Dr. Raven Jones
As Director of the Urban Experience Program, Dr. Raven Jones enhances the quality of education for UH students within the UEP program. As an avid researcher, program developer, and trainer, Dr. Jones’s research concentrates on the cultural resources within urban communities that can be utilized to improve the resiliency and psychological development of underrepresented students. Through the program, Dr. Jones prevents minor obstacles from becoming major setbacks to degree achievement.
Jamesia King joined the Urban Experience Program as the first Program Coordinator in September 2016. In this role, she will empower the UH community to support diversity in education by collaborating with campus partners and coordinating program activities to promote student success. In addition, she will also address the needs and strengths specific to each student by providing academic, financial, personal and career advisement. Jamesia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She also holds a Master of Arts in African American Studies with a concentration in Community Empowerment from Georgia State University. She is passionate and committed to serving as a change agent and advocate for educational equality. As a native of Houston, Jamesia is excited to advise and empower students to be successful here on the UH campus through her role as Program Coordinator.
As Program Coordinator for Teach Forward Houston, Sharlene Laud is excited to continue the work she was doing as an elementary school teacher in striving towards quality education for all students. As a child of immigrants, Sharlene recognizes how valuable education is in creating opportunities for one’s future. She is committed to ensuring that students have the tools and support needed to be successful throughout their educational experience. Sharlene is excited to share her passion for education and community building with the UH campus.
As the Office Coordinator, Latise Carter will be responsible for the office’s administrative functions including budgeting and overseeing graduate and undergraduate student workers. Latise brings with her ten years of customer service experience, including working for the Texas Department of Human Services. Latise received her Associate of Applied Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, and has plans to continue her education in the near future. As she joins the UH Urban Experience Program, Latise is excited to provide students with a wealth of guidance, knowledge, and assistance in receiving a holistic educational experience.
Rachel Hassell grew up in Alvin, Texas and took the scenic route to University of Houston. At the age of 17, Rachel enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard and completed her associate degree at Alvin Community College (ACC). She later earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a certificate in Women’s Studies at University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). During her educational journey she worked part time in various departments within both ACC and UHCL developing a passion for assisting students in the areas of recruitment, enrollment, advisement, and graduation. Her passion for education has inspired her to enroll in University of Houston’s M. Ed in Higher Education Program, with the full intention of becoming a university president in the future.
Jingjing Liu serves as a Graduate Assistant. Jingjing is from China and has completed previous educational experience in China. She is currently enrolled in the M. Ed in Higher Education Program and enjoys different cultural environments that enrich her campus life. She prides herself on joining the UEP team and loves her role of helping students.