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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 is excited to provide a robust tool to help businesses and organizations of all sizes enhance their equity and inclusion strategy and increase community impact. This resource will help your company measure progress and create a roadmap for action. Based on the Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks, the Partnership’s Equity & Inclusion Organization Assessment will support your internal planning across 15 categories. The assessment is also the first step to establish a regional baseline and set metrics for our collective progress in this, the nation’s most diverse city. Follow the link to obtain your organization's unique login. 

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.


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?


Health and Racial Inequities

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


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.


The Business Community's Role in Addressing Racial Inequities

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


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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5 Houston Olympians Who Raised the Bar on a Global Stage

The Tokyo Olympics, postponed last year due to COVID-19, kicks off July 23 and features over 11,000 athletes from around the world. More than 500 athletes will represent Team USA from across the country, including notable Houston athletes such as Simon Biles, Lawson Craddock and Kelley Hurley.  As the world looks to Tokyo for this summer’s major sporting event, we’re taking a look back at some of the world-renowned Houstonians who competed in the Games. Here are five remarkable Olympic athletes from Houston who elevated the nation's fourth largest city to this international stage. Click to expand Photo courtesy of Zina Garrison's official webpage ( Zina Garrison The professional tennis player, who reached a career high No. 4 world ranking in 1989, represented the U.S. at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. In 1988, Garrison brought home a gold medal in doubles and a bronze in singles. Garrison was also a runner-up at Wimbledon 1990, where she was the first African-American woman since Althea Gibson to reach the Grand Slam final, and a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champ.  Garrison grew up playing tennis at Macgregor Park in Houston’s Third Ward, which now honors her legacy with the Zina Garrison Tennis Academy. She also founded the Zina Garrison Foundation for the Homeless and the Zina Garrison All-Court Tennis Program. Click to expand Photo courtesy of George Foreman's official webpage ( George Foreman Raised in Houston’s Fifth Ward, 19-year-old Foreman won the heavyweight gold medal in boxing at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games as an amateur. Foreman boxed at a professional level from 1969 until 1997. His career finished with a record of 76-5, including 68 wins by knockout. In 1983, Foreman founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center in North Houston, dedicated for kids to be active and involved in educational activities. Click to expand Photo courtesy of Carl Lewis' official webpage ( Carl Lewis The University of Houston alum won nine Olympic gold medals, a silver and 10 World Championship medals in track and field. Voted as the “World Athlete of the Century” by the International Association of Athletics Federation and as “Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated, Lewis’ successful career led him to become one of the greatest athletes to ever emerge from the University of Houston. Lewis continues to hold UH’s records for indoor 55-meter dash (6.07s) and indoor-and-outdoor long jumps (28’-1”, 28’-3.5”). The former Olympian now full-time assistant coach with UH’s track and field team.  Click to expand Photo courtesy of University of Texas' Track & Field and Cross Country Twitter page (@TexasTFXC) Carlette Guidry-White Born in Houston, Guidry-White won gold medals in the 4x100 meter relay at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Her speed, physique and dedication also won her a gold medal in the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships.  Guidry-White, aka ‘Ms. Turbo’, currently holds the American record for 4th best indoor 60-meter (7.04 sec) and 200-meter (22.73 sec), and 8th best outdoor 200-meter (22.14 sec). After a successful career as a sprinter, she pursued a career in social work, returning to the professional path she once paused to excel as an athlete.  Click to expand Photo courtesy of Simone Biles' official Facebook page Simone Biles Biles, with a total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, is heading into the Tokyo Olympics with a winning record. Recently described as “the greatest gymnast of all time” by Time Magazine, Biles continues to elevate the standard for the world of gymnastics. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, she became the first female U.S. gymnast to win four gold medals at single games. Biles is also the first gymnast to win three consecutive world all-round titles. With Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt retired, Biles is the biggest singular athlete to follow at this year’s Games.  Learn more about Houston’s sports and recreation scene.
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4 Ways to Explore World-Class Houston Experiences on a Budget

