A Culture of Caring: UHD and Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2023
By Marie Jacinto
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2023 is Nov. 11-18, and UHD’s Basic Needs Department has big plans for drawing attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness in our community.
Student success is the number one priority of UHD’s Strategic Plan, and over the last year, the Basic Needs Center evolved from online services to a physical suite of offices on the second floor of the One Main Building. The following events reflect the commitment of UHD to serve the needs of its students as it recognizes the challenges that many of our neighbors face in finding affordable housing, health care, and healthy food.
Changing the Trajectory of Hunger and Homelessness Through Basic Needs
11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 2023
TDECU Tour Room
Join the Basic Needs Department as we kick off Hunger Homelessness Awareness Week by showcasing the remarkable progress of the department and its impact on our students. Seating is limited to the first 100 guests and a live stream option is available through Zoom.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Resource Fair
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023
The Basic Needs Department will host a resource fair with community partners who provide emergency housing, affordable housing, and family resources. The UHD community is also invited to donate nonperishable canned food items to support students in need.
UHD Health Fair
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023
Room ACAD A300 and One Main Building Portico
Sponsored by Sports and Fitness, the Wellness Committee, and the Houston Food Bank, the UHD Health Fair aims to educate the campus community on health and wellness issues to promote better health outcomes. The fair offers fitness assessments and demonstrations, free food distribution, and valuable information about health and wellness services.
Women’s Health Lecture Series
1-2:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023
TDECU Tour Room
In partnership with The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, UHD will host the semiannual Women’s Health Lecture Series. The series is a monthly event focusing on various health topics including human trafficking, heart health, healthy eating, anxiety, grief, reproductive health, and more. This event is spearheaded by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.