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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

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UNCF Houston Had a Dream Night with ‘Dreamgirls” Drive-in Event

Outdoor movie screen with logos Dreamgirls poster projectedThe Houston office hosted a social distancing old fashion Drive-In Movie Night, Saturday, November 21, as an alternative to its annual “A Mind Is…” Gala. More than 65 cars were in attendance (approximately 150 people). Feedback from the attendees included “awesome event”, excellent idea”, “wonderful view”, and “best date night in a longtime”. Everyone was required to stay in their cars and keep their distance. “Dreamgirls” was the featured movie. Lorretta Devine, who played “Lorrell” on the Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” made a virtual appearance. H-E-B was the presenting sponsor, who provided every car with a goodie bag that included popcorn, family bags of M&M’s, trail mix and more. To-date the event has raised $210,000 and still counting.

Scenes from the Annual Houston UNCF Youth Gala, held Jan. 18.
Each year in January, high school students from the Greater Houston and surrounding areas come together to raise funds for education.




UNCF Houston 2019 – 2020 Leadership Council

Bryce Hairston Kennard (Chair)
Communications Manager, Comcast Cable

Julie T. Fitzpatrick (Vice Chair)
Vice President, Rewards Development, Wells Fargo

Benny Agosto, Jr.
Law Offices Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz

Michael Alvarez
Workforce Development Initiative Manager, Shell Oil Company

Reginald DeVaughn
Senior Pastor, Silverlake Church

Michael S. Hoyt
Managing Director; KPMG

Byron Keith Ellis, M.D.
Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates

Valentine A. Emesih, P.E.
Vice President, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric Grid and Market Operations

Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Jeffrey Webber
President, Altair Strickland

Mark Wawro
Partner, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Deborah G. Wilkins-Buford
Sr. EO Consultant, Shell Oil Company

Terry Williams
Regional Vice President, H-E-B

UNCF Houston Staff