14:22 PM

We the Texans: A Symposium on the State of Democracy

Feb. 27 at UHD and Online

Texas is both central to America’s democracy and emblematic of its challenges and divisions. In the 2020 election, Texas ranked last in voter turnout, and other measures of civic engagement show a flagging faith in our institutions and systems. In response, The Texas Tribune has set out to understand the people and processes that uphold our state’s democracy and how Texas institutions can more effectively work on behalf of the state’s residents.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, at UHD in Room A300, The Texas Tribune will convene a diverse group of Texans and experts in multiple fields to discuss the state of democracy in Texas, what can be done to reinvigorate trust and encourage civic engagement, and how we can work together to solve challenges on local, regional, and statewide levels.

The symposium will start with a conversation about democracy at a national level and then turn to Texas-specific topics, including:

  • Voter turnout — and how to increase it.
  • The local media landscape — and how it’s helping or hurting.
  • How young Texans are making a difference — and changing the conversation.
  • Governing Texas communities and the challenges that come with it — especially at the local level.

This event is part of the Tribune’s yearlong We the Texans project to find out how Texans engage with government and feel empowered to make a difference in their communities.

The event will begin at 9 a.m., and lunch will be provided. Register here.


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.