Meet & Greet the Candidates and Walk2Vote
Voter Engagement Events Set for Oct. 23
By Emily Conrad
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), Student Government Association (SGA) and the university's Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) will host a Meet & Greet the Candidates followed by the seventh annual Walk2Vote event on Oct 23.
The Meet & Greet event gives students the opportunity to engage with local candidates and discuss issues affecting the community. Candidates and students will participate in 15-minute roundtable discussions. The event will be held 9-11:30 a.m. in Academic Building, Room A300.
Dr. Windy Lawrence, director of the CPD, explained that the Center is dedicated to improving civic engagement among students and encouraging conversations about critical issues.
“Civic engagement is about more than just voting," Lawrence commented. "The space we are designing at UHD encourages interactive conversation that informs and engages both those who are represented and those who represent.”
Immediately following Meet & Greet the Candidate, SGA will host Walk2Vote on the Portico.
This popular event is open to the community and features speeches, food, and music before SGA and participants walk to the Harris County Law Library to cast their votes during early voting.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Councilmember Karla Cisneros (District H) will be in attendance. DJ Ernie will provide the music while UHD Greek organizations and cheerleaders entertain the crowd.
Local community partners include Mi Familia, Baker Ripley and Texas Freedom Network.
Christina Glenn, SGA Senator for the College of Public Service, has been involved with Walk2Vote for two years.
“Walk2Vote is important because it gets college students as well as the community more involved and civically engaged,” Glenn said. “A plus is you don’t go alone. There are so many people who do the walk that will be right beside you.”
Now a nationwide event at many college campuses, Walk2Vote began at UHD in 2012. The event is the culmination of a months-long effort to raise political awareness among students and get them registered to vote.
Scheduled guests for Meet & Greet The Candidates (updated daily):
- Derrick Broze
- Tony Buzbee
- Naoufal Houjami
- Sue Lovell
- Victoria Romero
- Johnny Taylor
- Roy J. Vasquez
- Chris Brown
- Orlando Sanchez
City Council, At Large Position 1
- Larry Blackmon
- Raj Salhotra
City Council, At Large Position 2
- David W. Robinson
City Council, At Large Position 3
- Marcel McClinton
City Council, At Large Position 4
- Tiko Hausman
- James Joe Joseph
City Council, At Large Position 5
- Michelle L. Bonton
- Sallie Alcorn
City Council, District A
- Mehdi Cherkaoui
City Council, District C
- Amanda Wolfe
- Gladys House
- Sean Marshall
City Council, District D
- Carla Brailey
- Rashad Cave
- Nissi Hamilton
- Ken Moore
City Council, District E
- Sam Cleveland
City Council, District H
- Isabel Longoria
City Council, District J
- Andrew Patterson
- Nelvin Joseph Adriatico
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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.