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The Student Centers would like to provide students with a safe and comfortable platform to speak out against racial injustice, and in the process, feature our students' feelings on this subject. This is your opportunity to give your perspective and share your individual story as it pertains to race. You have the autonomy to be as creative as you would like with your definition and your commentary.

See examples and learn more about The Race Card Project

Tell us your story

RACE CARD PROJECT BEST PRACTICES

  1. This space welcomes UH students from all backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and identities.
  2. We ask that you be respectful of the space and everyone in it — disrespectful language or behavior will not be tolerated. Engaging in disrespectful language or behavior may be reported to the Dean of Students.
  3. This is an open space to discuss perceptions on race, but please do not share any violent, graphic, or sensitive topics without a trigger warning
  4. Note that while we work to open up a brave space, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, but conversations can be safer if all involved agree to keep information confidential.
  5. The Student Center Staff will take steps to make sure this space stays safe including muting or removing participants if needed.
  6. Participants who are selected to be featured are selected at the discretion of the Student Center Staff.
  7. The Student Center Staff are mandated reporters, if there is any information regarding sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, any illegal activity or student code violations, we are required to report it.*

* 3.16 Responsible Employee: A University employee who has the duty to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or another appropriate designee, or an employee whom an individual could reasonably believe has this duty. Responsible employees include all administrators, faculty, and staff, except Confidential Resource Employees. Info on Mandated reporters (Responsible Employee)

If you have any questions, please email Teryn Pierce.


RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
    • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides a range of workshops, programs, student leadership opportunities that help students articulate beliefs, cultivate teamwork, and communication skills that prepare students for a culturally diverse workforce and global community. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about diversity, inclusion, and equity, visit their website or email them at uhcdi@central.uh.edu
  • Dean of Students
    • The Dean of Students is here to promote overall student success. They serve as advocates for students while they navigate challenges, to educate and promote a respectful and safe campus environment. If you need to have additional conversations surrounding participation in this event, please visit their website or email them at dos@uh.edu
  • Counseling and Phycological Services
    • Counseling and Phycological Services promotes the well-being of a diverse campus community by offering mental health services and training that foster self-discovery, learning, and interpersonal engagement. If issues about race or hearing these stories, has you feeling down, visit their website to see how they can better assist you.
  • Equal Opportunity Services
    • The Office of Equal Opportunity Services enforces our Anti-Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policies, in addition to supporting the university's goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If your participation in this program has you feeling like you need additional support in these areas, please visit their website or email them at eos@uh.edu

STUDENT EXAMPLES

Ashlynd Bunce

You're a multigrain cracker with seasonings

During my undergraduate years at Texas Tech, I worked at Chipotle. I became great friends with many of my coworkers, friends that I still have today. I knew they all had different backgrounds and stories, I saw them for who they were, but it was not until one of them told me that I was the only white person in the group. I was taken aback, not because I was worried about being the ‘only one of my kind’ or anything but because I really had never put two and two together. Since then I have delved deeper into knowing about the cultures, identities, and traditions of my friends that come from all different places. I want to listen to their stories, gain that perspective and just know them on a deeper level for what makes them… them. Currently, most of the people closest to me have identities deemed minority. I think it’s absolutely beautiful to look at my loved ones and know that we all have very different stories, but still have plenty of things to connect on and are able to cultivate amazing friendships. As a different friend expressed to me one day when discussing white people as ‘crackers’ … I was excluded from being a plain cracker, but a multigrain one because I take such interest in learning about their backgrounds and cultures. I definitely take that as a compliment. We are all human. We are beautiful people because we have different skin tones, have different faiths, have different sexual identities, etc., and there should be nothing but love and support for you being your authentic self. I aspire to be the person that will treat you fairly and let you be your genuine self, making sure you never have to hide one of your identities in my presence.

Alexandra Trevino

Alexandra Trevino

You look Indian, but you're not?

While I am mixed, I was raised in a Creole household. Growing up, people would ask me where I was from and when I'd say "Houston", they would then ask "Okay well what are you?" My answer always came as a shock, as my physical features (hair texture and skin color) closely resembled that of my Hispanic father. My response of "Creole and Hispanic" was confusing, as many people have never heard of Creole before. Another thing, I never learned fluent Spanish, but many people have assumed that I can speak it based on my features. For a time I would simplify and say I was black and Hispanic, as Creole is a mix of African, French, and European dating back to the 16th century. Now, I don't simplify and I'm happy to explain a little bit about what Creole means.

monica flores

Monica Flores

An American woman with Hispanic roots.

Being Hispanic is more than the word I choose to identify with. It is about the language culture and traditions that has shaped me into who I am today. it is about a community of individuals that see me for who I am and that I know will always love me and support me. And for that, they will forever be my family.

thomas marshal

Thomas Marshall III

You sound like a white boy

Growing up in the predominantly black schools of South Carolina, All the kids at school would always say Thomas you sound like a white boy. That narrative has always stuck with me because of its own internalized racism that centers whiteness with talking “proper” or using not using slang. It’s who I am my Blackness is not predicated on the way I talk but the way I live out my truth.