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CHSS Hosts More Timely Conversations in July


By Sheryl E. Taylor

For July, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) continues its two virtual series “Coffee With Experts In The Industry” and “Let’s Talk About It.” The UHD Community is invited to join these timely conversations.

“Our vision for this series is to offer expertise and enlightenment,” said Guillory. “The purpose of these weekly conversations is to help students process, historicize and contextualize this moment in our nation within a safe space. Our students, more than ever, deserve the best parts of all our collective knowledge and experience.”

Let’s Talk About It
Hosted by CHSS Assistant Dean Crystal Guillory, this virtual series is at 6 p.m. every Thursday in July. The Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) continues its partnership with the CHSS, in offering virtual social justice programming in response to the murder of Houstonian George Floyd.

July’s “Let's Talk About It” series lineup will feature film discussion from Time Magazine’s list of “12 Movies to Watch to Educate Yourself About Racism and Protest History, Recommended by Experts.” All of these films have themes that explore anti-Black racism, systemic racism, protest/grassroots organizing for social justice change, police brutality, and the prison industrial complex.

Let's Talk About It
I Am Not Your Negro Documentary Discussion 
Crystal Guillory, CHSS Assistant Dean

Dr. Serie McDougal III, Professor of Pan-African Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
July 30
6 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 967 6655 1445

Coffee With Experts In The Industry
A Conversation with Healthcare Administrator
Willie Payton Jr., Supervisory Management & Program Analyst of Clinical Practice Office
Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center

July 31
3 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 914 4675 9058

“Working with CCESL in this effort with Dr. Poonam Gulati (CCESL and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biology) and Caroline Smith (Assistant Director of CCESL) have been extremely supportive and encouraging of this programming that reaches beyond the walls of UHD,” said Guillory.“I look forward to future collaborations to continue to support our students, faculty, staff and UHD community partners during these emotionally heightened and racially divisive times.”

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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.