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Finding Solutions for Inequities in Education

Vitalvoices Presents Dr. Ann Ishimaru


By Marie Jacinto

Ishimaru_headshot 2022A powerhouse of research and information, Dr. Ann Ishimaru tackles systemic inequities in P-12 education head-on. And then offers solutions. She advises that leadership plays a crucial role in transforming the longstanding racial injustices in U.S. public school policies and practices. Plus, the best solutions come about when those who are the most affected influence the decisions that create meaningful change. 

Ishimaru is definitely a vital voice and not one to miss! Learn how marginalized communities can engage in our education systems in meaningful ways from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at “Equitable Collaborations with Families & Communities in Schools.” This event will be held virtually via Zoom and in person at UHD’s College of Public Service, Room C100. Register online.

Thursday evening is just a precursor to the “big” event, a mini-conference providing professional development for family and community engagement school district leaders from across the Houston region. From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Ishimaru will be joined by UHD and University of Houston faculty as well as members of Latinos for Education. Register online.

The v​italvoices Speaker Series serves as a forum to bring scholars and practitioners alike to speak to students, faculty, alumni, and community partners at UHD’s College of Public Service. Featured speakers’ work is interdisciplinary and touches on the fields social work, criminal justice, and urban education. Learn more at www.uhd.edu.

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.