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UHD Experts Available to Address Air Rage, Critical Race Theory, Holiday Shopping, Parents' Anxiety in the Wake of Gun Violence

The following experts are available to address issues including increasing air rage incidents and Entitlement, banning children’s books that "might" suggest critical race theory, holiday shopping and supply chain issues, and anxiety after recent Houston school shooting.

Experts are available as their schedules permit. To schedule interviews, contact Mike Emery at emeryp@uhd.edu / 281-794-4824 or Mark Kramer at kramerm@uhd.edu / 832-967-8789.

Air Rage = Entitlement: More incidents of air rage are affecting airlines and passengers across the nation. UHD's Dr. Kristin Anderson can provide perspective on how entitlement (or simply not wanting to follow the same rules as everyone else) is at the heart of unruly behavior in the air and on the ground.

Banning Children's Books That "Might" Suggest Critical Race Theory: A school in Katy, Texas, recently canceled a virtual discussion with children's author Jerry Craft and removed his books from its library because the work was thought to promote Critical Race Theory. Dr. Vida Robertson, Director of UHD's Center for Critical Race Studies, and other scholars are available to discuss this topic and address the definition of Critical Race Theory.

Headstart on Holiday Shopping: Black Friday deals are already being promoted and some experts recommend getting a jump start on gift shopping due to supply chain issues created by the pandemic. Assistant Professor of Business Dietrich von Biedenfeld can address why businesses are betting on Black Friday this season and whether sooner is better than later for holiday shopping.

Anxiety After Recent Houston School Shooting: The on-campus shooting of a Houston school principal left students and parents shaken and anxious about returning to campus. Dr. Susan Henney, Professor of Psychology, can address the concerns and coping with the fears of this incident.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

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 60,000 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 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.