Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI)

Mission

The Mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to engage, empower, and educate students, faculty, and staff to build a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus environment for all members of the Texas Southern University community. The Center develops programming and trainings, facilitates mentoring opportunities, and engages in outreach and advocacy efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. 

Vision

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will lead the university in realizing its potential to become an ever-more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus by empowering the campus community with a shared vision, understanding, and acceptance of responsibility for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The office will lead efforts to leverage the diversity of the University to promote cultural competence as a fundamental skill of Texas Southern University students, faculty, staff and the institutionalization of diversity and inclusion as transformative forces that enhance academic excellence.

Principles

Engage: Engages constituents by providing intercultural dialogues, university programs partnerships, and highlighting organizations and services that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Empower: Empowers students to celebrate their cultural heritage and others by offering transformative diverse campus programming and by providing leadership experiences that maximize their potential. The office is an avenue for developing students’ sense of belonging.

Educate: Educates the Texas Southern University campus by offering meaningful educational programs, lecture series, and workshops that advance diversity education and cultural competence. The office also serves as a change agent in fostering and inclusive environment.

 

Staff

Mr. Roberto Regas serves as the coordinator for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). In addition to leading the ODEI at Texas Southern University, he also serves as an academic advisor for COLABS. Roberto has a B.A. in English from the University of Houston and is currently completing his Master's in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.

Prior to his arrival at Texas Southern University, he worked at Southern Illinois University as an Advisement and Tutorial Supervisor for an academic program designed for postsecondary students with various learning differences and difficulties. Roberto was born in Argentina but grew up in Houston. Se Habla Espanol!