University of Houston-Victoria


Diversity and Race Task Force

About the Diversity and Race Task Force

President Bob Glenn formed the UHV Diversity and Race Task Force (“Task Force”) to help guide the University and lead the community amid growing national concerns on the effects of individual and systemic racism and prejudice. The Task Force provides guidance to the President and campus recommendations on future policies, programs and strategies. The Task Force recognizes that various forms of bias reinforce and compound the negative effects of racism including but not limited to bias based on national origin, LGBTQ+ status, gender, disability and other protected identities. The Task Force Mission Statement provides five key areas to focus University efforts so that students, employees and visitors can benefit from diverse perspectives in University programs. The Task Force includes membership from the University administration, faculty, staff and student representatives.


The Mission of the Diversity and Race Task Force is to promote diversity and inclusion in five areas of University life: (1) Curriculum, (2) Recruitment and Retention, (3) Campus Programs, (4) Diversity and the Greater Community and (5) Sustainable Diversity. By supporting diverse perspectives, the University aims to educate global citizens and empower community members to confront and tackle social inequities. In the following five areas, the Task Force endeavors:

  • Curriculum: To create a campus community that not only recognizes forms of bias but amplifies diverse perspectives and actively works to eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia and other harmful stereotypes.
  • Recruitment and Retention: To review employment and student trends and internal processes in order to advise on new practices, reach diverse candidate pools and eliminate selection biases.
  • Campus Programs: To support University programs that represent minority perspectives and to increase collaboration among departments on institutional diversity planning.
  • Diversity and the Greater Community: To identify options for the University to provide public resources to the region and share the diverse perspectives of the University community.
  • Sustainable Diversity: To recommend structural changes to embed diversity values into the DNA of the University including a strategic plan on diversity and inclusion.

Current Projects

The UHV Library Fund for Diversity Resources helps support the purchase of works that represent diverse authors and experiences to support diversity, equity and social justice education.

The CommUNITY Book Club is funded by the Diversity and Race Task Force so that print, audio and e-books for featured works are available at the UHV Library. The Book Club meets quarterly and is part of a collaboration with United Way of the Crossroads, the Center for Peace, Be Well Victoria Coalition and Victoria College. Visit the UHV Library's Book Club page for more information.

UHV also participates in recurring Equity Challenges hosted by the United Way of the Crossroads. The Task Force shares opportunities and guidance for small group discussion centered around Equity Challenge topics. For current sign-ups and more information, visit the United Way's Equity Work page.

During 2021, the Task Force hosted spring and summer roundtables with community organizations to draft a series of roundtable community topics filtered through personal experiences of race, gender, immigration, and more. The Task Force plans to continue to work with organizations to invite community members to participate in roundtables (subject to event requirements for the pandemic).

The Task Force is currently developing a Community Oral History Project to explore topics of race and community as portrayed by the varied lived experiences of native and new Victorians. This project is in the training and development stage, and please contact Rebecca Lake for more information.

The Task Force has also funded new employee and leader anti-bias training initiatives that will be scheduled over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year through Human Resources.

The Task Force approved funds to support community events such as 2021 Día de los Muertos and new cultural performances as part of the International Festival.

Working Groups

The following working groups are available for current UHV faculty, staff and students to provide input and recommendations for future University programs and strategies:

Curriculum: What are we teaching?

  • Academic Curriculum Working Group to recommend designs for curriculum plans that incorporate diversity topics as part of required academic courses and/or electives.
  • UHV Community Curriculum Working Group to recommend new additions to employee training to set expectations in the workplace, mitigate the effects of bias and train supervisors on best practices.

Recruitment and Retention: Who are we bringing to UHV and how do we keep them?

  • Faculty Recruitment and Retention Working Group to recommend strategies to attract and retain diverse faculty as well as improve diversity and inclusion for part-time faculty.
  • Staff and Administrator Recruitment and Retention Working Group to recommend strategies to attract and retain diverse administrators, serve the needs of diversity and inclusion among staff and provide equal access to advancement opportunities.
  • Student Recruitment and Retention Working Group to review current practices for student recruitment and success with attention to diversity and recommend ways to address concerns.

Campus Programs: How are we supporting the UHV community outside of the curriculum?

  • Campus Climate Working Group to identify current practices and recommend methods to assess ongoing campus culture on diversity perspectives.
  • Program Alignment Working Group to recommend long-term organizational practices so that University departments and groups can collegially plan and compliment current efforts, direct institutional attention to available programs and support new ideas for programming.

Diversity and the Greater Community: How will UHV serve as a resource to the region?

  • Civic Engagement Working Group to recommend programs to educate University community members on opportunities for local civic engagement and create opportunity for regional dialogue.
  • Victoria & Katy Outreach Working Group to recommend how the University shapes future cultural, economic and physical footprints in the greater Victoria and Katy communities.

Sustainable Diversity: How will UHV commit to long term diversity and inclusion goals?

  • LEAD with Inclusion Working Group (Listen, Educate, Ask and Develop) to recommend structural mechanisms for University leaders to listen to interested stakeholders, educate themselves on best practices, solicit community feedback and develop long-term diversity and inclusion strategies.
  • Policy and Practice Working Group to recommend University policy updates, public statement(s) and physical designs to represent the diverse University community.

Diversity and Race Task Force Co-Chairs

Diversity and Race Task Force List of Current Members

  • Amina Patton, Assistant Professor of Communication Design
  • Camilla Sutton, Assistant Director for Residence Life
  • Chance Glenn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Cherlyn Hodge, Student Success Coach
  • Eli Juma, Student
  • Eunice Mesa, Training Coordinator
  • Freddie Cantu, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Jean Bosco Irumva, Student
  • Jennifer Ortiz-Garza, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Psychology
  • Jose Cantu, Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Raymond Tucker, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
  • Rebecca Lake, Senior Director for Equal Access
  • Tiarah Figueroa, Student
  • Willie J. Black, Jr., Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Working Group Facilitators

*More information will be updated soon. Please contact a co-chair if you have questions about current working groups.