Raven Jones


As Director of the Urban Experience Program, Dr. 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. Though the program, Dr. Jones prevents minor obstacles from becoming major setbacks to degree achievement.

Elizabeth Bradford Shaver

I am a native Houstonian and a first generation college graduate and alumni from University of Houston and the Urban Experience Program. I have an Associates of Science (Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology). I am currently working on a Masters of Social Work with a concentration on Policy and Program development. I am very excited to give back to a program that gave me so much support as I began my journey into college. The UEP taught me to find and promote my professional image, while expecting only one thing…that I show up and do my part. It was not always easy but the UEP was always there. I hope to continue the journey and make a difference for all of our students.

DeAndria Bluiett

My name is DeAndria Bluiett and I am a native of Houston, TX. I graduated from The University of Houston-Downtown with a BA in Communication Studies. I will be presuming the position of Office Coordinator for the Urban Experience Program. I am excited to be apart of this wonderful team! I am a former employee of The University of Houston. I worked here prior as an Office Assistant II in Bauer College for the Marketing and Communications Department. Needless to say, I enjoyed being here so much that I just couldn’t wait to return. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Jones, this awesome staff and the student body at large.