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UHD to Participate in Houston Youth Voters' Conference


By Paige Caldwell

Voting is the key to democracy. It unlocks all of its powers that can only be accessed through exercising that right.

University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) Student Government Association (SGA) invites the UHD student community to participate in the inaugural Houston Youth Voters’ Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.15 at the Duncan and McMurtry Commons on the Rice University campus.

The conference, organized by Rice University students, brings together five Houston universities including UHD, University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Lone Star College. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion between students from different Houston universities.

Participants can expect to take part in bipartisan breakout discussions of political issues, meet with student club leaders and Houston organizations. Nonpartisan speeches will also be given by the student body presidents from each university.

"The Houston Youth Voters' Conference is a very important initiative to increase the voter turnout for college students,” UHD SGA President Armita Tajdod said. “Civic engagement is something that is near and dear to us here at UHD. I believe that as a University that really values this, we have a lot to bring to the table when it comes to collaborating with other Houston universities and sharing our methods of helping students to learn the importance of their vote."

The event also invites participants to register to vote, develop actionable ways to get students civically engaged and meet other like-minded youth.

The conference is free with an RSVP.

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.