On Tuesday, January 30, the University of Houston-Victoria Letting Education Achieve Dreams initiative will host a Girls Academy Reunion from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students in their junior year of high school who participated in Girls Academy as eighth-graders have been invited to attend.
This year’s reunion will include welcoming notes from Dr. Dee Dee Hudson, wife of UHV President Tim Hudson. Dr. Estela Zarate, director of education policy research for the University of Southern California Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, will deliver the keynote address prior to lunch. Chari Norgard, director of UHV Student Activities and Services, will give the closing remarks.
“As with our graduates, it’s always a delight to see the fruits of our labor in the accomplishments of these young ladies, emerging leaders in our community who have benefited from the LEAD program,” said President Hudson.
Similar to Girls Academy, reunion attendees will participate in small group discussions centered on their personal goals and education plans past high school. They will also answer questions designed to assess the impact Girls Academy has had on their decisions.
This is the fifth reunion since LEAD began the Girls Academy program in 1998. Both the academy and the reunion are funded through a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. For more information, contact LEAD program coordinator Ersilia Garcia at (361) 570-4144.