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What are our campaign priorities?

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A college degree is a game-changer that transforms the future for the UHD graduate and their entire family. But, for many promising students, financial need often deters them from their goals.

While 70 percent of all full-time UHD students qualify for financial aid, a gap remains between the cost of tuition, fees and student resources.

Together, we have the power to change the trajectory of a student’s future and open possibilities for them and their families.

Dr. Nancy Leveille joined the UHD faculty in 1983. With a 33-year career at UHD, she served as a dedicated teacher and a researcher in the area of mathematics education. The results of her career are found in math classrooms across the Houston region with teachers who engage and inspire their students and will continue through the Dr. Nancy and Dr. Jacques Leveille Mathematics Education Scholarship Endowment.

Jaques and I have never forgotten the financial support we received to help us obtain our degrees. We are confident that UHD students who are awarded this scholarship will benefit from our gift, and will go on to make contributions in math classrooms across the Houston region and beyond.

- Dr. Nancy Leveille

Community Engagement
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Partnerships with organizations and agencies throughout Houston allow our students to develop practical solutions to the city’s pressing issues while working alongside faculty, business leaders and non-profit professionals. Community engagement opportunities enrich the curriculum, enliven teaching and promote transformative learning.

UHD students are gathering water samples for a collaborative water quality project conducted by University of Houston-Downtown, Galveston Bay Foundation, and Houston Water Keepers for the City of Houston Health Department.

After the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, I remember feeling powerless about the situation and couldn't wait to go back to campus to see how I could help.

I jumped at the opportunity to participate in a project to help our city. This project is proof that despite being confronted with the most devastating of challenges, we are resilient enough to turn it into an opportunity to help our community. I’m very grateful for not just the science, but also the human aspect. Working with different kinds of people, learning from them, guiding them...sure, there are challenges, but each have helped me grow both as a scientist and as a person. I’m honored to have been part of such an amazing opportunity.

- Jacqueline Rocha
Recent UHD Graduate

Faculty & Facilities
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Within our walls, dedicated faculty and staff prepare students for tomorrow’s career opportunities and professions that are only imagined today. Such preparation is dependent on world-class facilities where science happens, where meaningful conversations occur, and where learning takes center stage. A new $73 million College of Sciences & Technology Building is the next step in expanding our campus footprint. But, our facility needs also include ensuring that our current infrastructure serves our students well.

Great universities host discussions about important ideas. UHD must be an institution where speakers and presenters provoke dialogue about topics that matter to our students and our city. With the support of the Cullen Foundation, the renovated Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium will provide a venue for those discussions.

- Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President

Last updated 10/24/2019 9:00 AM