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ESO Hosts Two Virtual Workshops For Faculty & Staff


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Dedicated to ensuring faculty and staff have access to informative opportunities that encourage success and wellness, UHD Employment Services & Operations (ESO) is hosting two virtual workshops May 25 and 27.

The first, “Anxiety & Stress Relief” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 with Delphi Medina, Manager of UHD Counseling Services and member of the University’s Behavior Intervention Team, will offer ways to combat anxiety and stress when it occurs.

According to the American Psychological Association, “There’s a fine line between stress and anxiety. Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. The trigger can be short-term, such as a work deadline or a fight with a loved one or long-term, such as being unable to work, discrimination, or chronic illness. People under stress experience mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. Anxiety leads to a nearly identical set of symptoms as stress: insomnia, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, and irritability.”

Register here for the “Anxiety & Stress Relief” Zoom workshop.

Recently, UHD President Loren J. Blanchard hosted a “Return To Campus Town Hall” for the UHD Community, which addressed the upcoming plans for a gradual return to campus by faculty and staff beginning in June.

The second virtual event, “Plan Your Return: Strategies For Transitioning Back to the Office,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27. UHD’s Dr. Susan Henney, Professor of Psychology (who also is featured in the latest issue of UHD Magazine) and Dr. Angela Goins, Lecturer of Social Work will provide best practices for self-care and transitioning your household and loved ones when returning back to the office.

Register here for the “Plan Your Return: Strategies For Transitioning Back to the Office” Zoom workshop.


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 60,000 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 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.