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Stronger Together: Sew Along Fundraiser 

The Stronger Together Designer Bundle is available for sale at the Fat Quarter Shop. You can find the FREE pattern for downloading from the blog: https://blog.fatquartershop.com/category/black-history-month/

Fat Quarter Shop will match up to $5,000 in donations raised from now through February 29, 2024!

Stronger together | Celebrating Black History Month | I'm sewing along| #FQSStringerTogether2024

2024 UNCF Houston Youth Gala

This highly anticipated event is already sold out! Watch our video to check out last year’s event highlights and read more here.

​UNCF hosts 2023 “A Mind Is…” Gala, raising Vital Funds to Support HBCUs and local Houston Students

UNCF Houston Area Office held its 34th Annual UNCF A Mind Is gala on Saturday, Nov. 18th. This year’s theme, Houston’s Night in Havana, was strategically selected by the committee to connect with the Afro-Latino community which represents, 44% of the Houston Metropolitan community. Seven hundred attendees helped to set new fundraising records as the event raised $700,000 and counting! Lead sponsors were first time contributors Hewlett Packard Enterprises and longtime contributors ConocoPhillips and H-E-B.

Join The Houston Inter-Alumni Council

We are excited to welcome back the Houston Inter-Alumni Council of UNCF and the newly installed President, Dr. Talia M. Pennington-Dorsey. If you attended a UNCF member institution or any other HBCU, consider joining to support minority higher education and advocate for HBCUs and the students that UNCF serves. Contact the UNCF Houston office for more information.


It was a great day!

2023 UNCF Walk for Education Recap

Photo of attendees on walk path

Special thanks to the 2023 UNCF Walk Sponsors and Friends! Presented by Shell USA, Inc., the Walk for Education raised over $260,000 thanks to the generous contributions of 30+ sponsors and registered attendees. Read more here!


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 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 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

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

“A Mind Is…”® Annual Giving Society 

UNCF Houston Staff