Dear Cougar Community,
Recently, I asked Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short and Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Walker to establish a work group to prepare a document confirming the University of Houston’s longstanding commitment to diversity. This group has now produced “The UH Diversity and Inclusion Statement,” which I believe does an admirable job setting forth our dedication to these vital principles.
We are indebted to the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group and, in particular, its co-chairs Dean Alan Dettlaff, of the Graduate College of Social Work, and Niya Blair, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. We have listed all the group members below, and I ask that you join me in applauding them for their diligence and this significant contribution to our University.
UH takes justifiable pride in its history of diversity and inclusion. Our Mission Statement spells out our allegiance to these values, specifically pledging to “anticipate and respond to changing demographics in an increasingly diverse and globally independent world.” The UH Diversity and Inclusion Statement was developed to ensure and enhance our continuing support of those standards and is intended to advance dialogue and facilitate appropriate actions related to issues of diversity at our campus.
As the statement declares, “Diversity enriches our university community and is a driving force instrumental to our institutional success and fulfillment of the university’s mission.”
This document is an important confirmation of our values at UH, and I urge everyone to embrace both the spirit and the letter of the UH Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK GROUP
Dr. Alan Dettlaff
Dean, Graduate College of Social Work, Co-Chair
Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Co-Chair
Dr. Richard Baker
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Assistant Vice President, Office of Equal Opportunity Services
Computer Science Department, Staff Council Representative
Dr. Elizabeth Gregory
Professor of English, Director, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Dr. Erika Henderson
Assistant Provost, Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity and Diversity
Dr. Cathy Horn
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; President-elect, Faculty Senate
Dr. Norma Ngo
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Former SGA, Chief of Staff, CLASS
Student Government Association, CLASS
Bonner Leadership Council, Bauer College of Business
Black Student Union, Bauer College of Business
Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office of Equal Opportunity Services
With warm regards,