University of Houston Diversity Statement
Student Life Diversity Statement

Making Diversity an Experience

Engage

CDI engages campus constituents by providing intercultural dialogues, university program partnerships, and highlighting organizations and services that promote diversity and inclusion.

Empower

CDI empowers students to celebrate and appreciate their cultural heritage and others by offering transformative diverse campus programming and by providing leadership experiences that maximize their potential. The Center is an avenue for developing students’ sense of belonging.

Educate

CDI educates the University of Houston campus by offering meaningful educational programs, lecture series, and workshops that advance diversity education and cultural competence. The Center also serves as a change agent in fostering an inclusive environment.

Upcoming Workshops

MLK Celebrations

Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00pm, Student Center Theater

Cultural Connect Week

February 24-28, 2020

February 24, 2:00pm- 8:00pm, Student Center South- Multipurpose Room
February 25, Time: TBA, Student Center South- Theater and Houston Room
February 26, 11:00am- 2:00pm, Student Center South- Multipurpose Room and 4:00pm- 8:00pm, Student Center Theater
February 27, 4:00pm- 8:30pm, Student Center South- Houston Room and Ballroom

This year’s theme for Culture Connect Week puts a fun spin on cultivating a university community that connects and celebrates the various aspects of diversity and inclusion of our students, faculty, and staff. Winners will get a special invitation to the closing ceremony brunch and prizes!

Intent vs Impact

February 4, 2020
2:00pm, Student Center South - Heights Room

This workshop will provide participants with an awareness and understanding of the ways biased practices unconsciously and consciously communicate derogatory or hurtful messages to individuals. For example, have you ever asked someone, "Where are you from?" when trying to determine his or her race or ethnicity? Ultimately, this workshop will provide ways to make sure the intentions behind our statements and actions match our impact towards others

Inclusive Language

February 6, 2020
3:00pm, Student Center North- Senate Chamber

This workshop will focus on why language is important and how the words we use affect our perceptions and can sometimes influence our environment.

Diversity 101

February 12, 2020
3:00pm, Student Center South- Bayou City Room

What does diversity even mean, and why does it matter? This workshop will discuss the meaning of diversity and explore the multiple diversities that exist. Participants will also identify the relevance of their own cultural identities and leave with an enhanced understanding of how to embrace diversity in order to work more effectively across difference.

Diversity 201

February 13, 2020
12:00pm, Student Center South – Bayou City Room

Diversity 201 allows participants to enhance their knowledge of cultural and personal identity and intersectionality. Diversity 201 is a workshop designed to expound upon topics discussed in Diversity 101. It is encouraged for participants to attend Diversity 101 before participating in this workshop.

Power and Privilege

February 20, 2020
12:00pm, Student Center South- Heights Room

This workshop explores dynamics of power and privilege, its effect on others and society, and ways we can change our behavior in becoming better allies to alleviate barriers.

DreamZone Ally Training

March 3rd, 2020
2:00pm, Student Center South- Skyline Room

This workshop will provide participants with the relevant knowledge, skills and resources that will help them to better support the needs of the UH undocumented and DACA student population.

Inclusive Language

March 26, 2020
12:00pm, Student Center South - Bayou Room

This workshop will focus on why language is important and how the words we use affect our perceptions and can sometimes influence our environment.

Diversity Institute

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
8:00am – 5:00pm, Student Center South- Ballroom and Multipurpose Rooms

An annual one-day conference for students, faculty and staff, Diversity Institute allows participants to engage in transformative sessions that enhance their cultural knowledge. It also features poster sessions, keynote speaker (s), and a brunch. Participants must register to attend.

Power & Privilege

April 7, 2020
1:00pm, Student Center South – Heights Room

This workshop explores dynamics of power and privilege, its effect on others and society, and ways we can change our behavior in becoming better allies to alleviate barriers.

Diversity 101

April 10, 2020
3:00PM, Student Center South- Bayou City Room

What does diversity even mean, and why does it matter? This workshop will discuss the meaning of diversity and explore the multiple diversities that exist. Participants will also identify the relevance of their own cultural identities and leave with an enhanced understanding of how to embrace diversity in order to work more effectively across difference.

Intent vs Impact

April 21, 2020
2:00pm, Student Center South- Skyline Room

This workshop will provide participants with an awareness and understanding of the ways biased practices unconsciously and consciously communicate derogatory or hurtful messages to individuals. For example, have you ever asked someone, "Where are you from?" when trying to determine his or her race or ethnicity? Ultimately, this workshop will provide ways to make sure the intentions behind our statements and actions match our impact towards others.

Dream Zone Ally Training

April 23, 2020
4:00pm, Student Center South – Heights Room

This workshop will provide participants with the relevant knowledge, skills and resources that will help them to better support the needs of the UH undocumented and DACA student population.

Fall 2018 Student Distribution by Race and Ethnicity

The University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States. Students come to UH from more than 137 nations & from across the world. Full list of distribution by race and ethnicity.

The University of Houston is a designated Hispanic Serving Insitution.

The University of Houston is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution.

Source: University of Houston, Semester Quick Stats

31.8%

Hispanic

24.6%

White

20.7%

Asian American

9.7%

African American

7.9%

International

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Staff

Varselles Cummings

Director
713.743.3653
vlcummings@uh.edu

Biography

Nyocia Edwards

Diversity Education Program Manager
713.743.5973
nedward4@central.uh.edu

Biography

Kendall Wright

Diversity Education Program Manager
kmwrigh3@central.uh.edu

Biography

Geraldine Lara

Office Coordinator

Biography

Parnia Razinobakht

Graduate Assistant

Biography