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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.