UHD, SGA Hosting Second Annual Houston Youth Voters Conference
The University of Houston-Downtown and the UHD Student Government Association are hosting the Second Annual Houston Youth Voters Conference in the Welcome Center from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct 4.
The conference is a collaboration between five Houston area universities: University of Houston-Downtown, Rice University, Prairie View A&M, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University and held at a different campus each year. The annual event is held to promote student civic engagement and educate voters.
UHD SGA Chief of Staff Alan Mudrow explained that participating in the conference is a great way for these Houston-area universities to connect and collaborate.
SGA president Shay Tatum explained some of the events that will take place during the conference.
“We will have a number of guest speakers including Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and other community leaders,” Tatum said. “We will also have workshops and breakout sessions focusing on civic engagement.”
In addition to Judge Hidalgo, other guests include Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman; Dr. Stephen Klineburg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Dr. Vida Robertson, director of UHD's Center for Critical Race Studies; and UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. During the conference, each of the participating schools will commit to registering a certain number of voters before the November elections.
Attendees may register for the conference here.
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 more than 15,000 students, boasts more than 64,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology. 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.