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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) – 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 61,000 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 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.