UHD Social Media Recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month
The University of Houston-Downtown's official social media platforms will showcase members of the Gator Community during National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.
The observance began nationwide in 1968 when U.S. Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration.
- UHD’s Mariachi Band (Mariachi Los Caimanes)
- UHD Center for Latino Studies
- Latinas Achieve
- Paula Mendoza – UHD Alumna, CEO of Possible Missions and former University of Houston System Regent
- Mariselle Quijano – UHD Alumna, Owner/Operator-McDonald’s Restaurants
- Angel Quesada – UHD Alumnus, Artist
UHD is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education with more than 50 percent of its students identifying as Hispanic. As a federally-designated HSI, UHD has long hosted programs and initiatives focused on the Hispanic experience locally and globally.
The University also is home to the Center for Latino Studies, as well as a Latino Studies Minor (offered through the College of Humanities & Social Sciences). Additionally, members of the UHD community are involved with organizations such as the Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education (seeking to address Hispanic issues in higher education) and student organizations, such as Latinas Achieve and the Association for Latino Professionals in America. Additionally, programs in UHD’s Department of Urban Education such as Camino a la Universidad provides mentoring opportunities to Latina middle school students, and the E-Book Library offers young students (who speak Spanish as their first language) free bilingual online texts as reading resources.
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.