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University System Staff Executive Council (USSEC) Meeting Update

UHD Staff Council

University of Houston-Downtown Staff Council President Caroline Smith and President-Elect Tremaine Kwasikpui joined other leaders at the University of Houston System Staff Councils (USSEC) Executive Council meeting at the University of Houston-Victoria recently to discuss issues, resources and successes.

USSEC exists to support the UHS mission by recognizing staff as an integral part of UHS, by promoting UHS staff issues through a positive and meaningful exchange of ideas. In addition, the USSEC provides positive collaboration between campuses concerning staff issues and support the need for systemwide staff development.

Some common themes from the meeting evolved as Staff Council representatives from University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Victoria and University of Houston-Downtown discussed issues and possible solutions. The themes discussed were staff pay structures, career ladders and the UH System intention to develop a remote work policy. The meeting ending with a group photo, campus tour and plans for a spring 2022 meeting hosted by the UH System main campus.

“By working collaboratively with the Staff Councils across the system, we can present a more representative and unified voice to the Board of Regents. It is great to see that, overall, UHD’s Staff Council is a leader amongst our peers. The other campuses were appreciative to hear about our standing committees, funding for professional development, and open relationships with the president and university administrators,” Smith said.

Smith thanked UHD Staff Council Representatives in attendance including Krysti Turnquest, Edith Arredondo and Tremaine Kwasikpui. Some representatives attended the meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams.


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.