CLASP Speaker Series

CLASP is an outreach initiative of University of Houston-Clear Lake created to encourage life-long learning through free monthly presentations that involve and engage community members of all ages in a wide variety of topics. These presentations are open to the public. For events at UHCL, free parking is available in the Visitors Lot. Speakers, presentations and locations are subject to change. 

Insights from UHCL Scholars and Texas Research & Scholarship Winners

Guest Speakers: Dr. Lory Santiago-Vazquez (Professor, College of Science and Engineering), Dr. Rebecca Huss-Keeler (Professor, College of Education)
Date: February 10, 2022
Time: 1-2 p.m CST
Online via Zoom

Topic of Discussion

Prepare to be enlightened during two separate presentations delivered by UHCL professors and winners of the UHCL Center for Faculty Development Texas Research & Scholarship, Dr. Lory Santiago-Vazquez and Dr. Rebecca Huss-Keeler. In addition to sharing the significance of their study topics, both presenters will provide the audience with understandings they've gleaned from their findings to support their field of research, as well as the populations they focused on.


  • "Factors Influencing the Success of First-generation, Non-traditional age, Hispanic Early Childhood Educators as University Students"
  • "On a Reef Far, Far Away: Anthropogenic Impacts Following Extreme Storms Affect Sponge Health and Bacterial Communities"

The Power of Yes!

Guest speaker: Dr. Ira K. Blake (Special Assistant to the University of Houston System Chancellor)
Date: March 3, 2022
Time: 2-3 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom

Topic of Discussion

During this presentation commemorating Women's History Month, Dr. Ira K. Blake will share her insights regarding the power of saying "yes" to opportunities, challenges, and new adventures to inspire women in their quests for personal and professional growth. Dr. Blake will be available immediately after her presentation for questions and discussion.

Port Houston: Pre- and Post-COVID-19

Guest speaker: Bryan Seitz (Manager of Analysis and Planning, Port Houston)
Date: April 7, 2022
Time: 2-3 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom

Topic of Discussion

For more than 100 years, Port Houston has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel. Port Houston is the advocate and a strategic leader for the waterway. The Houston Ship Channel complex and its more than 200 public and private terminals, collectively known as the Port of Houston, is the nation’s largest port for waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the region. Learn from Mr. Bryan Seitz how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected port operations and the investments and future projects we can look forward to at Port Houston.


  • Strategic Partnerships

    Phone: 281-283-2076
    Fax: 281-283-2010

    2700 Bay Area Blvd.
    Student Services and Classroom Building (SSCB), Suite 3203
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Connect With Us