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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) 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.