Wednesday, February 6, 2019

By Victoria Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 6, 2019 – The UTRGV School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling has initiated a new program called Leadership Now, open to undergraduate female students majoring or minoring in rehabilitation services and counseling.

The program, which is funded by Procter and Gamble, provides training in leadership development, to include:

  • Individual mentoring.
  • Attendance to a statewide leadership conference.
  • Completion of a group leadership community project.

 “Undergraduate women who will graduate after fall 2019 are selected for this mentoring program,” said Dr. Bruce Reed, professor and director of rehabilitation services and counseling at UTRGV. “They will develop their own leadership skills through training and will have individual interactions with a high achieving mentor. They also get an all-expenses-paid trip to a women’s leadership conference in Austin.

“The knowledge and contacts they’ll make in this program will benefit each participant in the long term as their careers develop,” he said.

To apply for the program, visit the rehabilitation services office on the Edinburg Campus at EHABW W1.266, or contact Paola Rivas at for an electronic application. 

For more information, contact Reed at, or call (956) 665-7036. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.