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First Gator Grit of Fall 2020 Addressing Education During COVID-19

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Gator Grit Speaker Series continues to present conversations on issues facing our community. For Gator Grit’s first fall event, educators and education professionals will come together virtually to address “Education During a Pandemic.”

Panelists will discuss the challenges of K-12 education during the age of COVID. Guests will include a who’s who of teachers and administrators from area school districts.

This virtual event will be conducted on Zoom at noon, Sept. 29. It will be moderated by Dr. Laura Link, Associate Dean in the Department of Urban Education and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy. Panelists include:

  • Katie Kavanagh, Assistant Principal, Spring Woods High School
  • Alejandra Villarreal, Dual Language Teacher at Harvey Brown Elementary, Channelview Independent School District (and a UHD alumna)
  • Dr. Javier Villarreal, Chief Human Resources Officer, Alief Independent School District
  • Juliet Stipeche, Director of Education for the Houston Mayor’s Office

This event is open to the community and advance registration is encouraged.


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.