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GatorServe 2021 Honors 20th Anniversary of 9/11


Each year on Sept. 11, the University of Houston-Downtown family comes out in full force for a day of service, or GatorServe. This year's event was especially mindful of this day in U.S. history.

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, 149 students, faculty, staff members, alumni and community parners assembled to honor the memory of those who lost their lives during that day's tragic events. Among those in attendance was UHD President Loren J. Blanchard and Texas historian 1st Sgt. Ret. Donald Williams. Staff from Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis' office also were on hand to provide support.

Campus groups that volunteered at this event included the Student Government Association, the UHD Women's Soccer Team and the Beta Sigma Chapter of the Omega Delta Phi faternity.

Volunteers met at the Finnigan Park Community Center, then walked to the nearby Evergreen Historic Negro Cemetery to plant flowers, lay mulch and attend to this aging burial site in the Fifth Ward.

"My father always told me that we are called upon to do two things," said  President Blanchard. "To love ... and to serve. We are doing just that this morning."

The volunteer effort was coordinated by UHD's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning in collaboration with the Why Not Legacy Group, Project R.E.S.P.E.C.T and Harris County's Precinct 1. Lunch was provided by Kitchen HTX.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.