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Gator Grit Series Kicks Off With East End Legislators


By Mark Kramer

A new year of the Gator Grit Speaker Series will kick off with a Legislative Wrap-Up featuring State Sen. Carol Alvarado and Rep. Christina Morales from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 in UHD’s TDECU Tour Room.

This is the third year of the speaker series, which highlights regional leaders who showcase examples of grit that inspire courage, resolve and tenacity within both UHD and the Houston community.

Alvarado and Morales will update guests on recent legislative actions and provide information from the State Capitol of interest to their constituents. UHD Political Science lecturer Dr. Edgardo Colon will serve as moderator for the event.

Alvarado was elected to the District 6 Senate seat during a special election held in 2018. During her campaign, she participated in a debate with her challengers that was hosted by UHD. She served as District 145 Representative in the Texas House of Representatives from 2009 until she assumed her Senate post. In addition, Alvarado served on the Houston City Council from 2002 to 2008. She is a native Houstonian and longtime resident of the city’s East End.

As State Senator, Alvarado’s primary focus has been economic development, public health and public education, along with strengthening the state’s workforce and regulating criminal justice reform.

Morales, the granddaughter of late well-known and beloved Houston civic leader Felix Morales, was elected as State Representative for District 145 in Spring 2019. Her previous leadership experience includes serving as a commissioner for the City of Houston Planning Commission and as a board member for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Houston Independent School District Foundation, the Houston Community College Foundation, the East End Foundation and the Denver Harbor Seniors.

Morales’ main objectives as a member of the House is on the creation and support of legislation that helps educate the children of her district and protect the seniors in her community.

To attend the event, please RSVP.

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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.