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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 UNCF.org/PATW.

Juana Collins in Houston with Coca Cola checkCoca Cola Southwest Beverages Donates $10,000 to UNCF Houston

UNCF would like to thank long-time supporter Coca Cola Southwest Beverages for their generous gift of the Last Dollar Scholarship, presented to UNCF Houston’s Area Development Director Juana Collins. This donation will provide last-dollar support to local juniors and seniors who need help getting through college. The check was received on Feb. 3, 2021.



Related News and Events


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.


UNCF Houston 2021 – 2022 Leadership Council

Julie T. Fitzpatrick (Chair)
SVP, POS Merchant Relationship Manager, Citizens Bank

Bryce Hairston Kennard
Communications Manager, Comcast Cable

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

Michael Alvarez
Workforce Development Initiative Manager, Shell Oil Company

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

Nichelle Poindexter
Vice President Membership, Greater Houston Partnership

Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

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