The mission of the Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) is to promote gender equity, gender justice, and student success at the University of Houston through advocacy, education, empowerment, and support services.
- Implement a set of comprehensive programs and services that support the meaningful learning content regarding women and gender and to advocate for gender justice through education, engagement, awareness, and empowerment of students, faculty and staff at the University of Houston;
- To provide a comfortable place where UH students, staff and faculty can seek information on a variety of topics, obtain confidential referrals to appropriate campus and community resources, and to discuss issues of concern;
- To educate the campus community on topics that concern women’s issues, gender equity, and gender-based barriers preventing opportunities of equal access and success
- Advocating for gender justice and gender equity through research, outreach, collaborations, and programming.
- Educating the UH community on women and gender-related issues impacting access, inclusion, development and success.
- Empowering women to be successful through engaging opportunities that build personal, interpersonal, and leadership competencies.
- Supporting the unique needs of staff, faculty, and students of all gender identities by connecting them to campus and community resources.
Dr. Devan Ford-McCartney
Dr. Devan Ford obtained a bachelors’ degree in organizational communication from Texas Southern University, a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Arkansas. Her range of experience includes work with student housing and residence life, student conduct, Greek life housing, academic success initiatives, first-year experience, transitional programs, and college teaching. It was during her time at the University of Arkansas that Devan became interested in women’s issues and gender equality. She was involved in a number of initiatives including the No Women Left Behind sexual assault awareness campaign, Dream B.I.G. (Believing in Girls) Youth Empowerment Camp, and the Women’s Issues Committee. She also served as a co-facilitator for many presentations regarding various women’s issues including: self-esteem and self-image, leadership, and professionalism and the politics of hair. She is pleased to continue her work in higher education and transition into a role where she can serve women in the UH community and bring awareness to gender equity issues, by proudly serving as the Director for the WGRC.
Malkia Hutchinson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Sociology. She worked for two years in Swaziland as a Peace Corps volunteer in community health education. Upon her return to the United States, she worked in Washington DC at a community health center focusing on HIV/AIDS and women's health as a health educator. Malkia also has experience as a women and youth HIV patient navigator at JPS Network Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. She also spent a year as a Resident Supervisor in a women’s shelter in Grand Prairie, Texas. Malkia has a long interest and expertise in women's issues, following stories in a variety of social media platforms.Currently, she is pursuing a degree focusing on health policy from University of Houston's Master of Public Administration program, serves on the Board of Directors for Fund Texas Choice, volunteers with Clinic Access Support Network, and is on University of Houston's Children's Learning Center's Advisory Board. She is pleased to return to a college setting and make a difference for young women in her capacity as WGRC Program Coordinator.
Student Program Assistant
Christina is currently a Creative Writing major at UH. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book she can be seen writing or illustrating for various projects. She is widely passionate about human rights, the written word, and loves meeting new people.
Former WGRC director, Beverly McPhail, describes the services and programs the Women and Gender Resource Center offers. (Thanks to the College of Education interns for making the video).
The Women and Gender Resource Center is proud to be located unter the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.
Click here to see the Division's organizational chart.