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Mayor Parker Kicks off Planning for Citizenship Month 2015 with Reception

group photo of citizenship month planning committee

Mayor Annise Parker and First Lady Kathy Hubbard hosted an evening reception and planning kickoff event for the executive committee, chairs and honorary chairs of Citizenship Month in their home Thursday. Mayor Parker spoke about the event's mission and thanked the guests for their continued dedication to celebrating the many faces of Houston. Co-chairs Flores and Ortega-Hogue also shared remarks and expressed excitement for what is to come in 2015.

Citizenship Month is an annual volunteer-driven event series that celebrates Houston's cultural and civic diversity. In November, UHD - along with other local educational, community, faith-based and corporate organizations - will host events throughout the city that celebrate the many social and economic contributions and accomplishments of all people who call Houston home.

Dr. Noël Bezette-Flores helped to establish Citizenship Month in 2009, in an effort to promote inclusiveness, civic responsibility and service to community among Houstonians. UHD President Dr. Bill Flores will serve as co-chair for this year's event, along with co-chair Claudia Ortega-Hogue.

"Community engagement and service are cornerstones of UHD's mission to provide students with high-impact education experiences," said Flores. "The University's support and participation in Citizenship Month is one of our greatest contributions to the city of Houston."

Follow the updates to the Citizenship Month calendar of events and learn how to get involved on the event website and Facebook.