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Community Partners Come Together at UHD

On Thursday, Sept. 1, the University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) hosted its inaugural Community Partners Fair in the Special Events room, A300.

The two-hour event showcased more than 35 Houston-area community organizations. More than 110 students and 30 faculty and staff members browsed tables and made connections with organizations involved in child and family services, environmental conservation, literacy, homelessness, criminal justice, healthcare and other industries.

"The goal of the fair was to connect UHD students, faculty and staff with community partners," said CCESL director Poonam Gulati. "Students from all colleges and representatives from student organizations signed up for volunteer opportunities and potential work study positions, while faculty and staff built relationships for possible partnerships, service learning projects, A+CE Courses and community service events."

Event organizers included CCESL director Poonam Gulati, CCESL assistant director Krysti Turnquest, AmeriCorps VISTA representative Christel Ijadimini, work study student Sixto Pina and administrative assistant Joyce Smith.