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​​​​Student Symposium on Clear Communication (SSCC) at UHD​

November 10, 2022  ​
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.​
Virtual Meeting​​
Passcode: 103493​


Keynote Speaker, Lucha Morales​

Keynote Speaker is Lucha Morales, Content creator for the City of HoustonLucha Morales is an award-winning writer with a decade of experience in content creation for the City of Houston. Morales graduated in 2021 with her master’s degree in Technical Communication from the University of Houston-Downtown. In 2012, she joined the city as an intern and quickly put her knack for storytelling to use highlighting city employees who keep the city wheel turning. Now as a senior communications specialist, she works with key stakeholders from various city departments to create internal communications for more than 20,000 city employees. As a mom of three, she strives to create a work-life balance that suits her love for family and public service.


What is the purpose of the event? 

The purpose of the Student Symposium on Clear Communication (SSCC) is to offer you, the student, an opportunity to share your work related to clear communication as it applies to your disciplines. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you can showcase your research and creative activities related to clear communication and improve your presentation skills for academic and career success. Only competitively selected projects will appear in the symposium.

What is clear communication?

​​Clear communication is defined as communication that is understood on the first reading by the general public.
Effective Communicators​:​

  • adapt communication to the needs of a specific audience to achieve different strategic goals,
  • create readable, accurate, usable, and accessible products,
  • use various concepts and theories of clear communication to​ maximize understanding, and
  • clearly present results of research and creative projects that report findings on the efficacy of clear communication strategies.​

Who can participate?

Individual students or a team of students from any discipline can present their research and creative works during the symposium. The symposium is open to both UHD students and those from other colleges and universities.

What are the benefits of participating in the symposium?

The symposium offers an opportunity for you to present professional quality work to the UHD community and beyond. It enriches your resume and allows you to build new connections with other students, faculty, and participating working professionals.

You will also have a chance to win one of three awards ($200 per project individual or collaborative) in the following categories:

  • Best Research Project in Clear Communication
  • Best Presentation on Concepts in Clear Communication
  • Best Product in Clear Communication​

Acknowledgments: The symposium is organized and sponsored by the Institute of Plain English Research and Study (IPERS) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown​.


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​​Submit an Abstract​​

Deadline October 10​, 2022​​


Attend Sessions​​​
Passcode: 103493

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Symposium Chairs:

Dr. Ashleigh Petts, Assistant Professor, Technical Communication, Department of English
Dr. John Rountree, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Department of Arts and Communication
Dr. Natalia Matveeva, Professor, Communication Studies, Department of Arts and Communication

Last updated 11/30/2022 1:54 AM