The 2023-24 Rice United Way Campaign: Owl in for Houston

Right here in Houston, 31% of households are working hard but can’t afford the basic necessities of life, and another 14% of households are living below the federal poverty threshold. Together, that makes 45% — nearly half your fellow Houstonians! Will you go "owl in for Houston" and make a pledge to help right now?

I know what it’s like to be in need. When I was a child, my family benefited from organizations like the United Way, and it had a huge impact on my life. It helped me to realize, even as a young kid, that there are people who care and who want to help, and that was life-changing.

— Ruth López Turley, Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and faculty chair for the Rice United Way Campaign Committee

Why Rice is "Owl in for Houston"

Ruth López Turley kicks off Rice's United Way Campaign for 2023

Team Rice: Owl in for Houston YouTube thumbnail

United Way is focused on:

Rice United Way Campaign Committee

Reginald DesRoches
Reginald DesRoches

Honorary Chair

Ruth López Turley
Ruth López Turley

Faculty Chair

Susann Glenn, Staff Chair
Susann Glenn

Staff Chair

Diana Strassman
Diana Strassmann

Lead Donors Co-Chair

Michael Webster
Michael Webster

Lead Donors Co-Chair

Greg Marshall
Greg Marshall

Campaign Manager


Campaign Captains

Division Captain(s) Email
Academic Affairs Jennifer Wilson
Architecture John Casbarian
Athletics Stacy Mosely and Davon Robb,
Baker Institute Ben Stevenson
Business - -
Continuing Studies Kim Raptis
Development Toni Parker
Doerr Institute Lillie Besozzi
Engineering Stephanie Post
Enrollment - -
F&CP Sylvestre Cantu, Florence Tang,
Finance & Administration Hollie Evans
Fondren Library Mary Brower and Keith Chapman,
Global and Digital Strategy Meredith Bonner
Graduate Student Association Dhiraj Jain
Graduates & Postdocs Elizabeth Tippee
Housing and Dining Diana DeSantiago
Humanities - -
Information Technology Liz Brigman and Nicole James,
Investments Darren Britt
Kinder Institute Sam Hebert
Moody Center Joel Thompson
Music Jennifer Overton
Natural Sciences Rachel Miller
President Ryan Kirksey
Provost Brad Blunt
Public Affairs Kim Lawrence
Research William Turner
Retirees Dennis Huston and Doug Miller
Social Sciences Amy Krodel
Student Association Solomon Ni