One Word: Enlightened

The University of the Incarnate Word aims to educate men and women through awareness, experience, opportunities, discussion, discernment and reflection, who will become concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community.

Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Racial Bias Resources

The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability (ECCLS), in collaboration with Mission and Ministry, Student Life and several other student support services on the UIW campus, are committed to building a positive, supportive, inclusive and collaborative environment. We strive to provide opportunities and experiences for our student body and campus community that are focused on equity, dignity, truth, faith and education. We have gathered various resources that we believe can further enhance and support efforts toward inclusive excellence and foster a more welcoming and supportive campus climate.

This page will be updated regularly with resources to support the personal, academic, professional and spiritual growth of the campus community and provide learning opportunities to broaden our mind and spirit.

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties (PEW)
Being Black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause.

Racism and Health (American Public Health Association)
Racism structures opportunity and assigns value based on how a person looks. The result: conditions that unfairly advantage some and unfairly disadvantage others. Racism hurts the health of our nation by preventing some people from attaining their highest level of health.

Breaking the Silence: Time to Talk About Race and Racism (Academic Medicine)
The authors argue that before any curriculum on race and racism can be developed for health professions students, and before faculty members can begin facilitating conversations about race and racism, faculty must receive proper training through intense and introspective faculty development.

Remembering Freddie Gray: Medical Education for Social Justice (Academic Medicine)
The authors propose that medical school curricula should address such concerns through an explicit pedagogical orientation. Antiracist pedagogy and the concept of structural competency—to construct a curriculum oriented toward appropriate care for patients who are victimized by extremely challenging social and economic disadvantages and who present with health concerns that arise from these disadvantages.

Justice in June (
This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace's oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community.

Social Justice Standards (Teaching Tolerance)
The Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.

Immigration and Refugee Awareness Art Contest 2021

Bring awareness to the global issue of migrants, immigrants, and refugees. The theme is "Human Dignity Knows No Borders."

Allowable Art Mediums

The contest is based on Catholic Social Teachings and Universal Declaration of Human Rights on migration issues. Submissions must respond to a quote or idea from one of the two messages placed on a theoretical basis. Participants may submit their "art project" utilizing one of the following mediums:

  • Photography
  • Art mural
  • Video (40-60 seconds), and/or
  • Poetry

Theoretical Basis: Catholic Social Teachings or Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Due to the recent winter weather, the deadline has been extended to Monday, March 1, 2021 by 5 p.m.. Please email final submissions to

Recognitions and Awards

Congratulations to all the students who submitted their artistic impression to bring awareness to Immigration, Migrants, and Refugees as part of the 2021 Inaugural Art Contest. The winners for this year’s competition as per the panel of judges is as follows:

College/University Level ($250)

  • Ruby Filoteo-University of the Incarnate Word

High School Level ($150)

  • Heaven Castillo (12th Grade)-Holy Cross High School

Middle School Level ($100)

  • Elena Ramirez (8th Grade)-St. Anthony Catholic School

Elementary Level ($100)

  • Joslynn Villarreal (5th Grade)- St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School

Honorable Mention ($50)

  • Gianna Ranallo-Moreno (1st Grade)-Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
  • Hope Bernal (8th Grade)-Holy Cross Catholic School

Again, we want to thank all the schools, parents, and students who participated this year and look forward to the 2nd Annual Art Contest scheduled for February 2022.

Participant Notice

All participants who submit and participate in this art contest authorize UIW, the Ettling Center and ministries of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to utilize the "art" project in marketing, publications, advertisements, and other communication mediums including social media to bring awareness to the global issue of migrants, immigrants, and refugees.

Need more information?

Contact a member of the Ettling Center staff at (210) 283-6423 or, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.