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vitalvoices 2021-2022 New Season Begins August 31


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Center for Public Service & Community Research's first vitalvoices event of the 2021-2022 season kicks off on August 31 addressing the history of voting rights issues in the United States and why this discussion matters now.

Featured guest is Dr. Suzanne Pritzker Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. Joining Pritzker will be UHD's faculty members; Dr. Liza Lane, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Dr. Elizabether Gilmore, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justica and Dr. Diane Miller, Assisant Professor of Literacy in the Department of Urban Education.

Pritzker began her professional career as a policy advisor for the Virginia Secretary of Education and as an analyst for the Virginia General Assembly. With a frontline view of the policy-making process, she developed a passion for educating and empowering vulnerable populations to participate in— and influence—public policy development and implementation. Her scholarship investigates how young people become civically involved and practice interventions to increase their empowerment and their engagement. Pritzker's research has focused on the impacts of interventions such as community-based participatory research, in the form of Photovoice, and service learning on youth’s civic engagement.

Register here for this virtual event with password: Vote2021.

Learn more about Voting Rights Matter.



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.