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First Gator Grit of Fall 2020 Addressing Education During COVID-19

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Gator Grit Speaker Series continues to present conversations on issues facing our community. For Gator Grit’s first fall event, educators and education professionals will come together virtually to address “Education During a Pandemic.”

Panelists will discuss the challenges of K-12 education during the age of COVID. Guests will include a who’s who of teachers and administrators from area school districts.

This virtual event will be conducted on Zoom at noon, Sept. 29. It will be moderated by Dr. Laura Link, Associate Dean in the Department of Urban Education and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy. Panelists include:

  • Katie Kavanagh, Assistant Principal, Spring Woods High School
  • Alejandra Villarreal, Dual Language Teacher at Harvey Brown Elementary, Channelview Independent School District (and a UHD alumna)
  • Dr. Javier Villarreal, Chief Human Resources Officer, Alief Independent School District
  • Juliet Stipeche, Director of Education for the Houston Mayor’s Office

This event is open to the community and advance registration is encouraged.


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.