FLAGS Themes

Engagement Flag

August and September

We will connect students to a variety of support resources to build a relationship between the student and the university. By living in a residence hall, residents will be able to:

  • Join a UIW academic, interest, or social student organization
  • Locate and utilize different student support services
  • Feel welcomed in the UIW community
  • Participate in Welcome Week activities
  • Identify specific offices based on self-needs
  • Demonstrate UIW pride
  • Participate in Mass or other spiritual activities at the university
  • Establish guidelines, boundaries, and rules with roommates/suitemates
  • Build new friendships with students at UIW
  • Engage in healthy, positive relationships
Innovation Flag


We find ways to help individuals challenge the status quo of thinking in order to bring about excellence. By living in a residence hall, residents will be able to:

  • Identify his/her individual learning style
  • Use a planner or electronic calendar to effectively manage time
  • Converse with someone in a respectful manner who holds differing opinions
  • Research online journals, reference materials, etc. to form an opinion
  • Register to vote in any upcoming election cycles
  • Explore different facets of identity (gender, race, culture, religious, orientation, etc.)
  • Recycle clean cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, and plastic when able
  • Plant a personal garden
Faith Flag

November and December

We recognize the unique potential through the exploration of our spiritual selves, in putting a trust in something greater than the individual. By living in a residence hall, residents will be able to:

  • Identify elements of faith that are important to the individual
  • Explore different faiths present in the UIW/San Antonio community
  • Share personal faith journey
  • Participate in Mass or other Worship service
  • Explain the history and mission of UIW and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
  • Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in the same spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
  • Self-Reflect on their own spiritual journey
  • Commune at peace with the mission, history, and nature of the UIW campus
Truth Flag

January and February

We encourage the exploration of universal truths and justice for a world where all are provided equality. By living in a residence hall, residents will be able to:

  • Identify areas of inequality and personal privilege
  • Discuss inequalities or areas of systematic oppression with peers, parents, family, and colleagues
  • Discover and use their voice in topics of interest to student
  • Recognize different aspects of social justice present in the city, state, country, and world
  • Explore cultures outside one's normalized culture
  • Respect views and opinions that differ from personal views and opinions
  • Value differences and similarities found in friends, colleagues, and classmates
  • Contribute to the eradication of stereotypes and prejudices that exist in society
Service Flag


We challenge ourselves and each other to leave this world a better place. By living in a residence hall, residents will be able to:

  • Contribute four community service hours
  • Visit the Ettling Center for Civic Engagement
  • Work collaboratively with others on real problems
  • Identify problems in the community
  • Recognize the community and the greater common good in addition to individual needs and goals
  • Plan future actions to prepare for career
  • Bridge community service and career aspirations
  • Validate life choices as it relates towards service towards others

April and May

We assist our students in preparing for their careers of being agents of change through academic support and nurturing a community of academic excellence. By living in a residence hall, residents will be able to:

  • Attend one academic support session (tutoring, advising, TRiO, etc.)
  • Establish personal goals for the remaining year
  • Stop destructive/unhealthy behaviors (smoking, dipping, overdrinking, etc.)
  • Identify signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation
  • Answer interview questions with detailed, but succinct answers
  • Wash clothes with minimal bleed or remaining stains
  • Utilize skills necessary for independent living (basic plumbing, cooking, etc.)
  • Budget money with enough left to enter into savings