RISE Diversity Leadership Program - University of Houston
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RISE Diversity Leadership Program

Co-Sponsored by LeadUH and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

In partnership with the Center for Student Involvement LeadUH Series, CDI offers an introductory (level 1) diversity certificate program, RISE. RISE is an introductory (level 1) diversity certificate program for students. The program provides engaging workshops and programs aimed at increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Improvement in these areas enhance students’ ability to effectively engage and work with diverse populations.

Benefits of Participating

  1. Gain marketable skills needed to work on a diverse team for future internship and employment opportunities
  2. Increase your cultural understanding of self and others
  3. Receive plaque and recognition at the annual Spring Campus Leaders Ceremony

Core Courses (Required)

Tuesday, September 15th | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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.


Thursday, September 17th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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


Monday, September 21st | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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.



Participants may choose from any of the following options to complete 1 elective credit required for the RISE program. Workshops cannot be repeated for multiple credits. All programs marked with a * are hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Workshops and Programs

Wednesday, September 30th

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.


Tuesday, November 3rd

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.


Thursday, October 8th

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.



For the Fall 2020 semester, in order to complete the RISE program, participants must complete attend one of the Fall Speaker Series events offered virtually by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and a reflection paper that connects information from core courses to the events. Please contact Nyocia Edwards at nedward4@Central.UH.EDU for more information.

The capstone paper is a 1-2 page reflection paper that should answer the following questions:

  • Share your biggest takeaway from attending the workshops or events (4-5 sentences)
  • Please summarize your experience attending the Fall Speaker Series and how the information/principals you learned during the workshops connects with your experience (4-5 sentences)
  • Articulate how your new knowledge will benefit you as a leader on campus or within your future career (4-5 sentences)
  • Please explain how you plan to use the information presented at workshops or events to foster an inclusive campus community (4-5 sentences)