Using my journey in higher education to help others

By Adrian Gaspar At the University of Texas at Austin there over 51,000 students.  27 are former foster youth using their tuition waivers. I am one of them. My name is Adrian Gaspar, and I am a current Master’s student at UT Austin’s School of Social Work. Tied for 7th in the nation, let’s just say… Read more »

Life as an Undocumented Longhorn

by Anayeli Marcos I am one of the few who did not laugh at my professor’s joke about his favorite taco truck driver being deported.  I am one of the students who stood in line mortified during freshmen orientation because I could not get a student id card without a state issued id.  I am one… Read more »

Guide to Conducting Community Needs Assessments

Guide to Conducting Community Needs Assessments

Guide to Conducting Community Needs Assessment This guide is intended to assist communities applying for funding through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to prevent child maltreatment.  The guide is organized by steps communities can take to complete a needs assessment. While we present specific strategies to conduct a needs assessment, we recognize… Read more »

A brave, new conversation about teen pregnancy prevention

by Monica Faulkner Most people agree that we should try to prevent teen pregnancy. What we get bogged down in are the details: Do we teach kids about birth control? Or do we teach kids not to have sex until they are married? In honor of teen pregnancy prevention day, I propose a new conversation,… Read more »