Senators and Houston Legislators Join UHD Students for "Rock the Vote" Rally
UHD's Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a "Rock the Vote" rally on the South Deck this week to encourage students and community members to make their voices heard at the polls for Houston's 2013 mayoral election.
The rally celebrated citizens' right to vote and emphasized the importance of civic engagement during Citizenship Month Houston.
Representatives from community organizations including NALEO, League of Women Voters, Mi Familia Vota and Neighborhood Centers set up informational booths as part of the rally and joined SGA's efforts to drive students to vote. Attendees also heard inspiring speeches from Texas State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, Texas State Sen. John Whitmire, Houston City Council Member and UHD alumnus Ed Gonzalez, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and current UHD student Mike Sullivan, UHD President Bill Flores and SGA President Isaac Valdez.
In his welcoming remarks, Flores noted that Texas ranks 48th in the nation for voter turn-out and underscored that voting is a privilege and a responsibility of all citizens. He applauded SGA for planning the "Rock the Vote" rally and invited attendees to participate in other important Citizenship Month Houston events that highlight the importance of community engagement and volunteerism.