Get Involved
Get Involved
Africa TripThe student-driven Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is a wonderful way to develop your character, faith and knowledge of other cultures while helping people in need. Get involved today by contacting these student groups or advisory board members.

Student Board of Directors

The Student Board Members are current UST students form various departments that run all program operations including: fundraising, grant writing, loan allocation and so much more. The board members create the foundation for meaningful and successful change.

UST SEP Ambassadors

UST Social Entrepreneurship Program Ambassadors are volunteers who play an integral part in assisting the student board members in general program operations. Student ambassadors serve a one-year term, and a student may be an ambassador for as long as they wish.

Advisory Board

The SEP Advisory Board provides a pool of experienced advisors and experts to work with and guide the Student Board of Directors. The SEP members truly appreciate the advisors and their continual support.

Rogelio Garcia-Contreras, Ph.D.

Faculty Coordinator, Social Entrepreneurship Program

Assistant Professor, Center for International Studies

Hans Stockton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Center for International Studies

Linda Pett-Conklin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Center for International Studies
Director, Sigma Iota Rho

Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE
Assistant Professor and Chair, Environmental Science and Studies

Pierre Canac, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cameron School of Business

Ravi Srinivas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Director, Master in Liberal Arts Program

Randall Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Theology

Claudia Arguelles, Alumni

Joe Konkel, Alumni

Kiley Rester, Alumni

Amanda Duhon, Alumni
Advisor to the Student President
SEP President, 2007-2008

Honorary Board Members

Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D.
Hashoo Foundation, 2009

Dr. Muhammad Yunus, joint winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, first conceived of microcredit initiatives in the 1970’s. In 1983 Yunus established the Grameen Bank in order to extend microcredit and fight poverty in Bangladesh. His pioneering work in international microcredit programs has brought thousands out of impoverishment and into the economy as empowered self-supporting entrepreneurs. During Yunus’ 2008 Houston visit to address the World Affairs Council, he and UST President Dr. Robert Ivany officially made the first UST SEP loans.

Cristal Montanez Baylor
Director of Hashoo Foundation

Sr. Aurora del Rivero Heredia
Director of Fundacion Ayuda para Ayudar

Ulyses Balderas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for International Studies
Director of Study Abroad

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