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Scenes From Gator Grit Series Sept. 20


By Sheryl E. Taylor

On September 20, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) hosted its first Gator Grit Speaker Series of the academic year, "Latinas in Leadership," which featured local entrepreneurs UHD alumna Mariselle Quijano, McDonald’s Franchise Owner and Christina Morales, president of Felix & Angela Morales Memorial Foundation.

The lecture was moderated by UHD alumna Paula Mendoza president &CEO of Possible Missions, and University of Houston System Regent. UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz opened the event with a few remarks on the series' guests exemplify that the "grit is in the deeds of what you do."

Now in its second year, the Gator Grit Speaker Series highlights regional leaders, showcasing examples of grit that inspires courage, resolve and tenacity within both UHD and the Houston community.

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.