UHD Participates in MLK Day Events
By Paige Caldwell
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory by supporting those in need and promoting pride in the community.
Each year on the third Monday in January, the nation commemorates the lasting legacy of the civil rights activist.
Here in Houston, the MLK Grande Parade will celebrate its 25th anniversary of honoring the noted leader beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21.
The one-mile procession will kick off in Houston's Midtown at Elgin and San Jacinto Streets and head northbound. Joining the parade will be UHD’s Cheer Team and Gatorettes Dance Team. The Gator mascot also will be in attendance. It will be the fifth year that UHD’s spirit ambassadors participate in this event.
“It has been a great experience and opportunity to be involved in these types of citywide events,” said UHD cheerleader Elizabeth Trujillo. “It promotes not only institutional pride, but also pride for the city of Houston, all while honoring the great Dr. King and everything he stood for.”
Also held annually on MLK Day is the National Day of Service. In observance, approximately 100 Gators will volunteer in Houston’s Fifth Ward community for UHD’s bi-annual GatorServe event.
Online registration is still available for volunteers, who will meet at 8 a.m. at Bryce-Dorian Park (2000 Erastus St.). From there, volunteers will disperse in the nearby neighborhood to complete a wide range of service projects focusing on providing assistance to elderly residents within the area.
The GatorServe event, coordinated by UHD’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, is open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, and families are welcome to volunteer.
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.