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One Houston Together

While the issues of racial inequity and systemic racism are not unique to Houston, we have an opportunity as Houstonians to lead the way in reforming broken systems, partnering with communities, offering support and removing barriers. We often speak with pride of Houston being "America’s most diverse city." Now we must work to make Houston "America’s most inclusive and open city", one that does truly offer "opportunity for all." The Partnership and the 900 member companies and institutions we represent are committed to this endeavor.

One Houston Together is our commitment to leverage the power of the business community to reduce inequities. One Houston Together Priorities include: accelerating the growth of underrepresented businesses and increasing racial equity in the corporate talent pipeline and executive leadership.

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Houston Area Equity and Inclusion Organization Assessment

The Greater Houston Partnership has released the results of its inaugural Equity & Inclusion Assessment. A total of 120 companies and organizations participated in the 2021 assessment, which is a robust tool designed to help organizations enhance their equity and inclusion strategy and increase community impact. The assessment establishes a quantitative regional baseline for our collective progress in this, the nation’s most diverse city. View the results via the link.

Racial Equity Principles

The Partnership’s Racial Equity Principles are a framework to communicate the Houston business community’s pledge to reforming systems of bias, strengthening underserved communities, advocating inclusion, and removing barriers to achievement. Although many businesses have made their own individual statements and pledges, this unified approach sends an important signal about the Houston business community’s collective commitment. The Principles articulate how the Partnership and individual businesses can commit to advancing racial equity within their organizations and throughout our community.

Racial Equity Committee

The Partnership has created a new board committee that will guide the organization's actions to address racial equity and racial justice issues in Houston. The mission of the Racial Equity Committee is to harness the collective commitment and resources of Houston’s businesses and institutions to advance bold solutions to strengthen Houston as the most diverse, inclusive and equitable city in the United States.

This committee will operate at the level of our two other “board-member only” direction-setting committees, the Public Policy Steering and Economic Development Steering committees. The new committee will be co-chaired by Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University, and Gretchen Watkins, President of Shell Oil Co. Click the link below for the full roster of committee members.

Racial Equity Conversations

Understanding Racism

Defining and understanding systemic and individual racism.

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Education and Racial Inequities

How does race affect the educational opportunities afforded to individuals and communities in the Houston area? What can we do to ensure quality education is accessible to all?

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Health and Racial Inequities

A look at why race-based disparities remain in outcomes, access, cost and quality of care.

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Developing Equitable Communities

Today, a person’s zip code remains one of the best indicators of their health and wealth. But there are renewed efforts to close the gaps in equity in our region’s communities.

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The Business Community's Role in Addressing Racial Inequities

What can individual companies and the broader corporate community do to help eliminate racial disparities?

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conversations

The Greater Houston Partnership presented Houston House during the 2021 SXSW virtual conference. The event featured candid conversations around a series of topics including innovation, the future of energy and DEI. 

Guiding Internal Conversations About Racial Inequity, Injustice with Employees

In the period following George Floyd's death and protests in response, businesses across the country have made public statements against racism, injustice and racial inequity. Some pledged money toward social justice efforts. Other organizations are honoring Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery, as an annual holiday. Many business leaders are also bringing the national conversation to their staff to address these issues within their organization.  

Houston Demographics

Greater Houston Basic Demographics

A look at the Houston population by race, ethnicity, age, education and other factors.

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Urban Disparity

The Kinder Institute examines gaps in income, educational attainment, neighborhood services and other metrics and their impact on opportunity.

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Understanding Houston

Understanding Houston aggregates data across multiple sources to provide an accessible, one-stop platform for understanding key quality of life issues in Houston’s three most populous counties.

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Greater Houston Population Growth and Change

The October 2019 edition of the Partnership's Houston Economy at a Glance looks at the most recent demographic data for the Houston region, including race and ethnicity, foreign-born residents, age and more. 

Talent Resources Group

Launched in 2019, the Partnership's Talent Resources Group (TRG) provides HR professionals, ERG leaders and recruiters with access to information to grow their companies most important resource: talent. Topics address talent attraction and retention, diversity and inclusion, enhancing corporate culture and more. The group's largest annual event is the Houston NEXT ERG Summit. 

