The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was formed in 2013, through a merger of The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas, Brownsville. UTRGV, a public research university, is home to the UTRGV School of Medicine, and runs an NCAA Division I athletics program. Notable alumni of its predecessor institutions include Chicana cultural theory scholar Gloria Anzaldúa, actor Valente Rodriguez, and former President and CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez.
UTRGV is committed to extending its resources beyond campus boundaries, into the Rio Grande Valley at large, and the university’s Division of Governmental and Community Relations partners with organizations and companies at the local level, in order to improve welfare in the region and provide opportunities for university research. The Division includes the university’s Nonprofit Resource Center, which also helps build connections among nonprofits in the Rio Grande Valley, while promoting partnerships between the community and the university.
UTRGV also hosts annual educational programs for K-12 students in the Rio Grande Valley, including the Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week, the Festival of International Books and Arts known as FESTIBA, the Charreada cultural celebration, and the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which has been held for more than 50 years.
In partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and in collaboration with HSF’s Rio Grande Valley Advisory Council, UTRGV has provided in-kind support, for both HSF Briefings and College 101. Each year, HSF Briefings introduce hundreds of strategic partners and supporters to HSF’s mission and programs, in cities across the US. College 101 is a free, bilingual, two-hour program that also takes place in cities nationwide, and provides valuable information and resources to high school students and their parents about how best to prepare, plan, and pay for college.