More than 400 students, faculty and alumni from the University of Houston and University of Houston System traveled to the state Capitol in Austin earlier this week to meet with legislators and their associates.
“It is super exciting to be here in the Capitol, wearing red and supporting our school,” said UH student Daniela Munoz.
The group, which included Cougar Advocates for Texas (CATS), was seeking increased funding for the University of Houston System and support of its legislative agenda. Students said they wanted to show representatives how the agenda will have a real effect on them.
“It is good for our lawmakers to see who it is they are helping. So, there is that interaction and dialogue that is built,” added Asit R. Shah, the Student Regent appointed to the UH System Board of Regents.
UH President and UHS Chancellor Renu Khator was thrilled with the turnout and believes this is just the beginning for what UH Day at the Capitol will become.
“We have 250 students here. I can tell you, it will just keep on growing because this is just the second time we are doing it,” Khator said. “Eventually, there will be 1,000 students here. We actually had to say ‘No’ to some. I am so happy to see our band, our cheerleaders and, also, our alumni and faculty.”The regular session of Texas’ 84th Legislature ends June 1.