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Houston NEXT: An ERG Summit

Bringing together D&I, HR leaders and Talent Attraction professionals, this event explores how Houston must take a leadership role in addressing diversity, equality, inclusion and justice for our region and workplaces.

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Suggested Reading and Listening

The Partnership staff have compiled this short list of suggested books, podcasts and other resources that provide insight on these complex issues.

Additional Resources

View reports and learn more about other organizations working to address racial equity. 

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How You Can Give Back in Houston this Giving Tuesday

11/30/21
Every fall, people from around the world come together and perform generous acts of kindness to better their communities and support nonprofits in need. This global movement is called Giving Tuesday and takes place today, Nov. 30!  For those looking to get involved and participate in the giving season this year, we have compiled a few organizations that provide convenient ways for Houstonians to donate their time and/or provide monetary gifts.  Houston Food Bank The Houston Food Bank fights food insecurity by distributing essentials to those in need as well as providing programs and services that help families achieve long-term stability. You can help the Houston Food Bank by giving funds, food or simply your time.  Donate - Every $1 provides a full day of meals to those in need Collect - Host a food drive to get your friends, family, business or organization involved Drop In the Red Barrel - Red Barrels can be found in grocery stores throughout the Houston area for fast, convenient donations. Click here for more ways to give Toys For Tots  When you donate to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation, you give children in need a reason to believe in their future. The organization distributes toys to low-income families throughout the entire country and directly contributes to the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – the next generation. The goal is not only to help children from low-income families experience a special holiday season, but to help them become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. Click here to learn how you can positively impact a child’s holiday season  United Way  United Way of Greater Houston helps Houstonians overcome barriers to achieve success and thrive by providing tools, resources and educational support to individuals and families. United Way helps fund dozens of partner nonprofits that also directly serve the community. This can range anywhere from quality out-of-school programs to basic and immediate needs like food, shelter, clothing and transportation. Last year, United Way helped 2 million people in the Houston region. Partner with United Way by making a donation or joining their volunteer force to give back. Click here to donate today    Giving Tuesday is a perfect time to get involved in your community. However, the charitable spirit behind Giving Tuesday does not need to be confined to one day. Give back all year round by supporting causes and movements that help shape a better tomorrow. Learn more about how the Partnership is helping advance the region’s growth and creating opportunities for all.   
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Living In Houston

