Gregoria Uroza

University of Houston-Downtown

Gregoria Uroza, a third year student at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), is an active leader in engaging with communities as well as addressing public policy issues that affect community members. For the past three years at UHD and previously in high school, she has served in communities and worked closely with community leaders to advocate for the rights of underserved populations, including being a voice for those who are not often heard. She is currently working with a team composed of members from various church groups and from different universities around Houston, to explore the needs of low-income communities and address issues such as hunger, poverty, education, and immigration. The team connects with other community-based organizations to provide resources for the underserved Houston communities. In addition, Gregoria works with young adults in the communities and encourages them to engage for the betterment of their communities. She has received grants from UHD and external organizations to carry out her mission.

Dr. Juan Munoz
University of Houston-Downtown

Personal Statement

I first became involved in addressing community issues by volunteering at a soup kitchen during my junior year of high school. I learned that I needed and wanted to serve my community. I began to share the opportunities with friends and family, and later with adolescents and young adults – the future leaders of our communities. I continued to explore community issues and volunteered, at the local Boys and Girls Club, nursing homes, and homeless shelters, for back-to-school supply drives, and during flood relief efforts. As I became more engaged, I realized that our community needed more than volunteer services, it needed increased awareness of public policies that impact the lives of its members. In college, I was a co-leader for a community engagement project that provided alternative sources for students at 25 elementary schools, aimed at increasing communication between students and staff. I am now part of a team that works to provide resources for underserved people, including our large immigrant population. Through my commitment to service and our communities, I promote community engagement and advocate for those who are often not heard due to social status.

Gregoria Uroza
Psychology: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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