New Students Join Gator Correspondents Team
By Emily Christiansen
Six new students have joined the Gator Correspondents team, a social media initiative that allows students to share their daily campus experiences at UHD through either Instagram or Twitter.
The program began in 2017 and has quickly gained popularity on campus. Currently, nine correspondents are participating (with more to join this fall) and serving as social media ambassadors for the University.
Mike Emery, director of communications, described the importance of a student-centered view of the university on social media.
“Students are the eyes and ears of this university,” Emery said. “They can provide a unique lens into what’s happening in class, on campus and in our community.”
The program started out with two correspondents in 2017 and has continued to grow. Not only do correspondents post about daily campus life, but they also have covered university events, such as the 2018 candidate debates for U.S. Congress and Texas Senate District 6.
These campus correspondents gain social media storytelling experience, networking opportunities, and have the opportunity to be a voice for UHD from a student’s point of view. They cover a range of interests from Sports and Fitness to the Study Abroad program and Houston places they love. Recently, Gator Correspondents have been sharing their Study Abroad experiences from Costa Rica, India, Taiwan and China.
New correspondent Jessica Gonzalez, an Interdisciplinary Studies major, explained that being a Gator Correspondent means she can represent UHD and show how great it has been for her. She said when she transferred from Houston Community College, it was hard not knowing where anything was located, but other Gator Correspondents helped her find her way around campus.
Leboriah Chavez, an accounting and finance major, agrees that Gator Correspondents should help their fellow students.
“I wanted to become a correspondent because I wanted to help new, future and current Gators feel comfortable on campus,” Chavez said. “I wanted to spread awareness of the amazing opportunities UHD offers."
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.