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Meritza Tamez Hired as New Director for the Office of Disability Services

maritza-tamezThe University of Houston-Downtown welcomes Meritza Tamez as the new director of the Office of Disability Services. A native of Bryan, Texas, Tamez recently returned to the Houston area after earning her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Penn State. After graduation, she worked as a rehabilitation specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Tamez is excited to join the UHD team. "The director position is the perfect fit," she says. "It will give me the opportunity to use my past experiences in teaching, research and providing provisional services for people with disabilities to partner with our faculty and staff in creating a safe, confidential environment for our students.

"My goal is to make the Office of Disability Services visible and accessible as a resource, not only for UHD students, but for the entire community." Among other goals, Tamez has plans to establish a campus organization to promote awareness, empowerment and advocacy for all students, faculty, staff and visitors at UHD.

Dean of Students Sara Jahansouz is confident in the contributions Tamez will make to the UHD community. "We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Tamez to the Gator family. Her experience and education complement the needs for serving UHD students with disabilities. She is an exceptional addition to our student life department," she says.

For more information about the Office of Disability Services, call the office at 713-226-5227, email disabilityservices@uhd.edu or visit www.uhd.edu/disability/.