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CLASS Diversity Statement

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at the University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, commits to fostering diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environments for all students, faculty, and staff. The College’s ability to provide a fair and open learning community marked by mutual respect and appreciation through equitable treatment for all is foundational to its success in its teaching and research missions, and in maintaining its standing among Tier One institutions of higher education. Our diversity strengthens us.

Our goals include:

  • Providing an outstanding education for all CLASS undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, national origin, family structure or disability
  • Recruiting, retaining and fostering a diverse faculty and staff
  • Recruiting, retaining and fostering diverse graduate and undergraduate students
  • Preparing all our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a diverse and interconnected global environment
  • Enhancing the campus climate for inclusion

The College’s efforts in these respects are supported by the CLASS Diversity Committee, which advises the Dean and the College in the promotion, documentation, and evaluation of CLASS diversity efforts, especially in underrepresented areas.

The University of Houston has been recognized as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian-American Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. We are one of only three Tier One HSIs in the nation and the sole Tier One HSI in Texas.

We invite you to explore the rich diversity of ideas, people, and resources in our College and at the University of Houston!


The following are among the diversity-related resources based in CLASS and the University, available for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni:

  • The Advance Portal links the activities of NSF Advance Institutional Transformation Grant recipients and has many links and resources relating to increasing diversity on college campuses.
  • Center for Students with DisABILITIES provides support services to students with temporary or permanent health impairments, physical limitations, psychiatric disorders, or learning disabilities. Advocacy services and environmental accessibility assistance are also provided.
  • Challenger (TRIO) Program is a federally funded “Student Support Services” project funded by the Department of Education to assist students who are primarily low-income, physically disabled and/or first generation college students. Student participants come from an array of backgrounds that cut cross all ethnical/racial, gender and socio-economic boundaries.
  • Cougar Ally Training offered by the LGBT Resource Center
  • Council of Ethnic Organizations is a student fee–funded organization that promotes cultural awareness and appreciates the diversity at the University of Houston. This site is a gateway to other ethnic organizations.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services, Diversity Institute is an annual campus-wide event for students, faculty and staff, developed to explore issues related to diversity and multiculturalism. Counseling and Psychology Services also offers a number of other resources.
  • Language Acquisition Centerprovides interactive tutorials, word processing capabilities, dictionaries, and Internet access for the study of world languages, literatures, and cultures.
  • LGBT Resource Center has various resources and programming for and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community
  • Office of Community Relations and Institutional Access focuses on improving the university’s community partnerships and enhancing and improving access to college for talented, underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students. This office also oversees the Women’s Resource Center, the LGBT Resource Center, and the Center for Students with DisABILITIES, which are all linked from this page.
  • University Commission On Women is responsible for informing and advising the President and other senior administrative leaders, as well as the general university community, on issues and concerns that have an impact on women at the University of Houston. This site contains a number of resources but most importantly the Status on Women Report.
  • Women’s Resource Center has various resources and programming for and about women around our own campus

Identity Based Programs

Report and Committee

Diversity Report

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is committed to the concept of diversity. Faculty and administration are mutually interested in the welfare of the college, and they share in oversight of many aspects of college life. 

The committee’s charge will be to initially review the data on ethnic, gender, and racial diversity and retention of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Additionally it will be expected to use the review of data to develop recommendations for enhancing the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students who contribute to the diversity of the College, especially in areas of underrepresentation. 

View the 2011 report | View 2013 update to the report’s data.

CLASS Diversity Committee Members

Amanda Baumle, associate professor, Department of Sociology
Aimee Chin, associate professor, Department of Economics
Guillermo de los Reyes, associate professor, Department of Hispanic Studies; and associate director, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
Amy O’Neal, director of assessment and accreditation services, CLASS Dean’s Office
Demetrius Pearson, associate professor, Department of Health & Human Performance
Raul Ramos, associate professor, Department of History
Linda Reed, associate professor, Department of History
Christina Sisk, assistant professor, Department of Hispanic Studies
Christiane Spitzmueller, associate professor, Department of Psychology
Sharon Wen, professor, Department of Modern & Classical Languages