12 Popular Houston Neighborhoods for Newcomers 

11/12/21
12 Popular Houston Neighborhoods for Newcomers  As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Houston is diverse and brimming with opportunity. The metro region boasts a strong quality of life and low cost of living that draws new residents from across the country and around the world.  Whether you want to cheer on your favorite sports team or indulge in one of the nation’s most sophisticated dining landscapes, Houston truly has something for everyone. The size of greater Houston can seem daunting at first, especially for newcomers deciding where to put down roots. We broke down 12 of the area’s most popular neighborhoods and what they have to offer. Find a Family-Friendly Suburban Feel in Bellaire/Meyerland  For those looking to own a home in a family-centric area with excellent school districts, Bellaire is a good option. Located in southwest Houston, this neighborhood has a suburban feel but is still close enough to the heart of downtown to enjoy some of the city’s best attractions, such as the Houston Zoo and top-rated Houston Children’s Museum! Don’t want to go too far? Bellaire has plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, kid-friendly breweries, parks and more for residents to enjoy!  Click to expand Kemah area. Soak in the waterfront views in Clear Lake Midway between Houston and Galveston, Clear Lake, also known as the Bay Area, hosts a variety of water recreational activities, such as fishing and water sports. This residential district is also home to Space Center Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk and countless seafood restaurants. There is plenty to do here for the outdoorsman/woman, and great public schools that are highly rated.  Click to expand White Rhino in EaDo Dive into a Budding Urban Community in EaDo  East Downtown, more commonly called EaDo, is a growing neighborhood with exceptional city views, concert venues, diverse dining options and year-round sporting events. In fact, Houston has six professional major league teams, including the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros and the NBA Finals Champions Houston Rockets. The neighborhood is not only convenient for those looking to catch a game, it’s also near the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Click to expand The Williams Water Wall is just steps from the Galleria in Uptown Create Memories in the Cosmopolitan Energy of Galleria/Uptown  Centrally located in the City’s Uptown District, the Galleria/Uptown neighborhood offers more than 700 retailers, exquisite restaurants and luxury hotels. It’s also home to Texas' largest shopping mall and center for high-fashion retail, The Galleria. In addition to trendy shopping centers and eateries, this is also the 17th largest business district in the U.S. If loft living and fine dining is your preference, this might just be the location for you.  Cozy Up to Small-Town Charm with Garden Oaks/Oak Forest  Oak Forest and Garden Oaks are two adjoining neighborhoods nestled just north of the 610 Loop. Close to large parks accompanied by spacious backyards and lots, this predominately residential neighborhood is known for its green spaces, featuring oak, pecan and pine trees. The area has a small-town atmosphere with big city benefits. Garden Oaks/Oak Forrest boasts several options for schools and family-friendly amenities. Click to expand White Oak Bayou wends through the Heights Jump into One of Houston’s Oldest Neighborhoods - The Heights  Northwest of downtown is the historic Houston Heights. This is one of Houston’s oldest planned communities, dating back to the late 1800s, and is well known for its signature bungalows. The Heights also offers a wide variety of activities, including antique stores, farmers markets and patio restaurants. With 450 Yelp-rated establishments and well-preserved Victorian architecture, this neighborhood has plenty to offer locals, tourists and new residents alike.   Embrace the Eclectic in Montrose  Celebrate art, nightlife and a wide variety of unique small businesses in the vibrant Montrose neighborhood just west of downtown, bordering Houston’s Museum District. Grab some java at one of the many coffee shops or a specialty cocktail at a signature bar. This pedestrian-oriented enclave is a great place to live for the creative minds looking for a place that offers diversity and inspiration. Indulge in Major Green Spaces and Shopping Centers in Memorial  Memorial offers walking trails, reputable schools and several retail developments, including Memorial City, Town & Country Village and the widely popular CityCentre. It’s one of the largest and most affluent neighborhoods of Houston, spanning over 80 miles. This is a great option for families that’s not only close to downtown and The Galleria, but one of the largest urban parks in the country.  Leap into Trendy Midtown  Packed with high-rise apartments, eclectic restaurants and a vibrant late-night scene, Midtown is a popular choice for young professionals. Situated between downtown and the Museum District, Midtown is where you’ll find a wide array of choices to explore the best Houston has to offer, all within walking distance. Click to expand Outside the main building of the Menil Collection Stay Near the Heart of Houston’s Culture in the Museum District  This aptly named neighborhood is home to 19 world-class museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Children’s Museum. The cultural institutions featured in this tree-lined neighborhood attract more than seven million visitors every year and appeal to every interest of all ages. The neighborhood is next to the Texas Medical Center and just a few blocks away from Rice University, making it an attractive option for employees of those institutions to live, work and play.  Live in the Nationally Ranked Suburban - Sugar Land  Sugar Land is located 20 minutes south of Houston and is steadily growing as more and more families choose to call it home. Much of Sugar Land is devoted to residential use, and Fort Bend and Lamar Consolidated ISD are major draws for families with children. The area’s also garnered national recognition as one of the safest midsize cities in America. Incorporated as a city in 1959, Sugar Land continues to grow rapidly with new attractions such as Constellation Field, home of the minor league Sugar Land Skeeters and the Smart Financial Centre, a performing arts venue.  Click to expand The Woodlands Town Center Explore the Heavily Forested Area of The Woodlands  Appropriately named for its development in and around 28,000 tree-filled acres, this master planned community has so much to offer any and all lifestyles. Hiking, kayaking, golfing and attending concerts are just a few ways residents of The Woodlands spend their days. It is also home to many corporate campuses and is conveniently located just 28 miles north of downtown Houston. Public schools are also highly rated, making this an ideal location for families.  Visit the Houston Neighborhoods & Communities page to learn more about the many different regions and neighborhoods of the city. Find out more about what Houston has to offer with Here is Houston: The Official Relocation & Newcomer Guide.    
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