2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
The 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is an opportunity for the University of Houston community to celebrate and reflect on the legacy and life of the most consequential civil rights leader: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year's theme: Keeping the Dream Alive: A Call to Action, invites us to continue Dr. King's fight for racial and social justice.
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 31 9:00 am
Cougar Ally Training (RSVP Required)
Training assists faculty, staff, and students in increasing their awareness of issues that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people face.
Jan 31 3:00 pm
Diversity 101 Workshop
This foundational workshop explores the multiple dimensions of diversity and gives participants the chance to examine how personal and cultural identities relate to their lived experiences. Register for workshops.
Feb 06 11:00 am
LGBTQ Ally 2.0
Feb 07 11:30 am
Diversity 201 Workshop
Through reflection on personal and cultural identities, participants will explore intersectionality and explain how those identities work together to shape our experiences. Register for Workshops.
Feb 09 3:00 pm
Inclusive Language Workshop
This workshop will equip you with inclusive language practices and provide approaches for engaging intentionally in conversations. Register for Workshops.
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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Instructional Assistant, Programs and Education