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Call for Creatives and Volunteers

Two Black History Month Events Need You!


By Laura Wagner

The UHD Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) is calling for volunteers for two very special Black History Month events:

harlem nightsHarlem Nights Event:  3 p.m., Feb. 21, One Main Building, 11th Floor

Calling all creatives—if you’ve been waiting to shine a light on your talent, wait no more. Harlem Nights wants you at this Harlem Renaissance-themed showcase designed to spotlight the talent in the UHD community. CDI is looking for student, faculty, and staff performers—singers, poets, creative writers, musicians, and other creatives. If you have a talent, join us in this one-of-a-kind event. In the words of Savasia Mangual, Program Coordinator for CDI, “Harlem Nights is a chance to honor the creatives that came before us and feature the talents of today in a 1920s-style jazz club vibe!” (Jazz hands optional.)


harvest prep eventBHM Read A-loud: 12:30 p.m., Feb. 24,  Harvest Preparatory Academy Elementary School 

The CDI will escort a small group of UHD members to the Harvest Prep Academy to read the New York Times bestseller, “Because You Matter,” by Tami Charles. Volunteers will also conduct an art activity with the students. “This event is an opportunity to pay it forward in some community work and for a day inspire the minds of young scholars,” said Mangual. 

There are limited spots for this event. Transportation is provided to and from the school location. If you want to perform or volunteer or have questions about the events, email Savasia Mangual at manguals@uhd.edu

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.