UIW Cardinal Student Athletes Engagement

There is always a focus of inclusion when deciding on Life Skills programming, community outreach projects, what is displayed on social media, and SAAC initiatives. The events featured on this page 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 with every team. Community Service Initiatives are intentional to assist low- socioeconomic parts of San Antonio, as well as diverse populations. For sake of time, community service is not heavily discussed in this list. SAAC consistently features diverse representatives and leadership. Awards nominations that Life Skills assists with will always feature diverse student-athletes.

Life Skills Programming

once love escalation conferenceProgramming

  • 9/4/2019: Freshmen International SA Meet and Greet
  • 9/18/2019: The Power of Persistence, Faith and Action
  • 10/2/2019: Minority Mentor Program Meet and Greet
  • 10/9/2019: Hispanic Heritage Alumni Panel
  • 10/15/2019: Escalation Workshop
  • 11/5/2019: LGBTQ Info Session for Student-Athletes
  • 11/6/2019: LGBTQ Info Session for Coaches
  • 12/5/2019: Minority Mentor Program Values Session
  • 2/19/2020: Minority Mentor Program Back to school Event
  • 2/25/2020: The Different Voices of Power Event
  • 3/17/2020: Women’s Empowerment Event (cancelled because of COVID-19)
  • 3/23/2020: Minority Mentor Program Emotional Intelligence Session (cancelled because of COVID- 19)

presenters before a whiteboard in a conference roomSocial Media

  • September–October: Hispanic Heritage Student- Athlete Features
  • February: Black History Month Student-athlete Features


  • August: UIW/UTSA San Antonio Food Bank Collab
  • October: Participated in NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign Week
  • December: Led a Toy Drive for Boysville of San Antonio
  • February: Led Classroom adoption project for MLK Academy
  • 10/2/2019: Word Wednesday – Domestic Violence
  • 10/22/2019: SAAC Escalation Workshop
  • February: Valentine’s Day service project at the Village
  • April: Word Wednesday – Sexual Assault
  • June: Group wrote and posted Black Lives Matter Statement on social media

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  • 9/5/2018: Helped plan Black Student Orientation, guest spoke on the importance of mentors of color 
  • 10/24/2018: Escalation Workshop 
  • 1/31/2019: Ethnic Minority Mentor Program Launched
  • 2/18/2019: The Invisible Struggle of Mental Health in Communities of Color 
  • 2/26/2019: Mentorship for Women
  • 4/16/2019: Escalation Workshop 
  • 4/30/2019: FCA Worship Night; helped relaunch FCA program on campus 

five students posing around a conference tableSocial Media

  • September– October: Hispanic Heritage Student-Athlete Features
  • October: Domestic Violence Social media campaign
  • October: LGBTQ History Month Social Media Post
  • October: National Disability Employment Awareness Post 
  • November: Native American Heritage Month Social Media Post 
  • February: Black History Month Student-Athlete Features
  • March: Women’s History Month Student-Athlete Features 
  • April: Sexual Assault Awareness Social Media Campaign 

3 student athletes posing around a christmas donation boxSAAC

  • October: NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Week
  • December: SAAC Angel Tree for Catholic Charities
  • 10/3/2018: Word Wednesday - Healthy Relationships
  • April: 30 Days of SAAM social media campaign
  • 4/9/2019: Word Wednesday - Sexual Assault Awareness

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  • 9/12/2017: Study Abroad Session
  • 10/5/2017: Words Matter Session
  • 10/17/2017: Escalation Workshop
  • 10/25/2017: Escalation Workshop 
  • 2/12/2018: Coach Education Series: Microaggressions 
  • 2/21/2018: Dare to Dream Panel 
  • 2/29/2018: Changing the Narrative: Rachel Baribeau
  • 4/28/2018: Healthy Relationships workshop 

a group of student athletes posing in front of a presentation screenSocial Media

  • October: Domestic Violence Social Media Campaign
  • February: Black History Month Social Media Campaign
  • March: Women’s History Month Social Media campaign
  • April: Sexual Assault Social Media campaign
  • May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Social Media Campaign
  • June: Pride Month Post


  • December: SAAC Cardinal Crates for local elementary
  • 10/4/2017: Word Wednesday - Domestic Violence, fundraiser for Family Violence Prevention Services
  • 2/7/2018: Word Wednesday: ItooAmUIW
  • 4/3/2018: Word Wednesday SAAM

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  • 9/13/16: Cultural Competency Session
  • 10/11/16: Healthy relationships
  • 11/8/16: Gender Socialization and Stereotypes
  • 11/16: Inclusion 101 session
  • 3/21/17: Athlete Ally Presentation for Coaches
  • 3/21/17: Athlete Ally Presentation for Student-Athletes
  • 3/28/17: Impact over Intent Session
  • 4/5/17: Laws, Culture, and Consent
  • 4/12/17: Healthy Relationships
  • 4/18/17: Bystander Intervention
  • 4/27/17: Violence in the Media

a group of student athletes posing with signs that say, "not in my nest"SAAC

  • SAAC Cardinal Crates for local elementary school
  • SAAC Canned Food Drive for SAFB
  • SAAM Not in My Nest Pledge

Programmingstudent athletes posing around a christmas tree surrounded by presents

  • 8/26/2015: Diversity and Inclusion 101
  • 9/1/2015: Diversity and Inclusion 101