Director of Multicultural Community Relations at Rice University
David D. Medina is director of Multicultural Community Relations at Rice University, a position he has held since 1991. His responsibility at Rice is to enhance relationships between the ethnic communities of Houston and the university. Under his guidance, his team has won a gold and two silver medals in the national CASE competition. As part of the centennial celebration at Rice, Medina led a group that produced a documentary about blacks at Rice that was featured on Houston PBS and was nominated for a state Emmy. Medina also writes feature stories for the award-winning Rice University Magazine, edits the newsletter Rice At Large, and writes book reviews for Literal Magazine. He has won 17 writing awards.
Before joining Rice, Medina worked as a reporter for the Austin-American Statesman, the Dallas Times Herald, the Houston Post, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek magazine. Medina received a B.A. in Spanish from Drake University, an M.A. in Spanish from Rice University, and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He also studied in Barcelona, Spain and at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his high school diploma from the Chinquapin School. Medina taught Spanish for two years at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas.
In 2017, Medina was honored by the Chinquapin School as a distinguished alum and for being the first graduate of the high school. In 2012, Medina received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals. He received from Rice the 2012 Demaris Hudspeth Endowed Award for extraordinary service to student life and organizations. He was honored with a DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council. The award recognizes Medina as one who has “demonstrated outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and community” and “demonstrated exemplary leadership.” He also received the 2010 Willie Velasquez Hispanic Excellence Award for education from the Tejano Center for Community Concerns and Houston TV station Telemundo. He received the 2010 Diversity Champion Award from the Association of Chinese-American Professionals.
Medina has served on the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board for the past six years. He also served as a fellow of the 2010-11 class of the American Leadership Forum’s Houston/Gulf Coast chapter. He served three years as president of the Houston Hispanic Forum. He was co-chair of the 2009 Diversity Summit in Sugar Land. He is a former president of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals and a former vice president of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. He served on the boards of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Ser Niños Charter School, and Musiqa. He is on the advisory board of the Chinquapin School and Inprint. He has also coached YMCA soccer and basketball and little league baseball.
He is married and has two children, both graduates of Rice University.