George Floyd’s murder catalyzed activism and a commitment to anti-racism in the United States. It also compelled the Hines College to carefully examine its own path forward. The College's recently updated College Culture statement affirms:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to our College’s mission. Each member shares responsibility in upholding these values. Students, faculty, and staff should demonstrate mutual respect, such as through compassion for others’ lived experiences and professionalism in communication, even in matters of conflict. An equitable environment cultivates a productive educative process. As such, our College and University seek diversity across all differences and support collective conversations towards social justice around race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, ethnicity, and age.
In June 2020, Dean Oliver formed the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force to identify policies and practices to better support diversity, equity, and inclusion. The culmination of the task force’s work resulted in its final report in December 2020.
Read the December 2020 DEI Report.
DEI Action Task Force
In spring 2021, Dean Oliver initiated the DEI Action Task Force, which is currently examining each of the 45 recommendations from the report to monitor movement and ensure the goals are always in sight.
Learn more about the DEI Action Task Force and follow its work.
Events and Statements
Transparency and open communication are critical as the College builds a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
Access the archives of recorded events and statements.
The College is grateful to the students of these organizations and their leaders who have contributed time and energy to enhance the culture of the College.
- Alpha Rho Chi-Cleisthenes Chapter, Maria Noguera
- American Institute of Architecture Students, Christopher Zhu
- Future Women in Architecture, Kathleen Hartman
- Interior Architecture Student Organization, Sherry Stefanos
- LGBTQ+, Zachary Basham and Jolene Limqueco
- National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, Javier Guerrero
- Student Industrial Designers Society of America, Anne-Elisabeth Baker
- Student Council, Joshua Rodriguez
- The Architecture Lobby, Kaede Polkinghorne and Drake Flood
*While not an official student organization, the College acknowledges the Coalition for Anti-Racist Education (CARE) for its efforts and contributions to important dialogues about diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
View the University of Houston DEI website here.