Niya Blair is the first director of the newly established Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Houston where she provides leadership, strategic vision, organization and administrative oversight of campus-wide initiatives, workshops and trainings in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Niya has ten years of experience working in the areas of social justice, inclusion and leadership at three institutions of higher education. Niya has presented at national and regional conferences and for campus and community organizations in the areas of multiculturalism, diversity awareness, cultural competency, and leadership. She is certified as an Intercultural Consultant with the Intercultural Development Inventory, LLC. Niya earned her Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Arkansas. Niya is a mentor with the Leaders of Tomorrow organization and Big Brother Big Sister.