15:40 PM

Second Annual Men of Color Symposium: Oct. 26


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Event Flyer

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.”

Symposium Panelists

  • 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.


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.