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President's One Main Message: Election Day

Tomorrow is Election Day. If you have not already cast your ballot during early voting, I encourage you to take time to do so before the polls close.

As a reminder, UHD faculty and staff members are eligible for Voting Leave. Please consult managers and supervisors for additional details. Registered voters should also remember that ballots can be cast at more than 350 polling locations throughout the county. One of the closest polling stations to campus is at 1019 Congress Avenue (the destination of last week’s Walk2Vote).

During election season, the level of civic engagement on campus is quite impressive. A number of faculty, staff and students are routinely involved in events that promote participation in the electoral process.

This edition of the One Main Message will spotlight last week’s Walk2Vote and Candidate Meet & Greet events. Both are twice-a-year traditions at UHD that have served as models for civic engagement on other college campuses.

I am proud that UHD continues to inspire Houstonians to exercise their right to vote. Likewise, it is gratifying to witness the number of external supporters and candidates who visit our campus to discuss issues affecting our community and nation.

Candidate Meet & Greet
UHD’s Center for Public Deliberation facilitated an excellent exchange of ideas and information during last week’s Candidate Meet & Greet. The event brought dozens of candidates vying for local, state and U.S. offices to our campus for civil dialogue on important topics. I was pleased to see a solid turnout for this event and was particularly impressed by the number of candidates who participated. The Meet & Greet connected these candidates with both constituents and peers. According to Dr. Windy Lawrence, director of the Center for Public Deliberation, one candidate explained how the event provided opportunities for elected officials (and those running for public office) to align their goals and create prospective partnerships aimed at strengthening our communities.

Once again, UHD’s Student Government Association organized a procession to the polls during Walk2Vote (scheduled immediately following the Meet & Greet event). Local leaders, including Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, were on hand to lend their support to this event. I commend our student leaders for their enthusiasm and for continuing this tradition of encouraging their fellow Gators (and local community members) to vote.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.