Gators Serve In San Antonio
Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning Students Give Back
Earlier this month, students wtih UHD's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) traveled to San Antonio for a service project at Haven for Hope (H4H) Community Center.
H4H is an inclusive, holistic campus that relies on volunteers to provide programs and services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. The program focuses on four core values: radical compassion, servant leadership, driven by hope, and pursuit of excellence.
The group's trip also encouraged camaraderie and connections with UHD students and staff. The two-day experience left a lasting impact with the participating students. Thirteen Gators, including seven freshmen particpated in the service trip.
Freshman communications major Madelin Castro pointed out that “Being homeless can happen to anybody. We should all come together to help.”
“Even though the San Antonio service trip lasted two and half days, it had the same impact on me as my weeklong service experience in Ecuador," noted CCESL Peer Mentor Isbah Khan, a senior graduating with degrees in mathematics and philosophy. "I witnessed students reacting similarly—with positivity and empathy. I learned a great deal about the services and assistance required to help individuals suffering from homelessness. Seeing how H4H operated as a community to ensure individual needs are met left me inspired to bring one-on-one assistance to my own community.”
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.