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Keeping Downtown Safe: UHD Safety Conference Focuses on Campus Safety


By Marie Jacinto

In an uncertain world, two things are certain at UHD: Student success is the University’s number one priority, and caring for others permeates the culture. 

casey-davis-minThese two principles especially guide UHD’s Police Department. In the spirit of promoting campus safety, bridging the efforts of local law enforcement agencies, and protecting our downtown neighbors, UHD Police Chief Casey Davis, Ph.D., is spearheading the inaugural “Keeping Downtown Safe: UHD Safety Conference.”

The campus community is encouraged to attend this free, open-to-the-public conference on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in ACAD A300 and the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. With dynamic speakers and interactive demonstrations, the Safety Conference will be a “come and go” event with session topics in 30-minute blocks, but registering in advance is encouraged.

Coordinated by Lt. Vanessa Gay, the UHD Safety Conference will address such topics as:

  • Personal safety.
  • Behavioral health.
  • Campus safety.
  • Suicide prevention.
  • Reporting crime.

Speakers include Chief Davis; Detective Monica Fortson, Houston Police Department; Lt. Roy Guinn, Harris County Constable Pct. 5; and Naomi Berger-Perez, UHD Director of Counseling Services, among others. 

Demonstrations and information will be displayed by exhibitors, local law enforcement, and fire services on self-defense, gun safety, first aid, cyber safety, and more. 

“With downtown Houston as the backdrop to our campus, UHD is in a unique geographic location in terms of law enforcement and crime prevention,” said Davis. “Through our commitment to the UHD community in keeping every student, faculty member, staff member, and visitor safe, the UHD Police Department also works closely with our local law enforcement agencies to ensure a safer downtown.” 

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.