Second Annual Men of Color Symposium: Oct. 26
By Sheryl E. Taylor
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Houston Community College (HCC) are hosting the second annual Men of Color Greater Houston Area Collegiate Symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in the Academic Building, Third Floor.
This year’s theme, “Overcoming Hurricanes: A Hurricane of Men,” is designed to educate students on topics that dispel the school to prison pipeline, support leadership and career and community development and collegiate success.
The event, hosted by HCC’s Men of Honor and UHD’s Men of L.EG.A.C.I., will feature keynote speaker, Pierre Campbell, founder and CEO of the Leadership Network, Inc., and author of “Simple Intelligence G.O. Get Optimistic: How Acronyms and Affirmations Can Truly Work to Your Advantage.”
- Anthony Thomas, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Ringer Gloves
- James Colbert, Superintendent, Harris County Department of Education
- Jeffrey Wallace, President & CEO, Greater Houston Black Chamber
- David Miree, Regional President & Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
- President Muddassir Siddiqi, President, Houston Community College Central
- Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, President, University of Houston-Downtown
UHD and HCC are collaborating to host local schools, colleges, universities, and community organizations in taking part to bring students and leaders together to effectively engage men of color in creating pathways for success for students and professions in the K-20 environment.
The October symposium will specifically review solutions to support students and leaders as they evaluate outcomes for continued success to share with institutions and organizations to support communities, dispel the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce the collegiate dropout rate.
Admission is free for UHD, HCC faculty, staff and students; however, seating is limited.
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.