UNCF Houston

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UNCF Houston is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around.

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Regional Events

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2023 UNCF Fat Quarter Shop Black History Month Fundraiser

Every quilt tells a story, and this year’s Stronger Together quilt tells a history – of exploration, innovation, and remarkable achievements of three intrepid African Americans! To celebrate Black History Month, we’re sharing two special patterns to fundraise for UNCF.

Fat Quarter Shop is sharing the 2023 Stronger Together Quilt Pattern and Stronger Together Cross Stitch Pattern in support of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), and we encourage you to donate $15 (below) to our UNCF campaign for the use of each of these free patterns!

During the quilt along and stitch along in February 2023, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to join them in sewing part of the design each week for four weeks!

Learn more by visiting: http://give.uncf.org/FatQuarterShop

Join The Houston Inter-Alumni Council

Houston Alumni Council Invite GraphicWe are excited to welcome back the Houston Inter-Alumni Council of UNCF and the newly installed President, Necoya Tyson of Shaw University.

Did you attend a UNCF member institution or any other HBCU? Are you interested in supporting minority higher education?
If you answered yes to either, then the Houston Inter-Alumni Council is looking for you.

This group of alumni volunteer their time to advocate and champion on behalf of UNCF, HBCUs and the students they serve. We’re looking for new members to join and continue the charge for better futures.

Contact the UNCF Houston office for more information.

It was a great day!

Video created by TSU Student Marquis Walker

A Very Special Thanks to Our  Walk Sponsors and Friends: 

ABC 13, ABC alliantgroup, The Boeing Company, CenterPoint Energy, Charles Stewart, City of Houston, Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Comcast Cable, Enterprise Holdings, ExxonMobil, Frenchy’s, Harris County Precinct 1, HBCU Alumni Association, H-E-B, Houston Leadership Council Members, hulu, Just In Time Photography, Marathon Petroleum Company, Mary Thompson, Methodist Cardiologist, Motiva, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Radio One, Shell USA Inc., Southern Sound & Lighting, Southwest Airlines, Shipley’s Donuts, and Waste Management.

Houston-Supported HBCUs Punch Above their Weight

The UNCF research report HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect. >> Read More at UNCF.org/PATW.

News and Information

UNCF Houston 2022 – 2023 Leadership Council

Valentine A. Emesih, P.E. (Chair)
Vice President, Operational Technology & Markets
CenterPoint Energy
Time of Service: 2017

Benny Agosto, Jr., Partner
Law Office of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols,
Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner
Time of Service: 2014

Michael Alvarez
President & CEO Diverse Supplier and Workforce
Time of Service: 2012

Phil Dyson
Human Resources Manager
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Time of service: 2022

Byron Keith Ellis, M.D.
Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates
Time of Service: 2017

Denise Hall
Advisor, US D&I
Shell Oil Company
Time of Service: 2022

Eric C. Hylton
National Director of Compliance
Time of Service: 2022

Julie T. Fitzpatrick
SVP, POS Merchant Relationship
Citizens Bank
Time of Service: 2014

Bryce Hairston Kennard
External Affairs Manager
Comcast Cable
Time of Service: 2014

Kayla McCollum
VP, Asset & Wealth Management Division
Goldman Sachs
Time of Service: 2022

Anastasia “Stacy” Penright
Community Partnerships & Outreach Principal Management
Amazon Web Services
Time of Service: 2022

Nichelle Poindexter
Vice President, Membership
Greater Houston Partnership
Time of Service: 2020

Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Jackson Walker LLP
Time of Service: 2013

Victor Nivens
Vice President, HR
Time of Service: 2022

Deborah J. Wilson
Motor Fuel Tax Manager
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Time of Service: 2022

UNCF Houston Staff