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UH President Khator Urges College of Education Students To Be Leaders

Renu Khator and Nicole Coleman
UH President Renu Khator visited Associate Professor M. Nicole Coleman’s graduate course, introduction to group counseling.

Posted Jan. 23, 2017 – During a visit to the College of Education on Monday, University of Houston President Renu Khator urged students to be trailblazers and to embrace big dreams.

“I don’t want you all to be followers,” Khator told the dozen students in Associate Professor M. Nicole Coleman’s graduate-level course, introduction to group counseling. “There are plenty of universities producing followers. I want people who are leaders. I want people who are innovators.”

Khator, starting her 10th year at the University, joined the graduate students around a table and asked for their feedback.

“I started here as an undergraduate in 2006. I’ve seen the changes you’ve made,” Jose Torres said, noting the rise in rise national prominence from athletics to academics.

Khator discussed the University’s $1 billion capital campaign, publicly launched last week, and her desire to bolster all programs. The students in the class were part of the master’s program in counseling or the Ph.D. program in counseling psychology, which is accredited by the prestigious American Psychological Association.

“The College of Education, of course, is extremely important,” Khator said, noting the college’s work to help improve local schools in the Third Ward area.