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The CPS Advising Center will be operating generally remotely, office hours will be opened on a limited basis. For advising support please contact your respective Advisor via email. For any academic related concerns or technical inquires, please utilize

We are here to support you to our fullest extent by offering virtual or phone appointments. Follow the links below to schedule your appointment.

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Guide to schedule an appointment (pdf)

The mission of academic advising in the College of Public Service is to assist students in relating their needs, values, abilities, and goals to the educational programs of Urban Education and Criminal Justice, and Social Work at the University of Houston-Downtown.​

There are three academic disciplines in CPS which offer undergraduate degree programs: the Criminal Justice Program, the Social Work Program, and the department of Urban Education (C-440). The Criminal Justice Program and the Social Work Program are within the same academic department, the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work, and are located in C-340 (Criminal Justice faculty), and in C-330 (a combination of Social Work and Criminal Justice Faculty).

The advisors of the CPS are located in the CPS Advising Center located on the 4th floor. Below is a summary. 

Last Name

CPS Advisor

​Contact Information
​Criminal Justice
​A through L
​Lee Smith

​ C-420
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​Criminal Justice
​M through Z
Tandra Semiens

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​Social Work
​A though Z
Justin Burton
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Urban Education
A through Le
Anna Esparza 
Assistant Director of Advising
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​Urban Education
​Li through Z
​Terrilyn Ratcliff
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​Urban Education Pathways Grant

​A through Z
​Tream Charvis
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​Urban Education Pathways Grant
UHD-LSCS Kingwood
A through Z - Kingwood Students 
​Tan Tidwell
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Many of the jobs in the Public Service sector may qualify for a federally funded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

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Register today! We look forward to working with you to tailor your academic program to your career goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the program advisor. For more information in applying at UHD, visit the UHD Admission page.

Last updated 6/5/2020 4:56 AM