Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: 9 Leaders Making A Difference

From advocating for children and immigrants to creating businesses to expanding access to the arts and community services and beyond, these Houstonians are creating a better future for our region Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month was initially established as AAPI Heritage Week to last the first 10 days of May. This timeframe …

Women’s History Month: 8 Houston Leaders making a difference today

From protecting green spaces to fighting for gender equality and beyond, these are the women creating a better future for our region Every March, the United Nations sets a theme for Women’s History Month, and the theme for 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. This theme celebrates the …

Janis Scott: A Powerful Voice for Transportation Equity

This Transit Equity Day, we would like to acknowledge and thank Janis Scott for her unceasing commitment to improving and preserving public transit access for all Houston-area residents. Janis truly embodies the values central to transit equity.  A Rice University graduate and a native Houstonian, Janis has been riding the bus all her life. She …

Celebrating Houston’s Hispanic Heritage: 11 Latino Community Leaders Making a Difference Today

Meet Latino community leaders who are forging a brighter path for Houston Houston heritage is Hispanic heritage. The remarkable contributions of Houston’s Hispanic community can be felt in nearly every square inch of our sprawling region, forming a trajectory that aligns closely with our region’s future.  Within the next ten years, Hispanic/Latino* residents are projected …

Meet Alice Valdez: Musician, educator, advocate, and MECA founder

Alice Valdez: Musician—Educator—Advocate Access to and participation in the arts is a vital part of any community; and in a region as diverse as Houston, the arts play a crucial role in helping us see and understand cultures other than our own. And while Houston may be home to several world-class arts and culture organizations, …

Making Houston History Today: 6 Black Changemakers you Should Know

From political leaders and activists to landscape-shifting scientists, musicians and astronauts, the contributions of Black changemakers are embedded in Houston’s identity. And looking forward, there’s no sign of that changing any time soon.  More Houstonians have access to health care, more is being done to protect our air quality, and more of our most vulnerable …

Houston native and community activist for the temporarily homeless

Sharon Johnson: Aspiring — temporarily homeless — graphic designer There are 3,938 homeless men, women and children in the Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties, combined, according to the 2019 homeless count by the Coalition for the Homeless. And as of now, Houston-native Sharon Johnson is one of them. Johnson, 57, was born and raised …

Archiving the Asian-American experience

Anne Chao: Manager, Houston Asian American Archive — Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities — Rice University Since 2010, Rice University’s Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) has chronicled the oral history of Houston’s Asian American community.  “Houston has the eighth largest Asian American population in the country but does not have an oral history archive to …

NAMI executive director, advocate for a broader perspective on mental illness

Neal Sarahan: Doctor — Ally — Advocate for mental illness Annual physicals are a natural rhythm in a modern adult’s life, but nearly 15% of Americans haven’t had contact with a health care professional in the past year. Mental-health check-ups are even less common. Approximately, 1 in 5 adult Americans experiences mental illness in a …