UH “Amplify Your Voice” Series to Analyze Midterm Elections

May 4 Event will Feature Prominent Speakers Tackling Hot Issues

There are plenty of hot-button issues including immigration, gun control and education that will be front and center during the midterm elections in November. In an effort to help the public better understand the key issues this election cycle, the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work is bringing together leading social workers, activists and community leaders for constructive analysis.

“As social work leaders, we are committed to being responsive to the needs of our students and surrounding community. Amplify Your Voice provides students, social workers, and advocates for social justice opportunities to amplify our voices, challenge injustice and fight for a society where all people – not just a privileged few – can not only survive but also thrive,” said Alan Dettlaff, dean and Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair. “We are committed to providing opportunities for these important conversations in keeping with our vision of achieving social, racial, economic, and political justice, local to global,”

The second installment of the GCSW’s “Amplify Your Voice” series is scheduled for Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Houston Althetics/Alumni Center.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Texas Senator Sylvia Garcia headline an impressive list of notable speakers who will examine the key issues for this upcoming election season. Click here for a complete list of scheduled speakers.

Morning Sessions: Analysis and Updates on Key Issues

  • Immigration
  • Modern Movements (#MeToo, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ)
  • Education
  • Gun Control

Keynote Address: Senator Sylvia Garcia Local to National – The Importance (and Barriers) of Voting

Afternoon Sessions: Strategizing and Skill Building

  • Increasing Access to Voting for Young People
  • How to Influence Elections/All Politics are Local
  • Lessons Learned: How to Run for Office
  • Putting Partnership Into Practice: How to Leverage Coalitions


What: “Amplify Your Voice” presented by the UH Graduate College of Social Work

Who: Social workers, activists and community leaders

When: Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: University of Houston Athletics/Alumni Center

             3204 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77004 (map)