UHD Recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month
The University of Houston-Downtown will showcase members of the Gator Community during National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.
The observance began nationwide in 1968 when the U.S. Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration.
- UHD’s Mariachi Band (Mariachi Los Caimanes)
- UHD Center for Latino Studies
- Latinas Achieve
- Paula Mendoza – UHD Alumna, CEO of Possible Missions and former University of Houston System Regent
- Mariselle Quijano – UHD Alumna, Owner/Operator-McDonald’s Restaurants
- Ed Gonzalez – UHD Alumnus, Harris County Sheriff
- Angel Quesada – UHD Alumnus, Artist
UHD is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education with more than 50 percent of its students identifying as Hispanic. As a federally-designated HSI, UHD has long hosted programs and initiatives focused on the Hispanic experience locally and globally. UHD is home to the Center for Latino Studies, as well as a Latino Studies Minor (offered through the College of Humanities & Social Sciences). Additionally, members of the UHD community are involved with organizations such as the Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education (seeking to address Hispanic issues in higher education) and student organizations such as Latinas Achieve and the Association for Latino Professionals in America. Additionally, programs in UHD’s Department of Urban Education such as Camino a la Universidad provides mentoring opportunities to Latina middle school students, and the E-Book Library offers young students (who speak Spanish as their first language) free bilingual online texts as reading resources.
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.