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Van Horn Nominated for Houston Center for Literacy Board

leighvanhorn Associate Professor Leigh Van Horn

Leigh Van Horn, associate professor of urban education, was recently nominated to the advisory board for the Houston Center for Literacy, a non-profit urban literacy coalition, created by the Mayor and City Council to coordinate adult and family literacy services in the Greater Houston area.

According to their mission, HCL acts as the Mayor's liaison to literacy programming in Houston by supporting the Mayor's Coalition for Literacy, an association of more than 50 organizations offering literacy services. The organization distributes the annual Mayor's Challenge Grant to accredited literacy organizations across the city, and provides professional development courses, classroom resources, best practices, and volunteer recruitment and placement.

"I was pleased to be nominated by Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores for this important role and look forward to serving the City of Houston in this capacity," Van Horn said. "I feel that this is an excellent opportunity to engage with others in the community who are dedicated to addressing the critical issues pertaining to literacy. I also hope to heighten awareness in the community to the University of Houston-Downtown and the work that all of us are doing here."

The nominees will likely been formally appointed May 15 at the City Council meeting at City Hall.