UHD Hosts Harris County Department of Education
College of Public Service Supports Professional Development
By Sheryl E. Taylor
UHD’s College of Public Service (CPS) is hosting the Harris County Department of Education (HDCE) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 13 and 14 to support teacher and staff professional development workshops.
This opportunity for the College is also an effort to support teacher education and social justice advocacy within the community. These HDCE employees will be facilitated by community partners and CPS faculty to provide the necessary development for teachers and staff members to effectively support students and adult learners who may face a variety of social, emotional, academic and behavioral challenges.
Members from UHD’s Urban Education faculty who will be participating include: Dr. Matt Fugate, Dr. Ash Tiwari, Dr. Bernado Pohl, Dr. Laura Mitchell as well as Steven Villano, director of UHD’s Center for Public Service & Community Research.
In addition, this collaboration supports recruitment and increased enrollment at UHD by providing paraprofessionals exposure to the University as well as the opportunity to learn more about CPS degree programs as they seek to further their education. CPS has already placed social work and criminal justice students within HCDE to complete field study hours as they earn their degree. HCDE supports more than 160,000 students and 47, 000 educators in 25 districts around Harris County.
“This collaboration with HCDE is essential for our communities. Their mission is our mission in the College as we work together to change lives long term,” said Dr. Jerry Wallace, assistant dean, College of Public Service and director of advising, recruitment and retention.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.