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“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Why not invest your time or money in better futures for young people in southern Texas, New Mexico and around the country?

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Join us for the 39th Annual UNCF South Texas – Houston Walk/Bike/Run!

Save the Date Walk for Education

Walk, run, or cycle your way to making a difference! Register today to participate in the 39th Annual UNCF Walk for Education: South Texas – Houston! Whether you love speed or a leisurely ambler, every step counts and you can be a champion for our HBCUs and students. Click here to learn more.

Read more about our 2023 event that raised over $260,000 here.


35th Anniversary “A Mind Is…” Gala

Join us Friday, November 15, 2024 for the 35th Anniversary “A Mind Is…” Gala at the Houston Hilton Americas Hotel! Last year we sold out with over seven hundred attendees, so view sponsorship opportunities and purchase your tables/tickets today!

Below you can watch last year’s Gala video highlighting ‘Houston’s Night in Havana.’ For more information, please contact Zarinah.Poole@UNCF.org

Credit: Right Time Solutions​,​ LLC​.

AMI Gala Save the Date

Save the date! 2025 San Antonio Mayor’s Luncheon – Wednesday, February 5, 2025

San Antonio Mayors Luncheon Press-Release

Click here to view more photos of the event.

Did You Know?

Houston office's supported schools: Texas College, Jarvis Christian University, Wiley University, Huston-Tillotson University

UNCF Houston area office serves Southeast Texas (including Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and the Golden Triangle) and New Mexico. UNCF’s 4 Texas member institutions include Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian University, Texas College and Wiley University. However, UNCF supports students at the four-year accredited school of their choosing and its 37-member institutions to keep their academic programs strong and their tuitions/fees affordable.

UNCF Houston 2024 – 2025 Leadership Council

Victor Nivens (Chair)
Vice President of Human Resources
Time of Service: 2022

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
Time of Service: 2022

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

Denise Hall
Advisor, US D&I
Shell USA, Inc.
Time of Service: 2022

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

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

Ada Ortega
Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
Time of Service: 2023

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

Takea Reshay Reeder
Vice President, Electric Technology and Operational Standards
CenterPoint Energy
Time of Service: 2024

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

Heidi McDonald Smith
Community Advocate
Time of Service: 2024

Rev. Justin T. Williams 
Director of Youth Ministry 
The Fort Bend Church
Time of Service: 2024

Join The Houston Inter-Alumni Council

Interested in joining our Houston Inter-Alumni Council? Join President Dr. Talia M. Pennington-Dorsey and the other HIAC members to support minority higher education and advocate for HBCUs and the students that UNCF serves. Sign up for more information here.

“A Mind Is…”® Annual Giving Society 

UNCF Houston Staff