UHAA is pleased to continue our webinar series that brings programs of interest to our alumni. The opportunity to engage online provides a great avenue for us to connect while expanding our knowledge. As part of this new initiative, dynamic presenters will provide education and insight into a variety of topics, sure to stimulate and inspire. Check out our upcoming webinars below and register to reserve your place – space is limited! If you cannot attend one of our webinars, we have recordings available below for later viewing.

Questions? Contact us at alumni@uh.edu.


Navigating Through Crises

with UH College of Education
Tuesday, November 16 | 6:00 PM

100 Days In

with UH Political Science
Thursday, May 13 | 6:30 PM CT

NSM Movie Night

Hidden Figures
Friday, March 26, 2021 | 6:15 PM CT

More Webinars Coming Soon!

Navigating Through Crises

with UH College of Education

The College of Education will host a free virtual event on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss research and insights to help us face these uncertain and challenging times.  After the discussion, stay online for a free mindfulness session led by Bradley Smith, a professor of school psychology, and a student lab member.

Date & Location

Tuesday, November 16 | 6:00 PM CT
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Speaker

  • Blake A. Allan, an associate professor and director of the counseling psychology doctoral program, will present on “Working during COVID-19: Inequity, Uncertainty and Loss.”
  • Ruth López, an assistant professor of school leadership, will present on “Supporting K-12 and College Latinx Students Through a Public Crisis.”
  • AprilPeters-Hawkins, an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, will present on “Brave Conversations: Talking to Children About Race.”
  • Diana Castillo, a two-time UH alumna and the principal of Houston ISD’s Pilgrim Academy, will share lessons learned from leading her team to support students amid the pandemic.

NSM Movie Night: Hidden Figures

About the Event

Tune in for a special edition of NSM Movie Night. You’ll hear from a panel including Mathematics Professor Garret Etgen, who worked at NASA during the time of Hidden Figures, and Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, Elizabeth S. Smith and Jennifer Scott Williams, all of whom currently work for NASA in various official capacities.

Movie Night Schedule

6:15 pm
Live movie introduction and panel discussion
7–9:10 pm
Watch the movie on your own
9:45–10 pm
Interactive Q&A about the movie.

Accessing the Movie

Hidden Figures is free to watch with a Disney+ or Hulu subscription. You can rent the movie starting at $3.99 from a variety of sources. We’ve listed some popular sites below:

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email two days before the event.
If you have questions, please contact Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or jkharris@central.uh.edu.

Date & Location

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 6:15 PM
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

The Panel

Woody Williams (FS ’88)

Wade Phillips (’70)

Jolanda Jones (’89, JD ’95)

Alois Blackwell (’78)

Billy Ray Brown (’85)

Erik Barajas (’99)

Wade Phillips (’70)

A linebacker at the University of Houston from 1966-68, Phillips began his coaching career with his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1969. He is a veteran of 40+ NFL seasons, and became a Super Bowl Champion as a defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Phillips has been a part of 20+ different top-10 defensive units during his NFL career and has coached a total of 30+ Pro Bowlers, including a few Pro Football Hall of Famers. He is one of three individuals in NFL history to be named Assistant Coach of the Year multiple times by the Pro Football Writers of America. Phillips also received the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award from the PFWA in 2016 (lifetime achievement as an NFL assistant coach).

Grad School 101

About the Event

In partnership with the UH Graduate School, this webinar will provide tips about choosing a graduate program and school, preparing a strong application, and funding your graduate studies.  Includes Q&A time for answering specific questions.

Date & Location

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 5:30 PM CT
Instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar.

About the Panel

Sarah C. Larsen
is the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Houston and a Professor of Chemistry (2018-present). At the University of Houston, she oversees all graduate and professional programs. She has focused on increasing graduate enrollment and on promoting and implementing professional development opportunities for graduate students.   Currently, she is also the chair of the Association of Texas Graduate Schools.
Dr. Larsen earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Bowdoin College and her PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University. She was a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory prior to starting a faculty position in Chemistry at the University of Iowa where she also served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate College.

Susan E. Scarrow
is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  In this capacity she oversees recruiting, admissions and student success for the college’s 12 doctoral programs and 16 master’s degrees.  She is a Professor of Political Science and former chair and graduate director in the department of Political Science.  She holds a University of Houston Moores Professorship.

Author Talk with Chitra Divakaruni

Author of Before We Visit the Goddess

About the Event

As chosen by our participants, UHAA Book Club’s next selection is the best seller Before We Visit the Goddess by University of Houston’s own, Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing.

As we begin reading, join us for a virtual introduction with Dr. Divakaruni.

Then for the next several weeks, the UHAA Book Club will guide readers through thoughtful discussion in a private online forum. There is no cost to participate — you’ll just need to get a copy of the book to enjoy!

Join the conversation and the community of the UHAA Book Club!

You do not need to be enrolled in the UHAA Book Club to attend the Author Talk. 

Date & Location

Tuesday, August 10 | 12:00 PM
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Panel

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing
University of Houston – College of Liberal Arts and Social Science

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing included in over 50 anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, O.Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Russian and Japanese; many have been used for campus-wide and city-wide reads. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay. She loves to connect with readers on Facebook, Twitter (@cdivakaruni) and Instagram (@divakarunichitra).


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