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Workplace Conversations




  • The UH
    Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies partnered with Staff Council to present a special Workplace Conversations event “Arab Americans and the Struggle Against Racism in the United States” on April 29, 2021. Over 180 people participated.

    A Workplace Conversations Event

    Arab Americans and the Struggle Against Racism in the United States
    Thursday, April 29, 2021
    12 PM to 1:30 PM CDT
    A Virtual Event


  • Moderator 

    Abdel Razzaq Takriti

    Abdel Razzaq Takriti 

    Director, Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies
    AAEF Chair in Modern Arab History, University of Houston


  • Presenters

    Moustafa Bayoumi

    Moustafa Bayoumi 

    Professor of English Brooklyn College, New York


  • Loubna Qutami

    Loubna Qutami 

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Fady Joudah, MD

    Fady Joudah, MD 

    Palestinian-American Poet, Translator, and Physician

  • Mezna Qato

    Mezna Qato

    Margaret Anstee Centre Research Fellow, University of Cambridge


  • Neama Alamri

    Neama Alamri

    Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Ethnicity Studies in the Society of Fellows and Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and History, Princeton University

Resources and Reading Lists for National Arab American Heritage Month

A special thanks to the UH Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies for providing the resources and reading lists for National Arab American Heritage Month included on this page.

Campus Resources

External Resources

A special thanks to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) for providing many of the resources listed on this webpage.

Past Events


    Celebrating Black History Month: Diverse Perspectives Panel

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Online via MS Teams

    Staff Council celebrated Black History Month with a special Workplace Conversations event featuring a Diverse Perspectives Panel. Over 140 University of Houston staff, faculty, students, and guests participated in this virtual Workplace Conversations event. 


    • Elwyn C. Lee, J.D., Vice President for Neighborhood & Strategic Initiatives and Co-Chair of UH Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee 


    • Reverend Alexander Johnson, Executive Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
    • Attorney Gene Locke, Attorney, and Activist, UH '1969
    • Helen Stagg, Chief Executive Officer of Change Happens
    • Brian Kirksey, Vice President of the UH Black Student Union (BSU), UH '2022

    Learn more about this Workplace Conversations event and view the moderator and panelists' complete biographies. 

    Please share with us your experience: Diverse Perspectives Panel Discussion Event Feedback

  • Diversity 101: Exploring Your Own Cultural Identity

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Live Streamed on MS Teams

    Featuring Varselles Cummings
    Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Houston

    What does diversity mean?  
    Diversity 101: Exploring Your Own Cultural Identity discussed the meaning of diversity and explore the multiple diversities that exist. During this virtual event, over 150 staff identified the relevance of their own cultural identities and learned how to embrace diversity to more effectively minimize the gap between individuals’ differences.

    This event was organized by Karl Hearne and Trina Silva for the Staff Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Ad Hoc) Committee.


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    Civility: A Workplace Conversation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Virtual Event 

    Featuring Sara Miller
    Trainer, Equal Opportunity Services, University of Houston

    Staff Council partnered with Equal Opportunity Services for its inaugural Workplace Conversations series. University of Houston community participated in an hour-long dialogue on June 30, 2020, about workplace etiquette, diversity awareness, and cultural sensitivity. 

About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Ad Hoc) Committee

  • Leadership

    Staff Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Ad Hoc) Committee Co-Chairs

    Leslie Pruski

    Trina Silva


    Interested in joining the Staff Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Ad Hoc) Committee?

    Please contact this year's Co-Chairs.

  • Mission

    To recommend and promote diverse, equitable, and inclusive initiatives in alignment with University of Houston’s values to enrich the University’s culture and enhance the staff experience.
  • Objectives

    • To disseminate information to the Council and staff concerning diversity programs/activities and seek support from the Council to promote and encourage staff participation.
    • To actively solicit, promote, and interact with diverse groups on campus and in the community in support of their goals as well as jointly sponsored events/programs.
    • To request annual updates from the University on the progress made toward increasing diversity and inclusion of staff on campus and report out to Staff Council annually.
    • To work with the University of Houston to help build and promote an inclusive work culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diversity of experiences, cultural backgrounds, and ideas among our staff.