Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity Resources

The following is a list of resources our community members can refer to that discuss topics relating to diversity, access, inclusion and equity on campus. We will update this page with new information as we continue to achieve our goal of creating a welcoming campus community where diverse faculty, staff and students thrive.


  • UNT Libraries Digital Resources for the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity
    - A strategic partnership with the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity and UNT Libraries, the goal of this guide is to provide lists, links, and a compilation of suggested resources to support the Office of Diversity and inclusion (ODI) and its centers, the Multicultural Center and Pride Alliance. It also includes resources from the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s Equity and Diversity Conference.
  • Microaggressions in the Classroom by Yolanda Flores Niemann, Professor of Psychology at UNT
    - Video created by Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop, MFA, Lecturer/Faculty Advisor, Department of Media Arts

Demographic Terms

A person whose sex assigned at birth matches their gender identity, based upon what society has prescribed (ex. assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman).

DACA is a program allowing undocumented immigrants who fit the following criteria the opportunity to apply for a work permit, obtain a social security number, and get a driver’s license:

  1. Are 15 years or older
  2. Came to the U.S. before they were 16 years of age
  3. Were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012
  4. Have lived in the U.S. continuously since 2007
  5. Were physically in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  6. Received or are working on their high school diploma or GED

DACA provides temporary protection from removal from United States. DACA has been rescinded as of September 2017 and will end unless action is taken by Congress. It is recommended to follow federal updates through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The ways in which a person externally communicates their gender to others.

An individual’s personal experience of their own gender; gender identity is not determined by sex assigned at birth.

A person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral, non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina).

An individual that comes from more than one race or whose parents are born from more than one race.

A classification assigned to a non-U.S. citizen or foreign national, who doesn't pass the green card test or the IRS substantial presence test. This term is more inclusive than use of the term “alien.”

A medically assigned status based on chromosomes, hormones, and sex/reproductive organs.

An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation; transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

Refers to foreign nationals residing in the U.S. without legal immigration status. It includes persons who entered the U.S. without inspection and proper permission from the U.S. government, and those who entered with a legal visa that is no longer valid.

Social Justice Terms

A member of an advantaged group who acts against the oppression from which they derive power, privilege, and acceptance.

One who uses their privilege to influence decisions within systems (political, social, economic, etc.) and institutions. Advocates go beyond allyship to address systemic and institutional change.

Discomfort that occurs because of a discrepancy between what a person already knows or believes and new information and interpretation. Is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously.

Describes a person’s awareness and understanding of oppression in the social environment (and also “within” every person) as part of the developmental process; are the differences in the way individuals incorporate, resist, or redefine specific manifestations of social oppression, and is applicable to various social groups.

The social process of becoming or being made to be at a social disadvantage and relegated to the fringe of society and rendered less important, empowered, or relevant. Also known as social exclusion.

Brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward a social group. Can be interpreted as “backhanded communications.”

Exclusive advantages or benefits afforded to certain people, based on their group identity or status (usually dominant). These advantages are largely unearned and are often invisible to the people enjoying them (ex. White, heterosexual, able-bodied, Christian, male, etc.).

Full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs, the distribution of resources is equitable, and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.