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2021 vitalvoices Spring Season Continues With "Becoming A Coffee Bean: Finding the Opportunities in Adversity"


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Center for Public Service & Community Research, in the College of Public Service, continues its vitalvoices spring season with “Becoming a Coffee Bean: Finding the Opportunities in Adversity” 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.

The virtual webinar features UHD’s Damon West, Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice, who shares how he exchanged the American Dream for a dystopian nightmare. Far from the glory of quarterbacking his college football team, roaming the Halls of Congress or trading on Wall Street, his addiction to meth and subsequent multi-million-dollar crime spree delivered a life-sentence in a Texas maximum-security prison. A seasoned convict shared an allegory with him that changed his life. It taught him that, like a coffee bean, the power to change any situation comes from inside you, not the forces outside of you. Join the conversation to learn how Damon went from serving Life in a Texas maximum-security prison to teaching Prisons in America at UHD.

To attend the March 4 event, register here.

The next vitalvoices is April 8.


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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.