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New Research Tackles College Hunger

Even though the majority of community college students receive financial aid and are working, 56 percent are food-insecure and this can have a significant negative effect on their graduation rates. Dr. Daphne Hernandez, UH assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP), and co-principal investigator Dr. Dan O’Connor, HHP professor and chair, are working with the nation’s leading experts on food insecurity in higher education to evaluate a local intervention in Houston.  Read more

Officials Honored for Public Service

Four public officials of the Greater Houston area were selected by the University of Houston’s Master of Public Administration Program to be honored for their qualities of “trust, accountability, performance, ethical decision-making, and crossing jurisdictional boundaries to solve problems,” explained MPA Program Director Dr. James Thurmond. This year’s honorees will receive the awards at the 7th Annual Public Official Awards luncheon on Friday, March 2. The honorees are Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen, and Bellaire City Manager Paul A. Hofmann. The late Peter Brown, UH alumnus and former adjunct professor, councilmember, and founder and director of Better Houston, will be honored with a Pioneer Award. Read more

Activism and history to be unveiled at screening of 'The House on Coco Road'

In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Houston’s English Department, African American Studies program and the Martha Gano Houstoun Endowment present the screening of “The House on Coco Road.” Directed by Damani Baker, the film made indie headlines when Oscar-nominated film director Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquired it after its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival. DuVernay has received critical acclaim for her work as co-executive producer alongside Oprah Winfrey on the hit TV series “Queen Sugar.” Read more

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