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Gator Grit Speaker Series Goes Virtual for Conversation on COVID-19

'Virtual Conversation on Wellness' Scheduled for May 6


By Mike Emery

Compelling conversations have always been at the heart of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Gator Grit Speaker Series. In spite of classes being moved online and the majority of the campus community working remotely, the dialogue will continue as the popular event returns in a virtual setting.

UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz will present “Gator Grit: A Virtual Conversation on Wellness During COVID-19” at 2 p.m., May 6. The event will be conducted as a Zoom webinar. Attendees must register to attend.

Moderated by Ceshia Love, Interim Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, the event will feature information on staying healthy during the current pandemic.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Gabriela Bowden, associate professor of microbiology: General Information on Viruses, Prevention

  • Dr. Susan Henney, professor of psychology: Managing Anxiety and Stress

  • Dr. Liza Barros Lane, assistant professor of social work:  The Importance of Community, Communicating During This Pandemic

  • Melissa Crews, UHD Fitness Coordinator: Staying Fit at Home

  • Shay Tatum, Student Government Association President: Encouragement for Students

Many of the featured speakers have been recently interviewed by local media regarding COVID-19 and are now bringing additional insights to UHD’s students, faculty and staff.

The UHD Community is encouraged to submit questions in advance for these experts to coronavirus@uhd.edu with “Gator Grit Question” in the subject line.

This is the fourth year UHD has hosted the Gator Grit series which highlights regional leaders who showcase examples of grit that inspire courage, resolve and tenacity within both UHD and the Houston community.

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.