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Center for Public Service & Community Research Hosts Inaugural Commerce Colloquium

“A Superintendent Roundtable” March 1


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Superintendents from five Greater Houston area school districts (Aldine, Houston, Spring, Spring Branch and Tomball) will join the Center for Public Service & Community Research’s inaugural presentation of its Commerce Colloquium with “A Superintendent Roundtable”, 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 at the College of Public Service, Room C100 and via Zoom.

The in-person and virtual event will feature special guest, Beatriz Ceja Williams, Division Director of the Hispanic-Service Institutions Division for the Houston Independent School District in the Office of Post-Secondary Education (U.S. Department of Education).

Moderated by UHD Urban Education student Monica Rodriguez, the roundtable will discuss the issues facing education, specifically in relation to the field of teaching. This colloquium will also look at the factors, trends and other external forces beyond the classroom that decision-makers and thought leaders wrestle with when shaping educational policy and practice.

“With this event we hope to provide our students as well as the community with a larger perspective of the intricacies involved in creating quality school that meet the distinct needs of our community,” said Steven Villano, Director, Center for Public Service & Community Research. “We see this as a responsibility not only to our students, but to the community as well.”

To attend this event live or via Zoom, register online.

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.