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2021 vitalvoices Spring Season Continues With "Becoming A Coffee Bean: Finding the Opportunities in Adversity"


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Center for Public Service & Community Research, in the College of Public Service, continues its vitalvoices spring season with “Becoming a Coffee Bean: Finding the Opportunities in Adversity” 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.

The virtual webinar features UHD’s Damon West, Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice, who shares how he exchanged the American Dream for a dystopian nightmare. Far from the glory of quarterbacking his college football team, roaming the Halls of Congress or trading on Wall Street, his addiction to meth and subsequent multi-million-dollar crime spree delivered a life-sentence in a Texas maximum-security prison. A seasoned convict shared an allegory with him that changed his life. It taught him that, like a coffee bean, the power to change any situation comes from inside you, not the forces outside of you. Join the conversation to learn how Damon went from serving Life in a Texas maximum-security prison to teaching Prisons in America at UHD.

To attend the March 4 event, register here.

The next vitalvoices is April 8.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.