UIW Club Sports
Club Triathlon UIW Club Sports
Women's Club Soccer UIW Club Sports
Men's Club Soccer UIW Club Sports
Club Trap and Skeet UIW Club Sports
Women's Club Volleyball UIW Club Sports
Men's Club Basketball UIW Club Sports
Women's Club Basketball UIW Club Sports
Club Lacrosse UIW Club Sports
Men's Club Volleyball UIW Club Sports
Club Table Tennis UIW Club Sports
Women's Club Rugby UIW Club Sports
Women's Club Tennis UIW Club Sports
Men's Club Tennis UIW Club Sports
School of Professional Studies (SPS) Criminal Justice Society UIW Campus Engagement
Pride in Practice School of Osteopathic Medicine
UIW Cheer UIW Athletics
UIW Dance UIW Athletics

a group of fans at a UIW soccer matchThere is always a focus with inclusion in mind when deciding on Life Skills programming, community outreach projects, what is displayed on social media, and SAAC initiatives. The events featured in this list were initiated by the Life Skills Department. Starting in Fall 2018, Athletics mandated Title IX and Student Conduct Education for every team at the beginning of the year. The Life Skills Department always discusses inclusion at the beginning of the year meetings with every team. Community service initiatives are intentional to assist low-socioeconomic parts of San Antonio as well as diverse populations. SAAC consistently features diverse representatives and leadership. Awards nominations that Life Skills assists with always feature diverse student-athletes.

Life Skills Programming