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Special Event Explores Future of Houston, Latin American Business Collaborations Nov. 30

Talk Hosted by Marilyn Davies College of Business, Central American Chamber of Commerce

As the region’s most diverse institution of higher education, the University of Houston-Downtown has long worked in tandem with area organizations to support students from a range of cultural backgrounds.

As part of that commitment, UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business recently entered into a partnership with the Central American Chamber of Commerce-Camara de Comercio Centroamericana, to bring professional development opportunities to students and closer ties to the Central American business community of Houston.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, UHD and the Chamber are hosting a special event, “Houston and Latin America: Business Insights and Integration 2022,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the University’s Welcome Center. Chase Bank is serving as a sponsor for the event.

Topics of discussion will include potential trade agreements and possible business collaborations with a focus on the economic landscape of Texas, Mexico, Central and South America.

Event Speakers

  • Dr. Charles Gengler, Dean of UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business
  • Dr. Julio C. Canedo, UHD Associate Professor of Management
  • Percy Pelaez, President, Camara de Comercio Centroamericana.

Representatives from the consulates of Mexico, Central and South America have been invited to the event as well as Hispanic business owners in the community.

Canedo said through future workshops and information sessions, he hopes it will create interest in more internship opportunities locally and abroad, as well enhance business and collaborations with the Port of Houston and similar organizations in Latin American countries.

“Our students are growing their international exposure through this partnership,” Gengler said. “UHD is the premier Hispanic-serving University in the Houston area. Sharing history and culture with the entire population builds a sense of understanding and inclusion. This partnership certainly will benefit our students and the 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.