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Gators Safely Serve in the Community to Honor MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was Monday, but University of Houston-Downtown students got a headstart on honoring the memory of the iconic Civil Rights leader.

Approximately 22 students assembled on Saturday, Jan. 16 for community service projects at the Japanese Gardens at Hermann Park and Mission Milby Community Center. Their efforts were made possible through the annual GatorServe initiative, which connects UHD to the community through service projects.

Volunteers were required to maintain safe distances from each other and wear face coverings while working in both locations.

GatorServe is conducted twice a year to honor MLK Day and the memory of those who lost their lives during 9/11. The event is made possible through the efforts of UHD's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL).

"At CCESL, we believe that engaging in community action continues to solve social problems and volunteering can unite individuals of all ages and backgrounds while building stronger communities," said Caroline Smith, Assistant Director of CCESL. "I am grateful to work with volunteers practicing safe distancing while volunteering to show the importance of serving the community in which we live."


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 60,000 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 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.