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Conference Info

4th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute: Theme: Linking social determinants of

health to health disparities and cultural inclusion

April 25, 2017 - Pre-Conference 12:30-5:00 pm

An interactive workshop on "How to Survive and Thrive in Academia"

  • Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, CPH, RN, FAAN, Duke University School of Nursing
How to Survive and Thrive in Academia

This workshop will focus on increasing participant’s competency in surviving and thriving in academia. The facilitators of the session will present information regarding benchmarks used to assess success in academia, how to engage in career development activities, the art of negotiation, and wellness strategies that can help optimize success. Skills building activities will be incorporated to build participant capacity. Perspectives from both a nurse academic leader and Dean, and a junior faculty member will be presented.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.    Discuss benchmarks for success in academia according to the tripartite mission- research, education, and service

2.    Identify ways to engage in research, education, and service that will promote academic careers

3.    Demonstrate negotiation strategies that can be used to help ensure access to resources to secure success

4.    Discuss strategies to sustain wellness in academia

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Speaker Info

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with diverse Latino and Mexican populations, and health promotion and health disparities. She incorporates a community-based participatory approach and has been the PI/Co-PI of over eight randomized clinical trials on reducing high risk behaviors in teens. She developed one such program to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth – entitled Cuídate! which is disseminated nationally.

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN, joined DUSON’s faculty effective July 1, 2016 and is a member of the Division of Healthcare in Adult Populations. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda comes to Duke from the University of Miami School of Nursing where she was co-director of the Training and Community Cores of their school’s P60 Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, which is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health. She was also the PI of an NIMHD-funded training grant (T37) that aimed to educate and nurture the next generation of health disparities scientists from underrepresented minority groups. She employs mixed methods and community-based participatory research approaches to understand the intersection of intimate partner violence, HIV and mental health among Hispanics in the U.S. and to address health disparities experienced by this group through culturally tailored interventions. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda was one of the five nurses who served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the landmark Future of Nursing Report (2010), was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice (NACNEP) and served on the steering committee of the FL Action Team on the Future of Nursing. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda is an alumna of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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Continuing Education

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners.

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Hotel Information

The host hotel is the historic Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, one of the “must see” places in San Antonio. This historic landmark hotel is located next door to the Alamo. The Menger’s special aura may be traced to this hotel’s role as host to some of the most important and colorful people of the past. “O’Henry” favored the hotel and included it in several of his works. General Robert E. Lee rode his horse, Traveler, into the lobby. General Ulysses S. Grant tipped a few at the Menger Bar. President Eisenhower enjoyed strolling the gardens. It was the San Antonio home of Sarah Bernhardt, Judge Roy Bean’s Lilly Langtry, and movie star Mae West. In the 19th century wing, there are unique Victorian-style lodging rooms that have been preserved and are available by special request. The fabulous Menger Bar is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders for the Spanish-American War.

                          $120/night (local/state taxes apply) available until April 5, 2017

                                                        Phone: 800-345-9285

                                             Reference Cultural Nursing Conference

                                                            April 25-27, 2017

                                                         Call 1-800-345-9285

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Things to do in San Antonio

Experience San Antonio's diverse culture of authentic foods, music and art represented by Old Mexico, the Wild West Native America, Germany, Africa and the Deep South. The host hotel is just a stone throw away from the Alamo. The Riverwalk provides the visitor a cool shady haven to take a leisurely stroll along the river's edge where you will find vendors, boutiques, and nightclubs or just relax in a peaceful and quiet corner in a park like setting. The narrated trolley's or horse-drawn carriages provide a relaxing yet informative atmosphere to take in San Antonio's culture, history, and charm. Take time to visit the Alamo cruise down the beautiful Riverwalk on a barge or take a leisurely stroll through Hemisfair Park to the Institute of Texan Cultures (lots of walking) or explore the Guadalupe Cultural Center (10 minute Taxi) and Mexican Cultural Institute. Spend time at Market Square for a taste of old Mexico, offering a variety of food and more than 50 specialty shops. Browse La Villita, San Antonio's oldest surviving settlement, dating from the 1750's, to view the artists and craftsmen, shops, and restaurants. Rich in culture, San Antonio is home to a remarkably diverse community. Cuisine, as well as the art and cultural events in San Antonio are beautiful reflections of this diversity. Come for the conference, but stay for the fun.

San Antonio Weather

Other Attractions:


River Tour by ADA Accessible barge 

San Antonio Trolley 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas 


Splashtown Water Park 

Schlitterbahn Water Park 

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Registration Policies

Payment Options: Payment must be made by credit card at the end of the online registration. We are not accepting check payments. If credit card payment is not made (or special code is used) your registration will be deleted and there will be no record of your information kept in the system.

Attendee Cancellation, Substitution, Refund: The conference registration fees are not refundable. You may send a substitute if you are unable to attend; notify us no later than April 20th. Please email gutierrezc8@uthscsa.edu to inform her of this change.

Guest Attendance Policy: All conference activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for conference attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the conference areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

DLL Conference Modification or Cancellation: DLL reserves the right to modify the course’s schedule or program as necessary. DLL also reserves the right to cancel this conference, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

The Department of Lifelong Learning cannot be held responsible for the cost of a nonrefundable airline ticket or flight change in the event of a course cancellation or the rescheduling of the program. Upon registering in any continuing Nursing Education activity, the participant agrees that the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and their affiliates, and all personnel associated with the program are not responsible or liable for any injuries or other damages sustained by the attendee in connection with the scheduled activity, and the participant hereby releases each of them from any claims against them arising directly or indirectly from any such injury or damage. We are unable to refund any travel costs (flight, hotel, etc.) in the case of DLL cancellation.

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