Event Calendar

Monday, February 27, 2017

Language and Culture Exchange

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Student Center South – Multipurpose Room East

Share and learn about languages and cultures from around the world here at UH! Enjoy international food, discuss cultural experiences of others, and get your event passport stamped throughout the event to get your FREE UH shirt!

Sponsored by: Learning Aboard, Language Acquisition Center, Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Intent vs. Impact

4:00 – 5:00pm
Student Center North – Senate Chambers

This workshop will provide participants with an awareness and understanding of the ways biased statements and practices unconsciously and consciously communicate derogatory or hurtful messages to individuals.

Sponsored by: Center for Diversity and Inclusion


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

#Trending NOW – Conversations that Matter

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Student Center South – Space City Room

A group of UH Staff and Faculty committed to advancing diversity education program.

Culture Connect Coffee Hours

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Cougar Place, Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II, and Moody Towers

Come grab free coffee and a snack and learn about how we are more than our first impressions of each other. You should come if you want to share and learn about what someone would not know just by looking at you.

Sponsored by: Student Housing and Residence Life; Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Purple Eyes Performance

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Student Center Theater

Purple Eyes is an ancestral auto-biography solo performance where Josh Inocencio investigates his identity as a gay Chicano amid the lineage of machismo men in his family.

Here is a description about the performance from his website:

“Many generations of Inocéncios originated in Michoacán, a southern Mexican state with strong P’urhépecha connections, before they emigrated to the United States. And as my cousin Chuy says, “those Michoacán men, tu sabes, are on another level of machismo.” The title Purple Eyes comes from my dad’s notorious purple sunglasses he wore when I was kid, a remnant of his flashier clothing when he worked as an undercover cop in gay night clubs. The “purple eyes” also imply the ability of the men in my family to queer the world around them despite their hyper-masculine tendencies. From strawberry farms to the U.S. military and from welding shops to the police force, the piece interrogates passages of masculinity and how the men in my family have negotiated supremely heterosexual spaces that view queerness as a weakness. The play is a solo show, so I perform as myself as well as my dad, my grandpa, and my great-grandpa through memories I have collected over the years.  I do not seek to write biographies or historical narratives. Rather, my performance of these stories are my queer imaginings and interpretations of memories.”

Sponsored by: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ Resource Center, English Department, Department of Hispanic Studies Department, and the Center for Mexican American Studies


Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Purple Eyes Ancestral Autobiography writing workshop

11:00am – 12:15pm
Student Center South - Bayou City Room

In this Ancestral Auto/Biographies workshop, participants will bring a family heirloom or cultural object from home, and Josh Incocencio will guide them through a series of exercises so that they can craft their own short, solo pieces based on personal experiences and memories of their family members. He incorporates three rounds each workshop: a prologue, a central conflict, and a resolution. Since he follows the process from his own play, Purple Eyes, (showing is on Tuesday night in the Student Center South) he performs brief selections each round so that the students have concrete examples. Every participant will write and, hopefully, perform their material. After each performance, he provides brief feedback on interesting things they did and how to expand their writing into a fully-fledged solo play.

Sponsored by: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ Resource Center, English Department, Department of Hispanic Studies Department, and the Center for Mexican American Studies

Go Against the Flow: Women in STEM documentary

12:00pm – 1:30pm
University of Houston Career Services -Student Services Center 1

A documentary about women entrepreneurs who successfully navigated the technology industry. Watch as women from all backgrounds share theirs personal experiences about, walking away from the well-trod path even when it means forfeiting scholarships, tempting job offers, the approval of friends and family, following their passions in male dominated fields, knowing when the moment is right to take the plunge, failing and using failure as a roadway, not a roadblock to success.

Sponsored by: University Career Services, UH Red Labs, The Women & Gender Resource Center and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Immigrant Means…A poetry and art exhibit

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Center for Diversity and Inclusion – Student Center South B12

Join immigrant students at UH as we define what being an immigrant is through the visual and auditory arts. At a moment in history in which immigrants are used as scapegoats in political rhetoric, this platform is for all immigrant students to express their view on the immigrant experience.

Please submit all inquiries and art by February 26 (extensions available upon request) via president@uhyea.org

Sponsored by: Youth Empowerment Alliance and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

My Favorite Lecture: A Guide to Sex: Contemporary Words Defined - Presented by: Dr. Maria Gonzalez, Associate professor, Department of English

11:30am – 12:30pm
Student Center South – Skyline Room

This lecture is a clarification of the terms we use to define sexual orientation, gender identity, sexuality, and gender expression.  It is also gives all members easy and quick tools to help individuals explain these terms to others.

Sponsored by: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Cougar Ally Training

12:45pm – 4:00pm
Student Center North – Synergy Room

The training assists faculty, staff and students in increasing their awareness of issues that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people face. In a non-threatening setting, CAT teaches participants to create an accepting campus environment for UH’s LGBTQ population. Allies are given a placard to display as a visible statement of support for the LGBTQ community.

Sponsored by: LGBTQ Resource Center

Thursday Night Dance Fusion

6:30pm – 10:00pm
Student Center South – Houston Room

Join the Culture Connect Week celebration at our third annual Thursday Night Dance Fusion. We will have free Salsa, Afro Beats, and Bhangra dance lessons all in the same place!

At 6:30pm, we will have 45 minutes dance lessons followed by a large dance social until 10:00pm. Pizza and beverages provided – Free t-shirts for dance lesson participants!

Sponsored by: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion


Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Love your Selfie

11:00am – 1:00pm
Cougar Village Courtyard

Let’s learn to “Love Your Selfie”! EveryBODY is beautiful and we will be celebrating our diversity in this exciting event! Come take selfies with us, identify positive self-statements, receive some fun swag, and learn about to increase your body image acceptance! By the end, we will have created an art project with polaroids that will encourage everyone to find out why they love their seflies.

Sponsored by: Student Housing and Residence Life and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Infra(RED) – Hip Hop EvolUHtion

8:00pm – 11:00pm
Student Center South – Houston Room

Come learn about the roots and evolution of Hip Hop culture. There will be food, music, fun and activities to keep you busy all night long!

Sponsored By: The Center for Student Involvement, Student Housing and Residence Life