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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) – 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.