Community University is born from the Learning Journeys conducted in the Center’s Business Civic Leadership Forums, where participants engage in addressing issues facing our city and region. These Learning Journeys provide valuable insight and impact into solving some of our region’s greatest challenges.
The planned programs of the University will bring these learnings to the public through quarterly keynote speakers and distinguished panelists. Community University seeks to further the conversation around regional community solutions, engage Forum graduates, encourage civic leadership and introduce more people to Center for Houston’s Future and its body of programs.
When: Wednesday, June 20th from 4PM to 8PM
4-4:30 pm Registration
4:30-5:45 pm Panel Discussion
5:45-8 pm Reception
Location: Partnership Tower
701 Avenida de las Americas, 9th floor
Houston, TX 77010
The inaugural Community University conversation will focus on human trafficking. Our distinguished panelists for this event are:
Executive Director, United Against Human Trafficking.
Established in 2005, United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) is a lead organization of a coalition of Houston-area non-profits, faith-based organizations, government agencies/entities and others whose mission is to end human trafficking. UAHT is a 501(c)3 dedicated to ending human trafficking through awareness, education, and outreach. We identify those trapped in cycles of exploitation and connect them to direct services. We also educate diverse communities to know and report the signs of human trafficking, while uniting the Greater Houston area against this crime. More information can be found here: https://uaht.org/
Minal Patel Davis
Special Advisor to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Human Trafficking
Here is an article about Houston and how we are leading the world in this fight –
Chief Marketing Officer for NOV (National Oilwell Varco)
Board Member of Redeemed Ministries
David is working on creating a volunteer model where business professionals can donate their time and talents to help market and be engaged with non profits in the fight against human trafficking. Their focus right now is working with Redeemed Ministries, there is more information about both here: http://redeemedministries.com/ and here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12099545
Director for Stephen Ministry at Lakewood Church.
Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one support ministry for adults experiencing a crisis or painful situation, such as divorce, loss of a loved one, serious illness, and much more. Stephen Ministers are lay people from our congregation who receive extensive training in how to provide top quality, confidential Christian care. More information can be found here: https://www.lakewoodchurch.com/Pages/Ministry.aspx?mid=42 and here: https://www.stephenministries.org/default.cfm
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Department of Homeland Security in the Gulf Coast Region