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Workplace Conversation: HERStory

The UH community participated in a virtual Workplace Conversations event sponsored by the Staff Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

In honor of Women's History Month, the focus was on HERStory: Women in Leadership and included discussions with Dr. Rheeda Walker, UH Pyschology Professor, Dr. Erika Henderson, UH Assoc. Provost,  Laura Ortman, CEO Cologix and Angela Cox, Regional Sales Matrox Graphics.

Date:  Wednesday, March 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workplace Conversations HERStoryEvent Recording Link:  https://vimeo.com/802846493

View HERStory PDF document: staff-council/diversity_equity_inclusion/uh-scdei-slideshow_workplace-conversations-herstory_ppt_03202023.pdf 


Staff Council DEI Committee Book Club







The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee launched the pilot for the very first inagural staff council book club in November 2022 - February 2023. The first club book reading was, We Can't Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics by Mary-Francis Winters.  
Two book club sessions were held to bring over 20 club readers together virtual to share discussions and thoughts on the book.

Madelyn Washington from the M.D. Anderson Library Music department was the moderator for the first book club session.

Eric Mahan, DEI Committee memberr moderated the second book club session.


Inaugural Book Reading:

Title: We Can't Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics

Author: Mary-Frances Winters

Moderator: Madelyn Washington

How to Get Your Book:

Discussion Dates: 
  • Chapters 1-4 Discussion, Friday January 13th 2023 (Virtual)
  • Chapters 5-7 Discussion, February TBD

Past Events

About DEI

  • Leadership

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Co-Chairs

    Debbie Samuels


    Callista Brown

    Interested in joining the DEI committee? Please contact this year's DEI Co-Chairs.

  • Mission

    The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (DEI) is responsible for recommending and promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive initiatives in alignment with University of Houston’s values to enrich the University’s culture and enhance the staff experience.


    Staff Council DEI Resources

    UH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


    DEI Committee Meetings

    The Staff Council DEI Committee meets every third Wednesday of the month. Contact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Co-Chairs to receive the meeting invitation. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome!

  • 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.