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UHD Experts Available to Address Critical Race Theory, COVID Anxiety, Texas Voting


Contact: Mike Emery, UHD Director of Communications

Experts from the University of Houston-Downtown are available for media interviews to address the following topics: the ongoing debate regarding critical race theory in schools; anxiety self-care as the pandemic continues to cause worry and stress; and the implications of the proposed Texas Voting Bill on voters of color.

  • Critical Race Theory Debate: Faculty members from UHD's Center for Critical Race Studies (Dr. Vida Robertson and Dr. Jonathan Chism) can help explain the concept of critical race theory and offer insights on its importance for students, Additionally, UHD Urban Education Professor Dr. Jerry Wallace and Communication Studies Professor (and former K-12 educator) Dr. Darius Benton can address how restricting critical race theory in schools will impact curriclum or classroom engagement.
  • How to Manage Anxiety as Pandemic Slogs On: With universities reopening this fall and more people returning to work, there is underlying worry and anxiety among Americans (particularly as variants begin to emerge). UHD Social Work faculty members Drs. Liza Barros-Lane and Dawn McCarty can discuss how to practice self-care to help ease stress on a daily basis.
  • Texas Voting Bill: As legislators hash out a voting bill in Texas that would restrict drive-thru voting and extended voting hours (in addtion to other measures), UHD Center for Critical Race Studies faculty members (Drs. Robertson, Chism and others) can address the proposed bill's impact on voters of color.

Experts are available as their schedules permit and interviews can be scheduled by contacting Mike Emery, UHD Director of Communications at emeryp@uhd.edu or 281-794-4824.


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.