Houston is the second most affordable major city in the country with living costs nearly 27% below the average of the nation’s most populous metros. Combine world-class restaurants, vast amounts of green space and a world-renowned arts and culture scene and you get a dynamic quality of life at a fraction of the price of other world-class cities.  Houstonians who are on a budget, or who simply want to leave the wallet at home, don’t have to look far for inexpensive - or even free - activities. Here are some ways to explore Houston without breaking the bank.  Visit a Museum Houston is home to one of the largest collections of top-rated museums in the nation with 19 museums housed within the Houston Museum District. Several offer free admission year-round, including Rothko Chapel, The Menil Collection and Lawndale Art Center. Other museums Houstonians can visit at no cost include the Houston Museum of African American Culture, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston Center for Photography, and the Art Car Museum.  Additional museums offer free admission during specific dates and times. These include the Children’s Museum of Houston with Free Family Night every Thursday, 5 - 8 p.m.; the Houston Museum of Natural Science with Free Thursdays for permanent exhibits and special exhibit halls only, 5 - 8 p.m.; the Houston Zoo with Free Tuesdays offering daytime admission to the Houston Zoo once a month from open until closing; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with Free Thursdays, courtesy of Shell Oil Company (note that ticketed exhibitions separate from general admission remain ticketed on Thursdays.) Click to expand Giant river otters play in the Houston Zoo's South America’s Pantanal exhibit. Photo credit Jackelin Reyna/Houston Zoo Explore Houston Parks  Of course, some of the most popular - and free - amenities Houston has to offer are within our parks and green spaces. And with over 360 parks and 200+ green spaces within the City of Houston alone, Houstonians have plenty  to choose from, including Buffalo Bayou Park, Memorial Park and Levy Park.  In addition to hiking and biking, other free options include visiting the McGovern Centennial Gardens and Japanese Garden at Hermann Park, where visitors can also take in a family-friendly outdoor performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre; viewing the public art at Discovery Green, which also features free and inexpensive events, including exercise classes, Bank of America Screen on the Green and Flea by Night; and grabbing some friends to play baseball, soccer, tennis or basketball at Keith-Wiess Park in East Aldine.  Enjoy a Gourmet Meal Houston has hundreds of restaurants to choose from at every price point. For those looking to enjoy a multi-course meal at a more budget-friendly price, Houston Restaurant Weeks, which runs from August 1 through September 6 this year, offers prix fixe menus ranging from $20 to $49 with brunch, lunch and dinner options. Houstonians can have a world-class culinary experience at an affordable price with dishes ranging from sticky ribs at Grace's in River Oaks to salmon tartare at Weights and Measures in Midtown. Diners who participate are also giving back to the community. As an annual fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank, HRW donates $1 to $5 from each meal purchased at participating restaurants. Since Cleverley Stone founded Houston Restaurant Weeks in 2003, the event has raised over $16.6 million for the Houston Food Bank.  For Houstonians who love a good steak dinner year-round, several restaurants offer weekly steak nights, including MKT Bar within Phoenicia Specialty Foods and Under the Volcano.  Click to expand The tuna stack at Grace's, one of several dishes Houston diners can find at Houston Restaurant Weeks 2021. Photo courtesy of HRW Facebook Climb Aboard a Train Riding the Hermann Park Railroad is a popular - and affordable - activity within Hermann Park. The two-mile, 16-minute journey around the park costs just $3.75 per person for adults and children one year and older.  For Houstonians who want to ride a train for free, Houston Area Live Steamers in Northwest Houston offer free rides on their track on the third Saturday of each month from March through November.  Train enthusiasts looking for more of a historical experience can stop by the Rosenberg Railroad Museum located about 35 miles southwest from downtown Houston. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children.   See how Houston's cost of living compares to other major U.S. metros. Learn more about what it's like to live in the nation's fourth largest city. 
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