The Multicultural Center celebrates diversity by planning, implementing and co-sponsoring programs that educate the center's five areas of diversity: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interfaith, and disability. Programs and activities sponsored by the center are developed with the intention of increasing the level of awareness, understanding, and consciousness regarding the diverse make up of our university, community, and global environment. Examples of these programs include Campus Safety Programs, Cafe Diversity discussion, Pride Initiatives, Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness, Disability Awareness, and celebrating Asian History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women's History Month and Native American Indian Heritage Month.
The Multicultural Center has established several Special Interest Group Networks (SIGNs) and other community groups such as IDEA Team and Community Engagement Team to help members of the UNT community have a voice in diversity initiatives. These groups meet throughout the calendar year and work to partner with other campus and community groups to encourage diversity and inclusion at UNT and within the DFW metroplex. The Multicultural Center started a project called MLK Year of Service encouraging students to perform volunteer work to help the Denton community and abroad. Through partnership with the Center for Leadership and Service and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, UNT students have heavily impacted the surrounding community through their hundreds of volunteer work. The Multicultural Center has been recognized by Keep Denton Beautiful as an “Outstanding Community Partner.”
The Multicultural Center hosts a number of conferences such as the Asian Pacific American Empowerment Conference (APAEC) and the Equity and Diversity Conference. Conferences are open to anyone and are free to UNT students. Both conferences feature dynamic nationally known speakers and workshops that encourage empowerment, civic engagement, and transformational leadership.
The Multicultural Center offers the following services:
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.
Our 2018 keynote speaker is Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, community organizer, and journalist. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism.
She is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip-Hope activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare.
She is a frequent guest on television, radio, and online media.
The conference serves as an effective personal and 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.
Workshop proposals are due Friday, December 8 by 5 p.m.
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.
As 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.
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.Inclusion@unt.edu) with the subject “E&D Conference Sponsorship.” For additional questions, contact Shani Barrax Moore at (940) 565-3578 or Teresita Hurtado Ramos at (940) 565-3724.
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 Shani Barrax Moore at (940) 565-3578 or Teresita Hurtado Ramos at (940) 565-3724 to discuss options and ideas.
Members of the UNT community can support the Equity and Diversity Conference at special rates. Such support has long been a cornerstone of the conference’s success, and include both monetary and in-kind support.
Note: After clicking the button below, you will be asked to login. You must have a valid EUID and password to view the internal sponsorship information.
Are 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.
Planning for the 2018 Equity and Diversity Conference is underway.
The Director of Equal Opportunity (Inya Baiye) also serves as the ADA Coordinator for UNT. The ADA/504 Coordinator manages University programs and responsibilities to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.
The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating University policies and procedures relating to persons with disabilities, tracking university progress relating to its policies and procedures as well as state and federal laws relating to persons with disabilities, filing all necessary reports, and providing consultative services to employing units and offices.
An individual with a disability is someone who:
Examples of individuals who are covered under this definition include:
Generally, individuals who have temporary limitations are not considered to have a disability under the ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
This list contains the EO relevant sections of the UNT Policy Manual. Click on the policy description to view the complete UNT policy.
The Office of Disability Accommodation determines eligibility for reasonable accommodations for students. Students may obtain information about requesting a reasonable accommodation from ODA here. ODA also offers alternative testing services and testing accommodations.
The Human Resources Office determines eligibility for reasonable accommodations in the workplace for employees.
Inya Baiye: Inya.Baiye@unt.edu
Phone: (940) 565-2759
OEO is the university office designated to conduct investigations of allegations of discrimination on the basis of protected status, and to coordinate university responses to these complaints.
OEO will conduct an investigation in response to complaints of discrimination when the allegations, if true, would constitute a violation of the policies against discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. In such cases, the individual making the report [complainant] shall be encouraged to file a written complaint.
In cases where OEO has notice of alleged discrimination, OEO may initiate an investigation after making a preliminary inquiry into the facts, and will inform the person(s) who were allegedly harmed by discrimination of the decision to initiate an investigation.
Any person may report issues occurring in UNT’s employment or educational context which they believe to be acts of discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political affiliation, disability, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, or veteran status.
Investigations will follow the procedure detailed here:
OEO Investigative Procedure
If you wish to report discrimination or harassment, please complete this form:
Submit the form to the Office of Equal Opportunity in person at Hurley 175 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An OEO staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.