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CLASS Professor’s Documentary Nominated for NAACP Image Award

University of Houston Visiting Scholar Greg Carter has produced over 30 feature films, his acclaimed skills earning an induction into the Texas Filmmakers Hall of Fame and a recent documentary nomination for an NAACP Image Award.

Suicide Rates Have Increased Dramatically Among African Americans

Suicide deaths are increasing dramatically for Black adults in the U.S. In the past few weeks four prominent African Americans are believed to have died by suicide. The grim trend brings up research conducted by Rheeda Walker, professor of psychology: “Anything that is perceived as mental health-related is taboo in the Black community, but suicide is a preventable public health problem and it’s time we get proactive in addressing it.”

UH Sociologist Finds Disparities in Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

During the first weeks of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in December 2020, Kathryn Freeman Anderson searched far and wide for places to get her parents, who are older than 65, vaccinated. The extensive search prompted the University of Houston associate professor of sociology to look at the map of Houston sites, and knowing the demographics of the city, she suspected there might be an association between segregation and vaccine allocations. 

UH Experts Available for Black History Month

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month and the University of Houston is making experts available to discuss topics ranging from social justice and health equity to diversity in the sports industry. To speak with one of the faculty members below, please contact Bryan Luhn at

UH Economics Professor Educates the Masses on TikTok

Give UH economics professor Christopher Clarke one minute of your time on one of the world’s hottest social media platforms, and the popular professor will provide a cheeky, yet thought-provoking lesson on all-things money.