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Gator Grit Speaker Series Kicks Off Sept. 20


By Cynthia Gonzales

The first lecture of this year's Gator Grit Series will spotlight Latinas in Leadership, featuring local entrepreneurs.

UHD's Gator Grit Speaker Series highlights regional leaders, showcasing examples of grit that inspires courage, resolve and tenacity within both UHD and the Houston community.

The event, now in its second year, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thurs., Sept. 20 in the Welcome Center's Tour Room. The panel, moderated by UHD Alumna Paula Mendoza, president & CEO of Possible Missions, and University of Houston System Regent, will feature:

  • Mariselle Quijano, McDonald’s Franchise Owner & UHD Alumna
  • Christina Morales, President of Felix & Angela Morales Memorial Foundation

Event Details
Thursday, Sept. 20
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tour Room, UHD Welcome Center
RSVP: Latinas in Leadership

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.