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Past Community Engagement Grants

​Past Community Engagement Grant Projects

​Fall 2016

Cosplay for Kids

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​Students in this project prepared events for patients in children's hospitals and assisted living centers. UHD students dressed as superheroes and acted out scenes from volunteer-written stories and included patients in the acting as well. Since it's inital student grant, Cosplay for Kids has been active in the Houston area as well as internationally and is now a student organization at UHD. The project was initiated by UHD students and sisters, Milimar and Abigail Murillo.

​Around the World Series

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​The Around the World project started as a result of a conversation amongst young and optimistic college students. These conversations and collaborative efforts prompted student Eisha Khan to apply for the UHD Community Engagement grant. The primary goal of the Around the World Series was to engage the student body of the University of Houston-Downtown, as well as faculty, staff, and community leaders, in learning and becoming better acquainted with different cultures.

​Spring 2017

​Helping Seniors with Technology

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Spearheaded by undergraduate student, Amee Stevenson, UHD students are fulfilling a real community need by inviting seniors at their local community senior education centers to bring in their technology devices and/or questions and students answer their questions and provide advice to better use the equipment.

​Gator Pod

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The UHD Gator Pod project was designed to provide college access information and support to marginalized students at Northside High School (NHS), as well as create a college-going attitude. UHD advisors were paired with NHS senior students to mentor and guide them through the college application process. The initiative was lead by Dr. RaShonda Flint and Reyna Romero.

​Empty Bowls

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UHD Sports & Fitness Associate Director, Rhonda Scherer, applied for a staff-led Community Engagement Grant to have UHD student participate in Empty Bowls. The initiative feeds the hungry within thier communities by having student decorate bowls that are later sold as artwork at local grocery stores as a way to collect money for the Houston Food Bank.

Money Managment Course

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Senior UHD Student Lisa Carpenter completed her Community Engagement Grant project during her final semester. Her project empowered clients at the Santa Maria Hostel to be financially self-sufficient by teaching a money management course led by a multidisciplinary team of UHD students.

GMO Awareness Community Outreach​

​The objective of this project, lead by UHD student Nena Mann, was to educate youth audiences about GMO's in foods early in life so that our future generation will be informed about GMO foods without biases.

​Feeding Minds to Feed Bellies

​Led by student Nia Griffith, the project aimed to address the need for quality, up close and personal nutrition education to low-income individuals in one of Houston's underserved communities. Student volunteers taught smart shopping and transportation tips, simple nutrition improvement techniques, meal planning, cooking help, container gardening and community gardening.

​Reach Out and RISE!

(Road to Independence, Success & Empowerment)

​Business majors Caroline Smith and Devalina Nag lead a project to assist with the development of processes, and execution of The Women's Resource (TWR) of Greater Houston's RISE! Program which teaches personal finance to women and girls in Houston.

​Improving Non-Profit Documentation

​With the help of the UHD Institute for Plain English Research and Study, students Jennifer Ross and Jorge Martinez establish contact with several local nonprofit organizations and helped them to re-write and re-design their documentation by applying the Federal Plain Language Guidelines. Additionally, they provided introductory plain language workshops for the organizations.

 


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