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UHD President’s Lecture Series Continues April 8 With Dr. Tia Brown McNair

Spring 2022 Student Success & Equity Summit Part II


Student Success and Equity Summit Schedule, Part II
Friday, April 8, 2022
9 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
To attend in person or virtually, register using this link.

9– 9:10 a.m.
Dr. Sheila Lloyd’s Welcome & Introduction Video
Student Video: When did you feel like you belonged at UHD?

9:10 – 9:15 a.m.
Dr. Lloyd introduces Dr. Jemma Sylvester-Caesar
Dr. Sylvester-Caesar introduces President Loren Blanchard

9:15 – 9:25 a.m.
President Blanchard’s Welcome & Video

9:25 – 9:30 a.m.
Introduction of Dr. Brown McNair

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Tia Brown McNair’s Keynote Address & Q/A moderated by Dr. Vida Robertson

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Student Forum with Dr. Brown McNair

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.
What Does It Mean to Serve UHD Students?

10:40 – 10:45 a.m.
Ms. Turnquest introduces student video, "What barriers/obstacles have you (or do you) face in attending UHD?"

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
What does it mean to serve students at an HSI/MSI?
Ms. Monica Comeaux, Dr. Isidro Grau, Mr. Branston Harris, and Dr. John Indiatsi, Moderated by Dr. Sylvester-Caesar

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

11:30 – 11:40 a.m.

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Speed Workshops
Session 1
EAB Introduction/Refresher (Hosted by DAIR)
TDECU Tour Room

Session 2
Student Financial Aid Speedbumps (Hosted by Financial Aid)
Milam Room

Session 3
Career Readiness & Student Success (Hosted by Marilyn Davies College of Business Career Center)
Travis Room

12:20 – 12:30 p.m.
Pick-Up Lunch

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Cross-Functionality: A Facilitated Discussion
Facilitated by Dr. Daniel Villanueva
TDECU Tour Room

1:15 – 1:25 p.m.
Guided Mediation
​Dr. Liza Lane

1:25 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.
What is the cost of attending UHD?

1:30 – 1:35 p.m.
Ms. Turnquest introduces student video, "What would faculty and staff support mean to you?"

1:35 – 2:10 p.m.
"Helping the Helpers: Staff, Faculty, and Student Success"
Drs. Heather Goltz, Liza Barros Lane, Dana Smith Hope Pamplin, and Tamera Davis Moderated by Ms. Cleopatra Frazier

2:10 – 3:00 p.m.
Action Planning

The Spring President’s Lecture Series on Justice, Equity & Inclusion continues its two-part 2022 Student Success and Equity Summit  9 - 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 8, with Dr. Tia Brown McNair.

Part II of the Summit features McNair, who is Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. She oversees both funded projects and the organization’s continuing programs on equity, inclusivePresident’s Lecture Series presents Dr. Tia Brown McNair excellence, high-impact practices and student success.

She also directs its Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success and TRHT Campus Centers, and serves as the project director for several organizational initiatives. She is the lead author of “From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education” and “Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success.” In 2020, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named McNair one of 35 outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education’s toughest challenges and made a positive difference in their communities. 

This event will be moderated by Dr. Sheila Lloyd, who serves as UHD’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and helps lead the University’s Strategic Planning Process

Part I of the Summit featured award-winning educator Dr. Timothy Renick, who addressed ways institutions can bridge equity gaps to increase student success in his presentation, “Inclusive Excellence, the Way Forward: Recommitting to Student Success.”  

The President’s Lecture Series on Justice, Equity & Inclusion began in 2021 addressing topics such as health equity among communities of color, organizational diversity and the impact of climate change in Houston. The series is supported by a $75,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation and sponsored by the UHD Office of the Provost.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.