12:32 PM

Event Kicks Off Annual Give To Gators Campaign

The Give To Gators Faculty & Staff Annual Giving Campaign hosted a kick off breakfast on Monday, Feb. 14 in on the South Deck of the One Main Building.

Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Akif Uzman, UHD Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; UHD President Loren Blanchard; and Sandra Jacobson, Manager of Annual Giving.

“The collaboration and support of our valued faculty and staff are the foundation for success of the University of Houston-Downtown’s students,” President Blanchard said. “Through the Give To Gators Campaign, many Gator colleagues take the extra step to further invest their charitable giving in our students' academic lives and their future.”

Over the past decade, faculty and staff have donated more than $500,000 through the campaign. Collectively, these gifts provide financial support for student scholarships and program development and offers donors to support any gift fund at UHD. This campaign offers donors the option to select which scholarships and programs to support.

“As someone who served on the Employee Giving Campaign at my previous institution, I know how important it is to say to our community partners how invested we as UHD employees are to giving back to our own institution,” said Kristina Raymond, UHD’s Director of Transfer Relations and Joint Advising. “All it truly takes is a donation of $1 from each employee to be able to show the community we are 100 percent invested in this institution and its students.”

Employees are able to make their pledges and gifts to the college, department, program or scholarship of their choice via:

For more information about the Give To Gators Campaign, contact Sandra Jacobson, Manager of Annual Giving, University Advancement at jacobsons@uhd.edu or visit Give To Gators.


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.