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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) 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.