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UHD Faculty Member Natacha Poggio Earns Fulbright Scholar Award

Earlier this month, UHD News announced that Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor of Arts & Communication in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, was named a Fulbright Alternate. Recently, Poggio received the news she’d been hoping for: her candidate status had changed from “Alternate” to “selected” for the 2022-2023 award. Natacha Poggio

As a Fulbrighter, Poggio will head to Guayaquil, Ecuador — a port city known as a gateway to the Galapagos Islands — where she will be working with students at the Universidad de las Artes. Her dream is to empower students and community members to become informed environmental advocates.

Poggio will travel to Ecuador not once but twice in 2022 – first in the summer to execute a project under a Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant, then again in the fall to conduct her Fulbright project. 

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.