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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.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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 60,000 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 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.