UHD College of Public Service Dean Earns Social Justice Award
By Mike Emery
Faculty, staff and students at the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Public Service (CPS) continue to earn honors and awards for their commitment to helping their fellow Houstonians. This week, another member of the College’s community will be recognized for service and scholarship supporting both civil rights and civic engagement.
Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Dean of the College of Public Service, is being honored during the Society of Counseling Psychology Division 17 Business Meeting. He will receive the esteemed American Psychological Association (APA) Social Justice Award. He is the first faculty member from UHD to earn this honor.
This award recognizes those professionals whose work exemplifies a commitment to effective counseling psychology and to supporting disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged or oppressed groups.
“I am very honored to receive this award as I have dedicated my career to social justice initiatives, fighting oppression and promoting equity,” Schwartz said.
Despite the pandemic, he will accept this award virtually during the APA Virtual Conference. He has been recognized as the APA previously with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dean Schwartz arrived at UHD in 2019. As a scholar, he has focused research and writing on social justice, men and masculinity and prevention of interpersonal violence. He also previously led an institute focused on advancing community engagement through service learning mainly focused on educational equity. At the University, he has continued to support and promote community and civic engagement in CPS. Among the initiatives he has supported since his arrival are the Lab for Equity in Action, the Financial Coaching and Economic Stability Lab, the Department of Urban Education’s participation in US PREP and the Call Me Mister program, and the formation of an Urban Education Advisory Board.
“I chose to come to UHD because it was the perfect place to continue to pursue my passion for community engagement and social justice with like-minded colleagues,” Schwartz said. “Particularly, in this time in the world, it's important to take a stand for justice and this award is encouraging to continue equity work.”
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.