Get to Know Drue DaSilva: The Woman Who Does It All
When you think about what a proud UH Cougar looks like, you immediately think of Drue DaSilva.
As the newest President of the University of Houston Alumni Association Foundation, DaSilva is a force to be reckoned with.
Born and raised Houstonian, DaSilva is a proud UH alumna from the College of Technology and the Moore’s School of Music.
She is known for constantly giving back to her community, tirelessly volunteering for organizations and communities in the Houston area.
Using the skills she learned at UH, her work as a licensed realtor and community fundraiser is recognized across the entire city.
Now serving as the 2020 UHAAF President, we wanted you to get to know Drue DaSilva.
Q: As the newest president of the UHAAF, what are you most looking forward to during your time?
A: As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the UH Alumni Association, there has never been a more exciting time to be a Cougar! In my new role, I look forward to meeting as many alums as possible and encouraging them to get and stay involved. It is my distinct honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for UH and to share all of the exciting things happening here.
Q: What would you say most motivates you to do everything you do?
A: During my time at UH and through my involvement with student organizations, I developed a passion for community service and volunteering. It has brought me in contact with so many wonderful people through the years and served me well in my professional career in real estate. In this role specifically, my love for UH and my appreciation for the opportunities that I have been given as a result of my time here motivate me to ensure these opportunities are both given and expanded to future generations of Cougars.
Q: How have you applied what you learned during your time at the College of Technology to your life?
A: I grew up in a musical family, so it felt very natural to earn my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. However, my career took me in an unforeseen direction, so to capitalize on these opportunities, I came back to UH for a Master of Science in Occupational Technology while continuing to work full time. Not only did I gain the technical skills required to advance my career, I also enhanced my skills of goal setting, self-discipline and prioritizing commitments like all working students must do. I am so grateful for the skills that I learned in both of my academic pursuits, and I believe they continue to allow me to approach challenges with a unique perspective.
Q: How would you like to be remembered? How do you feel like you have impacted the UH community?
A: I would like to be remembered as a caring, giving and positive person. I would also like to be remembered as a passionate Cougar that gave back to the place that had such a profound impact on my life. The second question is more difficult. Certainly, UH has impacted me much more than I have impacted UH. The opportunities I have had for volunteering, networking, leading, making lifelong friends and of course learning have meant a great deal to me and shaped much of my adult life. I suppose my impact on the community has simply been to serve as an example of someone with a deep love and appreciation for UH that took action to hopefully leave things just a bit better for the next generation of Cougars. With more than 30 years of UH history behind me, I’ve still got a lot more to contribute!
Q: What are some exciting things you think are in store for future UH students? CoT students?
A: We have so much to be proud of here at UH! With the new medical school, our athletic facilities, the amazing administration led by Renu Khator, and investments in the latest technology and best faculty, it is an exciting time to be a Cougar. Our university has shown how much they care about students during this pandemic. Eventually, we will get past this pandemic and come back even stronger. As the world looks to develop new ways of working, collaborating and preparing for an uncertain future, the College of Technology will play a key role in shaping all of our futures. Discoveries and inventions made right here will shape our futures in new and innovative ways. I am excited to see how UH and its students and faculty will continue to make a difference in the lives of others.