Annual Community Service Learning Conference

17th Annual CSL Conference
One Planet. One Health.
We are all connected.

Saturday, February 3, 2024
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Photos here!

To reduce waste, we ask to please bring your own coffee thermos and water tumbler.

Keynote Speaker

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
Clinical Professor and Director of Planetary Health
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Hear briefly from Dr. Potter on why you should attend this year’s CSL conference!


8:00-8:30 amRegistration / Breakfast with Community Partners
8:30-8:45 amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Melanie Stone, DrPH, MEd, Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Director of Community Service Learning, UT Health San Antonio
8:45-10:00 amKeynote Presentation: Planetary Health – A Hopeful Future for All
Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Clinical Professor and Director of Planetary Health, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
10:10-11:30 amPanel: Transdisciplinary Planetary Health Practices from the Field
Moderator: Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
11:30am-12:00 pmCommunity Partner Session Holly Auditorium Foyer
12:00-12:10 pmBreak / Pick up LunchHolly Auditorium Foyer
12:10-12:50 pmLunch Plenary: San Antonio’s 21st Century Challenge: Balancing Sustainability and Growth
Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio
Introduced by Jacqueline Lee Mok, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, UT Health San Antonio
12:50-1:00 pmPoster Session Opening Remarks
Leslie Omeire, Class of 2026, MD/MPH Candidate, Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
1:00-2:30 pmCSL Poster Session with Dessert ReceptionHolly Auditorium Foyer


  • To share best practices and scholarship in community service learning with a focus on the role of health care professionals in meeting the challenges of planetary health.
  • To bring together an interprofessional group of University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center students, faculty, and staff from across the state with community partners to foster service-learning collaborations.
  • To highlight existing UT Health Science System community service learning projects and future opportunities.
  • To recognize and reward excellence in community service learning within the UT Health Science System.

About the Conference

Community Service Learning (CSL) is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, mentorship and reflection.  UT Health San Antonio students address community-identified needs while learning about the context in which illness develops, connecting their academic coursework to real-life situations, and reflecting on their roles as future healthcare professionals.

The Annual CSL Conference at UT Health San Antonio originated in 2008 as an opportunity to learn from the CSL experiences of students, faculty, staff, and community partners in San Antonio and across Texas.  Each year, the conference focuses on a theme relevant to service-learning and hosts experts and guest lecturers, provides skill-building workshops, and showcases CSL projects through students’ poster presentations.

Presented by the Cheever Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in conjunction with an interprofessional planning committee, the conference is free and open to the community.

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:
Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
LINC (Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration)
Long School of Medicine
Office of the President
School of Health Professions
UT School of Public Health San Antonio

UT Austin College of Pharmacy Division of Pharmacotherapy

UT Health Houston in San Antonio