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Join Us For The Upcoming Gator Grit Series

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The upcoming lecture of this month’s Gator Grit Series will feature former United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

Now in its second year, the event will be 9-10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22 in the Welcome Center's TDECU Tour Room.

Native Texan Alberto R. Gonzales served as the 80th U.S. Attorney General under U.S. President George W. Bush and is the first person of Hispanic origin to hold this position. Prior to this role, he served Bush during his time as Texas Governor. Gonzales held the positions of General Counsel and Texas Secretary of State. He also served on the Texas Supreme Court. He currently serves as the Dean and Doyle Rogers Professor of Law at Belmont University.

Dr. Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the UH Law Center. He also directs the Institute for Higher Education and Governance at UH. From 2016 to 2017, Olivas led UHD as its interim president. He is a noted scholar and has authored many articles and book chapters on immigration law. Known as the Rock and Roll Law Professor, Olivas hosts the radio show “The Law of Rock and Roll.”

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 will be moderated by Michael Olivas.

To attend, RSVP.

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.