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UHD Faculty Member Natacha Poggio Earns Fulbright Scholar Award

UHD News recently announced that Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor of Arts & Communication in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, was named a Fulbright Alternate

Last week, Poggio received the news she’d been hoping for: her candidate status had changed from “Alternate” to “Selected” for the 2022 - 2023 Fulbright. Natacha Poggio

As a Fulbrighter, Poggio will head to Guayaquil, Ecuador — a port city known as a gateway to the Galapagos Islands — where she will be working with students at the Universidad de las Artes. Her dream is to empower students and community members to become informed environmental advocates.

Poggio will travel to Ecuador not once but twice in 2022 — first in the summer to execute a project under a Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant, then again in the fall to conduct her Fulbright project. 

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.