2022 Diversity Institute - University of Houston
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2022 Diversity Institute

Good Trouble: Allyship in Action

Participants learned more about how to engage in ally behavior, and how to move past performative allyship into solidarity that can create meaningful change for marginalized communities. The 2022 Institute was hosted in partnership with the Center for Student Involvement and the Women and Gender Resource Center. In collaboration with these departments, an Empower track was available focused on women in leadership.

2022 Diversity Institute Program

Schedule of Events

Check-In and Welcome

Education Session Block 1:

Presenter: Celina Dugas (she/her/hers)

This session provides critical education to effectively engage with and support Military and Veterans. This presentation will strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to successfully address the needs of our over 3,000 military-connected students on campus. More information on ally training for Military and Veterans can be accessed through the UH Green Zone Training hosted by UH Veteran Services.

Presenter: Jessica Maidlow (she/her/hers)

This session will discuss the topics of vulnerability and leadership within your new professional role post graduation. This session will involve videos and discussions to gain perspective and insight on how to navigate the leadership side of the new professional role.

Presenter: Anneliese Bustillo (she/her/hers)

We’ve all heard of Susan B. Anthony and Gloria Steinem, but this session is about celebrating unsung SHEroes like Dr. Grace Lee Boggs, bell hooks, and Jovita Idar. Come learn about their inspiring leadership and how they empowered allies through history. From building grassroots movements to running business to publishing books, explore how you can serve as an effective ally to communities of color.

Education Session Block 2:

Presenters: Anneliese Bustillo (she/her/hers), and Juliann Losey (they/them/theirs)

As attacks on trans & non-binary people increase across the country, it’s time for LGBTQ allies to level up. In this session, we will discuss the unique needs of the trans and non-binary community and explore where advocacy is needed most.

This session provides frameworks and a space for people of color to engage in dialogue about solidarity. The presenter will review different solidarity frameworks and apply those directly to communities of color and ways that people of color can show up with and for each other. This session will benefit participants who are interested in engaging across communities of color and learning from and with each other about ways to show up in the community.

Presenters: Judith Corral, Maria Honey, Dr.Raven Jones, Esmeralda Luna, Hope Pacheco, Stephanie Perez Gil, and Esmeralda Valdez (all presenters use she/her/hers pronouns)

This session will bring awareness to the largest subpopulation of UH students, Latina undergraduates, and will provide recommendations to faculty/staff on how they can support Latina students at UH in balancing their intersectional identities and navigating the structures of higher education. This session will also focus on how allyship among Women of Color in various roles helps to support student success through a culturally relevant program, the Las Comadres College Mentoring Program.

Keynote Panel and Lunch:

  • Mara Affre (she/her/hers) – Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Services UH System
  • Sandra Glass (she/her/hers) – Program Coordinator, Veteran Services
  • Kyle Mutz (he/him/his) – Director, Justin Dart, Jr. Student Accessibility Center
  • John Shiflet (he/him/his) – Program Director, Cougars in Recovery

Education Session Block 3:

Presenter: Kyle Mutz (he/him/his)

This session will discuss the ever changing world of accessibility for students with disabilities and how to create positive universal designed environments that support inclusive opportunities. This session is hosted by the Director of the Justin Dart, Jr. Student Accessibility Center.

Presenter: JR Rubinsky (they/them/theirs)

Often LGBT+ people have a hard time finding role models that reflect their values. This is due to the fact that many find themselves having to compromise their identity or values to fit into the heteronormative society, the erasure of LGBT+ history and stories of leadership, and lack of large amounts of LGBT+ people in positions of power. This session will focus on the history of LGBT+ leaders, how LGBT+ culture fits leadership/professionalism, and how people can empower LGBT+ leadership.

Presenter: Dr. Aliya Beavers (she/her/hers)

As leaders of teams and organizations it is important to be able to engage with and effectively work with people from varying life experiences that may be different from your own. Through this workshop, participants will learn more about their personal identities and about how these identities impact their work and subsequently their interactions with others.

Closing Networking Mixer