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RISE Diversity Leadership Program

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

New this year, 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)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Student Center North; Senate Chamber

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Student Center South; Skyline 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.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Student Center South, Bayou City Room

Monday, November 4, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Student Center South, Bayou City 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.


Monday, October 7, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Student Center South, Bayou City Room

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Student Center South, Bayou City 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.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Student Center South, Heights Room

Thursday, October 31, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Student Center South, Heights Room

In an effort to increase awareness for the LGBTQIA community, this workshop was designed to educate UH students, faculty and staff on terminology, pronouns, heteronormative privilege and inclusive practices in support of the LGBTQIA.



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

Friday, September 27, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Student Center South; Skyline Room

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Student Center South; Space City Room


Tuesday, October 1, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm, 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.


Thursday, November 7th
6:00pm, Student Center South, Houston Room

Tala Ashe Star of DC's Legend of Tomorrow will share her experience of playing the first Muslim-American superhero on television, and the importance of why representation matters.


In order to complete the RISE program, participants must complete a 2 hour service project sponsored by the Metropolitan Volunteer Program (MVP), and a reflection paper that connects information from core courses to the service project. 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 volunteer experience 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)