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Election Public Deliberation: ‘How Should We Decide What Speech Is Acceptable/Unacceptable on Social Media?’


By Marie Jacinto

Want to get to know the mayoral and city council candidates in the upcoming election? The UHD Center for Public Deliberation is hosting its “Election Public Deliberation” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, in Room A-300. Lunch will be provided, and registration is required.

The topic to be deliberated is “How Should We Decide What Speech Is Acceptable/Unacceptable on Social Media?” This deliberation aims to foster mutual learning between the candidates and those they seek to represent. All participants will talk and listen in five, small-group rounds.

“This gathering is an opportunity for Houstonians to engage with each other as well as candidates in meaningful conversations on a topic that affects us all,” said Dr. Windy Y. Lawrence, Professor and Director of the Center for Public Deliberation. “Participants do not need to be experts to join in these discussions, and the candidates will be both listening to others and offering their ideas.”

While the event starts at 11 a.m., doors will close at 11:30 a.m. to help prevent late arrivals or outside noise from distracting the extended discussions. For more information, visit www.uhd.edu/cpd.

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.