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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)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.