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CCRS Fall Symposium Focuses on Race, Politics, Culture

On Oct. 27, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) presented the 2020 Fall Symposium on Race, Politics, and Culture, with opening remarks from Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins and a panel discussion moderated by CCRS Fellow and Assistant Professor of History Dr. Jonathan Chism. This discussion addressed many pressing concerns such as safety at the polls, voter suppression, election security, celebrities in politics, and how Harris County residents can exercise their right to vote.

The event is available to view on the CCRS website and the Center's social media platforms: Facebook and YouTube.

Panelists included the following:

Dr. Annie Johnson Benifield, Vice President of Voter Services - League of Women Voters-Houston Area

Natalia ‘Nata’ Cornelio, Attorney and Candidate for Judge 351st District Court Harris County

Tarah Taylor, UHD Alumna and Democratic Precinct Chair

Roxanne Werner, Director of Community Relations - Harris County Clerk’s Office

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 Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree 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.