Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. On August 3, 1990, U.S. President George H. W. Bush declared November as "National American Indian Heritage Month," now more commonly known as Native American Heritage Month. This month, we celebrate the significant contributions the first Americans have made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.
It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples. It is also an opportunity to educate and raise awareness on the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
Fall Speaker Series
October 18, 2022
Student Center South - Houston Room
This year's Fall Speaker Series is sponsored by Amazon and focuses on Advancing STEM at a Hispanic Serving (not just enrolling) Institution.
Our speaker this year is Astronaut and Engineer, Dr. Jose Hernandez. Dr. Jose Hernandez worked at NASA Johnson Space Center from 2001 to 2011, where he served as an astronaut, legislative analyst, branch chief, and materials research engineer.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion fosters an inclusive university community by providing services, programs, and support that engage, empower, and educate our highly diverse student population and campus community that contributes to student success.
Upcoming Events and Workshops
Jan 14 8:00 am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration
Join us at our annual Fall Speaker Series as we invite nationally recognized speakers who are dedicated to providing insight and knowledge on various topics that align with social justice issues. More information to come.
Feb 27 8:00 am
Culture Connect Week
Culture Connect Week is a weeklong celebration that connects and celebrates the various aspects of diversity and inclusion of our students, faculty, and staff. This exciting and educational week consists of multicultural performances, multicultural student organization collaborations and a dance social. More information to come.
Mar 09 2:00 pm
LGBTQ Awareness Workshop
This workshop educates UH students, faculty and staff on terminology, pronouns, heteronormative privilege and inclusive practices in support of the LGBTQIA community.
Apr 07 12:00 am
An annual one-day conference for students, faculty, and staff, Diversity Institute allows participants to engage in transformative sessions that enhance their cultural knowledge. Participants must register to attend. More information to come.
Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
A land acknowledgment provides the opportunity to show reverence, correct the stories and practices that erase Indigenous history and culture, and allow us to move toward inviting and honoring the truth. With this in mind, and as we stand on this land acknowledged by the University of Houston as a profound place of significance, we embrace this land acknowledgment:
We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Houston exists and operates. This is the traditional land of the Tāp Pīlam Coahuiltecan, Akokisa, Atakapa-Ishak, the Sana band of the Tonkawa tribe, Esto’k Gna, and Karankawa nations. Just as this land was once a location for healing, prayer, and community, we come together so that it may again serve all of these functions today. We honor the communities whose ancestral land we stand on and celebrate all indigenous peoples who call Houston home. Today, we are grateful for the opportunity to be in unity in this physical and metaphysical space, to open our hearts to each other in the spirit of sharing our experiences and learning from each other. Learning about the culture and heritage of our indigenous communities is a necessary first step to dismantling systemic injustice against our communities.
“Land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.” – Mary Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)
Developed by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Indigenous Awareness Association (IAA).
The Center provides programs and brave space environments to promote cross-cultural communication and culturally responsive practices that help diverse communities connect.
By engaging with CDI, community members will be able to articulate beliefs and exhibit behaviors that cultivate teamwork, critical thought, and communication skills needed to function in a diverse workforce and global community.
The cultural competencies gained through workshops and intercultural coaching sessions provided by CDI promotes a learning environment where attendees are better equipped to understand multiple perspectives and promote a culture of inclusion.
Fall 2022 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 Institution.
The University of Houston is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution.
Meet our Staff
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Carlie Pierre she/her/hers
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