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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)—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.