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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) 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.