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Friday, January 22, 2021

TSU Debate Team Delivers Stellar Presentation
in Biden-Harris Virtual Inauguration

Texas Southern University’s Debate Team was invited to participate in a virtual inaugural event for President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on January 19. Debate Team members Maya Williams, Nahab Fahnbulleh, Trevor Mouton and Gloria Ekezie represented TSU in a dynamic segment. Dr. Gloria Batiste-Roberts, Debate Team director and coach, organized their presentation. Click here to view the video. 

Aviation Program Soars to New Heights


Texas Southern University takes to the skies through its Aviation Science program. Shannon LaNier of CW39 Houston visited TSU’s campus and Ellington Field with TSU’s Aviation leadership and students on January 12 to learn more about the University’s distinctive four-year degree program. LaNier spoke with TSU Board of Regents member James Benham, TSU Director of Aviation Dr. Terrance Fontaine, Aviation Science and Technology Instructor Tasjah Hall, Chief Pilot Constantinos Papanicolaou, and student pilots Ahmed Farhan and Dante Jenkins. LaNier visited our aviation library, practiced flying on state-of-the-art flight simulators used by Aviation students, and taxied on the tarmac in a TSU aircraft at Ellington Field with student pilot Farhan and Regent Benham.  Read More

Texas Southern University is excited to welcome students back for the Spring 2021 semester. Register now for in person, online, and a hybrid mix of online and in person classes. Click here to get your classes today. 

Message for the New Year from Ken Huewitt

Welcome to 2021 and all of the exciting possibilities for Texas Southern University as we start a new year and a new semester. I want to update you on how we are continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, while providing a pathway for progress for campus operations. 

We are monitoring local, state and federal health guidelines related to COVID-19, but we cannot relax our health and safety practices. The expanded Return to TigerLand Task Force has recommended that the University operate at the Phase 2 level of our pandemic action plan. Campus activity and density must be measured and reduced, and students will continue to take classes in the online, hybrid and face-to-face formats. Staff will report to work on campus as approved in advance by their area vice presidents. 

Our TSU community is to be commended for your commitment, compliance and adherence to our Tigers Care initiative. Our overall case numbers are low in proportion to our campus population, but our demographic and geographic position means that we must continue a slow and steady approach. Facial coverings, temperature checks and limited access protocols will continue to be in place in all campus buildings. 

I am pleased that COVID-19 testing will be expanded this semester thanks to the new Just Project at TSU that launched this month. We are grateful to Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Gates Foundation for making this possible, allowing the University to take the lead and serve other Texas HBCUs as a testing sample hub.

Please refer to for important dates and information related to the health center, classes, housing, dining, and campus event schedules. Check the COVID-19 hotline at (713) 313-5099 and remember to download the LiveSafe app for urgent health and safety information. Let’s kick off 2021 with a renewed sense of hope and strength to create a strong and productive semester.

Go Tigers! 

Kenneth Huewitt 

News Around Campus

Register for the Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity Symposium: Reimagining "We the People"

Greetings all!

Please join us on Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 9:00am - 5:00pm, as Texas Southern University’s Center for Justice Research, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, in partnership with The Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, and the Thurgood Marshall Law Review co-present a virtual national symposium, sponsored by the American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment, entitled, Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity: Reimagining "We the People." This conference provides a timely, relevant, and much-needed discussion on the disproportionate use of force by police in interactions with black people and the disparate treatment of black protestors in the United States. 
The conference keynote speaker will be Attorney Sherrilyn Ifill law professor, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. The day-long virtual conference will include special presentations, a virtual exhibition hall and a dynamic lineup of panel discussions exploring: 
  • The Criminal Justice System: the “George Floyd Bill” & Qualified Immunity: The state of police accountability given qualified immunity, police unions and protections in policing contracts 
  • The Anatomy of §1983 Litigation: Best practices in successful civil rights litigation 
  • The Future of First Amendment Protests Protections: Examining the Use of Brutality on Those Fighting Against Violence: The future of First Amendment protection considering the disparate treatment given black protestors 
  • The U.S. Constitution: Reimagining “We the People” as an Inclusive Construct: The inclusiveness of the evolving constructs of the “We” in the Constitution’s “We the People” 
To complement the symposium, The Bridge: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Legal & Social Policy, will publish a special issue journal with articles on topics related to the issues raised in this conference. For information about submitting an article to the journal, contact Lucinda Daniels at 

We hope you can join us!

Howard Henderson, PhD
Founding Director, Center for Justice Research
Professor, Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Provost’s Office Hosts Opening Meeting

The Office of the Provost held a virtual Spring 2021 Faculty and Staff meeting on January 13. University leaders and deans from various colleges and schools addressed the TSU community and provided updates.

"We had a great opportunity to address both faculty and staff members in the academic affairs area and give them a firsthand update for the semester," said Dr. Kendall Harris, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs and Research. "I am excited to welcome everyone back in person and virtually and provide our students with the resources they need to be successful in the classroom."

Free Campus Career Fair

If your department needs student talent for part-time job opportunities, it’s time to participate in the Virtual On-Campus Job Fair. The event is free for all TSU faculty and staff. The Fair will be held on  January 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Introduce our diverse pool of students to both non-work study and work-study opportunities across campus. Sign up as an employer on Handshake before registering for the Fair.

After registration, you can engage in video, audio and chat communication with students; hold group meetings with up to 50 students; and schedule 1:1 meetings in advance with students or after a group session.
If you have any additional questions or need more information, please contact the Career & Professional Development Center via email at  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  


Thanks For Your Support: Tigers Care!


Thanks to all of our alumni, faculty and staff who donated to the TSU End of Year Campaign that included Giving Tuesday, purchasing a brick or mask, and setting up endowments. Your support helps the University provide scholarships to deserving TSU students. Your gift is always welcomed – just visit If you are interested in a setting up a planned gift or starting an endowment, send an e-mail to Go Tigers!

The Student Health Services (SHS) designed a COVID-19 Hotline for faculty, staff, and students in March. Anyone on campus can report or have their COVID-19 concerns addressed by TSU medical practitioners if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

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Rodriguez Named Interim Softball Head Coach


Raven Rodriguez, a Houston native, has taken the helm as interim coach of the women’s softball team. The team is scheduled to open the season on February 12 at the University of Houston. TSU’s opponent will be named at a later date.

She has served as the top assistant under former softball head coach Worley Barker for the past two seasons with a 2019 SWAC Western Division title and an appearance in the 2019 SWAC Tournament Championship. In 2020, TSU was poised for another strong finish with several impressive non-conference wins before the season was cut short due to COVID-19.

Rodriguez lettered for four years at UT Tyler and was one of the top athletes in program history. She is a former National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, three-time NFCA All-West Region member, four-time American Southwest All-Conference performer, 2013 ASC East Freshman of the Year, CoSIDA Academic All-American and ASC All-Academic Team member.

She joined a select group of student-athletes in 2016 as she helped lead UT Tyler to the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship. In 2015, UT Tyler advanced to the finals of the NCAA National Championship while earning trips to the 2013 and 2014 NCAA tournaments. A former infielder, Rodriguez rewrote the UT Tyler record book and ranks as a top performer in assists, games played, at-bats and game starts. She also ranks in the top five in runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, hit-by-pitch, RBI, flies, total bases, sac hits, stolen bases and double plays.


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