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Workplace Conversations

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH Diverse Perspectives Panel Discussion




    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

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

  • Diversity 101 Event

    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, 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.


  • Diversity

    Diversity: 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.