Spotlight Spotlighting a UH Woman Each Month

azie       Niya Blair


What is your position and title at UH?

Director-Center for Diversity and Inclusion

How long have you worked here?

A litte over 6 months. I started August 20th.

What are your job responsibilities and duties?  

I provide leadership, strategic vision, organization, and administrative oversight of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and  campus wide services and programs partnering with departments and student organizations in the areas of diversity and inclusion.   I develop departmental  educational programs that celebrate cultural diversity and create cultural competency trainings and workshops.  I also provide support that helps recruit and retain students, an advocate for social justice, and work with campus and community partners to help advance diversity for the university.  

What do you enjoy about your work? 

I enjoy creating new opportunities that engage and educate students and other campus partners on the importance and value of diversity.

What is the accomplishment at UH that you are most proud of? 

Almost three months in, I’m most proud of creating a foundation with my staff for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Many people don’t realize everything it takes to create a new department. I’m proud of the work we’ve done thus far. Things are really coming together 

What advice or encouragement would you give UH staff and students? 

My advice is take time to really understand who you are as a person, what you value, and what you believe in… Then take time to find out about others, who they are and what they value and believe in…After that, share who you are with them. Doing this helps foster understanding and breaks down barriers.

What is something about you that many co-workers do not know about you? 

I’m a first generation college student, and l like to take long walks in the park.