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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.”

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.