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.
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).
- 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 discuss issues of concern;
- To educate the University of Houston community on topics that concern women with a special focus on violence against women due to gender, sexual identity, race, or disability;
- To identify and research issues that affect University of Houston women;
- To serve as a liaison between women on campus and the administration, and
- To celebrate the achievements of University of Houston women by featuring a UH female faculty, staff or student each month on our web site in the "Spotlight" feature.
- 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 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.