Undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in basic and applied polymer science research projects with academic and industrial significance through the Center for Applied Polymer Science Research. The focus of the Center includes applied research in ultraviolet (UV) polymerization chemistry and technology. Research is disseminated to the Texas-based chemical industry concerning the productivity, environmental, and energy saving features of UV polymerization processes.
A Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) at University of Houston-Downtown creates an opportunity to build knowledge by bringing together the multiple identities and cultures that form our student body. Strong and effective race studies centers are essential components of any comprehensive university, and that is especially true for UHD, a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution that reflects the diverse population of the city at large.
The Center for Entrepreneurship was established to meet the needs of students interested in starting their own business or, in some cases, improving and expanding the business they owned. The development of their entrepreneurial perspective is expanded to include the non-profit sector via interaction with local organizations including (but not limited to) the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (www.pep.org), Junior Achievement of the Southwest, and Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN). The Center also maintains contact with local entrepreneurial organizations and service providers dedicated to providing resources to new businesses.
Founded in 2013, the Center for Plain English Research and Study serves as a virtual and physical space for interested people to meet and discuss plain language guidelines, new regulations and laws, and their effects on workplace communication. The center also offers resources, engages in research on the topic, and provides training sessions for UHD students, faculty, staff, and local professionals.
The Center for Retail Management was started in 2010 as a partnership between the
Texas Retailers Association and the University of Houston Downtown. The Center is dedicated to serving the educational needs of students interested in pursuing a career in retailing. The Center for Retail Management supports the retail industry by providing educational and research programs for retail managers and those who desire to own a retail business. The programs provide the education and skill set needed by persons responsible for the day-to-day operations of a retail business. The retail businesses supported through the educational programs of the center range from single store to multiple store enterprises across the entire spectrum of retail outlets, including the retailing of services. We work closely with industry in developing the skillsets that the retail industry needs. I also stay in close contact with many retailers so that I know what their needs are and can assist in filling those positions, getting scholarship monies, and internships for UHD students. The Center also is working with several local school districts developing a retail programs in local high schools. This four year program will train and equip students for promising careers in retail or other small business.
The Mission of the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to empower students, faculty, and staff to build a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus environment for all members of the UHD community. The Center develops programming and trainings, facilitates mentoring opportunities, and engages in outreach and advocacy efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
This collaborative, non-partisan Center encourages citizens to actively participate in the deliberative democracy process through public discussions about issues that affect their lives. The CPD is an affiliate of the National Issues Forums (NIF) network and partner to the Texas Forums project at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.
The Center enhances the educational experiences of UHD students and the quality of life of residents of the Houston community through collaborations, research studies, publication of an academic journal, and programs that reinforce academic learning and civic values among students, foster ethnic and racial harmony, strengthen families, advocate for underrepresented individuals and families, and facilitate the dissemination of best family-centered practices.
The Community Involvement Center (CIC) serves as the clearinghouse for community involvement and service learning opportunities through outreach to students, faculty/staff and community agencies. The CIC strives to establish and maintain partnerships by providing volunteer support to community service agencies and by providing service learning opportunities to the UHD community. UHD and the UHD CIC share a commitment to offer students opportunities to engage in high impact experiences through community involvement and civic engagement.
The Institute for Business, Ethics, and Public Issues (IBEPI) is dedicated to promoting ethical business practices and research that focuses on current and emerging issues. The institute serves as a forum for the exchange of business information and strategies and meaningful community partnerships that contribute to an ethical and brilliant future for Houston and the surrounding areas and the world. In addition, we strive to provide our students with an understanding of:
• The difference between ethics and the law
• The interrelationship of ethics and social responsibility
• The role of corporate governance and corporate culture in ethical decision making.
The UHD Scholars Academy is a competitive, comprehensive scholarship and mentoring program designed to support undergraduate success for students majoring in natural/physical sciences (including all pre-health related professional fields), mathematics, engineering, technology, and computer science. Located within the College of Sciences and Technology, the Scholars Academy offers high achieving STEM majors benefits such as a 15-year history of developing and graduating professionals and leaders in STEM, a small learning community promoting, supporting STEM majors' success, and peer mentors/ PhD faculty mentors providing guidance to all SA members. The SA holds community service engagement very seriously as service represents STEM leadership within the context of the community. Twice annually over 16 peer / faculty mentor discipline-based groups (approximately 200) select a service project for their own group. The service is generally linked to the discipline common to all group members and mentors. Annually, the SA generates almost 1,000 hours of service to the Greater Houston communities thereby impacting the lives of well-over 3,000-5,000 individuals receiving service.