Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - University of Houston
Skip to main content

University of Houston Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The University of Houston embraces diversity and recognizes our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve. We value the academic, social and broader community benefits that arise from a diverse campus and are committed to equity, inclusion and accountability. Diversity enriches our University community and is a driving force instrumental to our institutional success and fulfillment of the University’s mission. We commit to engaging in an ongoing dialogue to thoughtfully respond to the changing realities of our increasingly interconnected world. We will continually strive to work together to address the challenges of the future in a way that removes barriers to success and promotes a culture of inclusivity, compassion and mutual respect. The competencies gained through diverse experiences across campus prepare all of our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a global society.

Be Inspired

strategic plan

Together, the University community decided that we want to serve as an exemplar for equitable and inclusive community engagement. As part of the UH Strategic Plan’s social responsibility goal, we identified five key strategies to help us foster equity and inclusion in our community.

  • Achieving Health Equity
  • Strengthening Community Partnership
  • Creating a Culture of Volunteerism
  • Seeking Social Justice and Racial Equity
  • Supporting Freedom of Expression
awards and designations
  • Hispanic Serving Institution, U.S. Department of Education
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, U.S. Department of Education
  •  University of Houston - Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine (2016-2021)
  • University of Houston Law Center - Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine (2016-2021)
  • University of Houston College of Nursing - Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine (2016 – 2019, 2021)
  • Jesse L. Moore 2021 Supplier Diversity Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

Be Engaged

To ensure the University of Houston remains true to our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we have established services, academic programs and community initiatives to engage our campus and local community. Together, these organizations and programs work to remove barriers to success and promote a culture of inclusivity, compassion and mutual respect.

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, UH Center for Diversity and Inclusion Director Varselles Cummings conducted workplace conversations on race and racism in America. He shares insights from his sessions and the need for continued dialogue.

Watch Now

BE A CHANGE AGENT

There are many ways each of us can support the pursuit of social change, and we need you to help make that change a reality. But, knowing where to begin can be a challenge. Below, you can find self learning resources to enhance your knowledge, volunteer opportunities and UH initiatives and research that are helping to transform our campus, community and world.

UH students and administrators have a candid conversation about why they marched, discrimination and the path forward.

Watch Now