UNT Equity and Diversity Conference


The Equity and Diversity Conference is an annual event hosted by the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity at the University of North Texas. The conference brings together hundreds of students, educators and professionals who are committed to equity, access, and inclusion in higher education, but is also open to any community members interested in diversity and inclusion topics.

Each year the conference is keynoted by a speaker with relevant knowledge, skills, and experience related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or social justice. Past speakers have included Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Hill Harper, and Soledad O’Brien. See below for a list of past conference speakers.

2017 Conference Group

Conference Workshops

Inclusive Excellence AwardThe conference serves as an effective professional development resource for faculty, staff, students, and professionals seeking to broaden and deepen their perspectives around topics such as bias awareness, discrimination policies and practices, identity development, social justice education, and identity-based topics such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. Workshop presenters include both UNT and external community members from around the country. For a list of last year’s workshops, click here.

The conference also includes an evening event, presented last year as a spoken word performance and competition. Other evening speakers have included W. Kamau Bell and John Legend.

Inclusive Excellence Award

Inclusive Excellence AwardAs part of a new tradition begun in 2017, the conference also includes a presentation of the Inclusive Excellence Award, presented to those who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and/or engagement in local and global communities. The Division awards a monetary gift to recipients to help continue their work.

Click here to learn more about the inaugural award recipient.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition to its community building and professional development qualities, the conference provides an opportunity for vendors to showcase their goods and services, and sponsors at various different levels to partner with the Division to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity. Become a partner for equity, diversity and inclusion as an Equity and Diversity Conference Sponsor! See our sponsorship levels below, and click here to download and complete the sponsorship interest form. You will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss your sponsorship interest. Please email the completed form to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Diversity.Incusion@unt.edu) with the subject “E&D Conference Sponsorship.” For additional questions, contact Shani Barrax Moore or Teresita Hurtado Ramos at (940) 565-2711.

Sponsorship Levels

  • VIP registration for 8 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • Introduction with keynote speaker
  • Company name and logo printed on conference registration bags
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Full page ad of your choice in conference program
  • Name on 500 conference t-shirts to be distributed prior to the event
  • Vendor table (with two free attendees) to promote your services and distribute promotional materials
  • VIP registration for 6 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • Introduction with Social Justice speaker
  • Networking Reception sponsor
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Half page ad of your choice in conference program
  • Vendor table (with two free attendees) to promote your services and distribute promotional materials
  • VIP registration for 6 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • Naming rights for the Inclusive Excellence Award
  • Networking Reception sponsor
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Half page ad of your choice in conference program
  • Vendor table (with two free attendees) to promote your services and distribute promotional materials
  • VIP registration for 4 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • WiFi sponsor for the conference
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Half page ad of your choice in conference program
  • $25 for non-profit or educational entities
  • $100 for corporations or external businesses

In-kind Donations
We understand that many businesses are not able to provide monetary donations. If you are still interested in contributing to the event, there are additional sponsorship opportunities available in the form of in-kind donations (i.e. gifts, prizes, certificates, products) to be given away throughout the conference. Please contact us at 940-565-2711 to discuss options and ideas.

Previous Keynote Speakers

Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien, National News Correspondent
Hill Harper
Hill Harper, Actor & Author
Tim Wise
Tim Wise, Author & Activist
Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart
Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Award-Winning Scholar

Dan Savage
Dan Savage, author, journalist, and activist
John Legend
John Legend, Singer, songwriter, and actor
Chelle Luper Wilson
Chelle Luper Wilson, President, Power Moves Communications

Don Lemon
Don Lemon, Journalist & Television Personality
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Head of Black Community Engagement, Google
Cuc Vu
Cuc Vu, Chief Diversity Officer for the Human Rights Campaign

Lee Mun Wah
Lee Mun Wah, Documentary filmmaker, author, educator, and master diversity trainer
Vivica Fox
Vivica Fox, Actress, producer and television host

Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Educator

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, TV Host, Speaker, Author
Joaquin Zihuatanejo
Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher

Let us know you're interested!

Check-in KioskAre you interested in attending, sponsoring or presenting at next year's Equity & Diversity Conference? Click the button below to send us your information and we will follow up with you about how you can participate as well as send you updates regarding next year's theme, presenters and workshops. We can also send you details about the Inclusive Excellence Award if you want to know if you're eligible to apply or even if you would like to serve on the selection committee.

Interested?
Click here


Planning for the 2018 Equity and Diversity Conference is underway.