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College of Public Service Announces 2022 Social Work Person of the Year

Robin Cole, Founder of The Society of Justice & Equality, Named

As part of a UHD tradition since 2011, the College of Public Service announced its 2022 Social Work Per of the Year, Robin Cole.

Cole is the founder and president of The Society of Justice & Equality (S.O.J.E.S.) for the People of Sugar Land, which is an independent, non-profit community organization dedicated to historic preservation and educating the community about the contributions of African Americans in the creation and progression of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County, Texas. This includes commemorating and memorializing the Sugar Land 95.

Cole joins previous Houston honorees, including: Dr. Peter J. Hotez and Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, Former Harris County Clerk Chris Collins, Gringo’s Restaurant Owner Russell Ybarra, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Pulitzer Prize Winning Houston Chronicle columnist  Lisa Falkenberg, and BakerRipley President Emerita Angela Blanchard.

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.