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President Blanchard Invites Students to Share Feedback at Inaugural Brown Bag Lunch

University President Loren J. Blanchard held his Inaugural Brown Bag Lunch event with students to get to know their needs and vision for improving the University experience, as well as positive experiences that might be expanded.  

The lunch, which was held Friday, Dec. 3, addressed key issues that arose from the University’s Enrollment Management  Student Exploration and Future Needs Survey. Topics that rose to the top included parking, academic advising, financial aid, student engagement, customer service communication and counseling.  

Twenty students were nominated to participate by various areas including  Student Activities, Community Engagement & Service Learning, the Gator Success Center, as well as Men of L.E.G.A.C.I. — a campus program that aims to increase the retention and graduation rates of minority male students.  

David Ramirez, who is an English major expecting to graduate in Fall 2022, attended the lunch in hopes that his voice can help produce a positive impact for himself and his student peers. As a cis-gender male and member of the LGBTQ+ community, he wants to see more inclusive and diverse Greek life. He would also like to see more funding and support for campus student organizations with limited resources.  

“I felt that Dr. Blanchard was listening carefully to everything that students were saying as he genuinely wants to make sure that we, as students at the University of Houston-Downtown, are being heard and cared about,” Ramirez said. 

Dr.President Blanchard told students that the University remains committed to improving funding for UHD. 

“There’s a belief that we always have to do more with less, and that’s something we’re working to change,” Blanchard said. “I’m a firm believer that to do more, you need more. We are going to work on funding.” 

The President also addressed student concerns about job opportunities while balancing school and personal life.  

“It’s a constant reminder to me that we have to be deeply connected with the downtown community,” Blanchard said. “I’m a strong advocate that you get job opportunities at UHD, but also, our partners can help in hiring students so that they can stay involved and can focus on their studies at UHD.” 

The next Brown Bag lunch takes place on Jan. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students interested in participating can RSVP to SpecialEvents@uhd.edu.