UHD Student Awarded at April Gulf-South Summit
By Sheryl E. Taylor
Thirty members of the University of Houston-Downtown community—students, faculty and staff—recently presented posters and presentations at the annual Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education this month.
UHD’s very own, Selena Garcia Palacios, received the “Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education-Undergraduate” award. Garcia, who is graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, was the only student recipient. She also received $1,000.
Hosted at Sam Houston State University, the regional conference—Community Leadership: Educating The Next Generation—educated attendees on how campus-community partnerships, community engagement projects, service-learning courses, and many other initiatives provide resources to help meet community needs and furnish applied learning experiences for students, developing future community leaders.
Conference participants hailed predominately from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. The mission of the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement.
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.