Standing & Ad Hoc Committees - University of Houston
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The University of Houston Staff Council Bylaws call for seven standing committees and special committees appointed by the Staff Council President on an ad hoc basis. Additionally, Staff Council has four representatives on the University System Staff Executive Council (USSEC). Current committee descriptions and memberships are below.

Staff Council is also represented on University-wide standing and other committees. See the Staff Council University-wide Committees page for more information.

Standing Committees

  • Join a Staff Council committee today

    All University of Houston staff, faculty, and students are welcome to join Staff Council committees. You do not have to be a Staff Council member/representative to participate in a committee.
  • Scholarships & Advancements Committee


    Jacqueline Chee 713-743-8725
    Carina Pouraryan 713-743-7967
    Meeting Date Time
    2nd Thursday of the Month 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join the Microsoft Teams meeting.


    The Scholarships & Advancements Committee manages the Staff Council Scholarships Program and is responsible for advancement initiatives including donor relations and fundraising.

  • Communications Committee


    Tiffany Brandyberg 713-743-5714


    The Communications Committee is responsible for all external communication, including releases to university media. Duties include managing and updating the Staff Council website, sending information out on the Staff Council listserv, researching ideas by calling other Committee chairs and getting information, and writing about current events.

  • Cougar First Impressions (CFI) Committee


    Andy Moon 832-842-4782

    Cougar First Impressions (CFI) is sponsored by Staff Council and offers students a chance to receive campus maps, directions to class, and bottled water from UH staff members stationed across campus during the first two days of the Fall semester. The event is made possible by generous contributions without student fees. See the CFI home page for more information.

    This year's CFI theme is “Connecting Coogs”, and the event has been re-formatted to be 100% virtual in order to fulfill our mission of providing new and returning students with resources and quality customer service - even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. Virtual CFI will connect students to resources available on campus, UH at Sugar Land, and UH at Katy with live breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams addressing key areas students most inquire about during their first week on campus. 

  • Events Committee


    Antoinette Marvels 713-743-3803
    Shirley Shiflet 713-743-4703

    The Events Committee oversees specials events for Staff members and the UH community sponsored by Staff Council, such as:

    • Staff Council Leadership Luncheon--This is a luncheon to recognize outgoing members and to welcome incoming members.
    • Sock & Blanket Drive--During the holiday season, Staff Council collects items from the UH community to assist needy families.
    • Spring Event--The Events is UH community family event.
  • Membership and Elections Committee


    Kellie Sager 713-743-3941


    The Membership and Elections Committee is responsible for reviewing the apportionment of representation among the University's Divisions, for making recommendations to fill vacancies, and for overseeing and conducting the annual campus-wide Staff Council Elections.

    See the Staff Council Elections page for further information.

  • Staff Affairs


    Brisa Gossett 713-743-0474
    Cesar Villagran 713-743-5941
    Meeting Date Time Location
    2nd Thursday of the Month 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Join the Microsoft Teams meeting.


    The Staff Affairs Committee is responsible for identifying and analyzing all issues affecting the University of Houston’s staff at all levels.  The committee formulates and presents recommendations to Staff Council to represent the staff perspective and advocate for staff interests with UH executive leadership.

    The scope of this committee’s work includes but is not limited to:  employee benefits, parking and transportation, and campus safety.

    Specific activities include:

    • Organizing and hosting periodic public meetings with the UH President at which university issues are presented and discussed;
    • Organizing and hosting periodic public meetings with staff and presenting topics of interest with speakers and opportunity for feedback; and
    • Conducting employee opinion surveys and periodic issue-specific surveys, to identify areas of current and ongoing concern to staff and communicate them to UH executive leadership.
  • Staff Empowerment Committee


    Callista Brown 713-743-5617
    Debbie Samuels 832-842-4660
    Meeting Date Time Location
    3rd Wednesday of the Month 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Join the Microsoft Teams meeting.


    The Staff Empowerment Committee (SEC) is responsible for recommending and promoting resources and initiatives that empower and enlighten University of Houston staff members and enhance their professional experience.


    • To disseminate information to the Council and staff concerning campus resources, community resources, and leadership and professional development opportunities.
    • To foster a sense of belonging and community amongst staff members.
    • To empower Council and staff members to grow and develop.
    • To actively solicit, promote, and interact with centers, departments, and groups on campus and in the community in support of the University’s mission, vision, and goals. 
  • Staff Engagement Committee


    Genny Lee 713-743-4906
    Trever Thomas 713-743-9817

Ad Hoc Committees