On Oct. 1, members of the University of Houston community will assemble for two events aimed at bolstering campus safety and security.
The UH Department of Public Safety (UHDPS) will host its annual National Night Out event from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in Lynn Eusan Park. Following this event, members of UH’s Student Government Association (SGA) will lead faculty, staff and students on the annual Walk in the Dark at 8:30 p.m. This nighttime campus tour will offer community members an opportunity to deliver feedback on areas of the campus that can be made safer after sundown – through enhanced security patrols, stronger lighting or other methods.
This year, National Night Out celebrates 30 years of bringing community members and law enforcement officials together for an evening dedicated to promoting crime prevention. The project extends across the U.S. and involves more than 37 million people from 15,000 communities.
Participants in UH’s National Night Out event include:
- UH Student Government Association
- Houston Fire Department – Station 25
- UH Women’s Resource Center
- UH Counseling and Psychological Services
- UH LGBT Resource Center
- Foster’s Automotive
Free hot dogs and beverages will be served. Attendees can participate in games and other interactive activities. UH mascot Shasta, Spirit of Houston Marching Band and cheerleaders will be in attendance. Music will be provided by Hot 97.5 FM. The event is presented by UH Facilities Management, Division of Student Affairs, the University Copy Center and Hot 97.5 FM.
“This annual event is an opportunity to engage with the community and meet faculty, staff and students,” said UHDPS officer Yolanda Edmund. “It encourages members of the UH community to work together and creates a dialogue on campus safety.”
The Walk in the Dark tours will be led by members of SGA and will include members of UHDPS and other university officials. Tours depart from Lynn Eusan Park and will cover the entire campus. Participants will observe and discuss areas that can pose security risks for anyone walking on campus at night.
UHDPS is comprised of the UH Police Department, Parking Enforcement, Security Services, Fire Marshal, Environmental Health and Safety, and Emergency Information. It is headquartered at 3860 Wheeler Ave. For more details on UHDPS, visit its website or call 713-743-3333.