2018 November Newsletter

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November, 2018

"Invite people into your life who don't look or act like you. You might find they challenge your assumptions and make you grow"
- Mellody Hobson

Campus Inclusion Climate Survey

The Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity is proud to announce its partnership with Honda of Denton for a chance to win a 2018 Honda Civic as a student incentive for completing the Campus Inclusion Climate Survey! This marks the Division’s efforts to create mutually beneficial strategic partnerships between UNT and companies that support diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Campus Inclusion Climate Survey will be distributed to all UNT Denton faculty, staff, students and administrators October 29 – November 16 and will serve as a blueprint for the Division’s future Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion. Incentives are offered to students and employees to encourage participation. To learn more visit the climate survey website, follow @DiversityUNT for updates, and spread the word using #IncludeMeUNT!

The climate survey will also be available to staff in Spanish. Computer labs are reserved and we are seeking volunteers to assist staff with limited computer proficiency and/or knowledge of climate survey content. Definitions of survey terms are also available in Spanish. Are you bilingual and willing to help? Do you have staff who may benefit from taking the survey in Spanish?

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Save the date: February 28, 2019
Equity & Diversity Conference

The 2019 Equity & Diversity Conference will feature keynote speaker Howard J. Ross. Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and considered one of the world's seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives (2014) and ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, (2011). His new book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection is Tearing Our Culture Apart, was published in May 2018.

The 2019 Social Justice Speaker will be University of Virginia religious studies professor and activist Dr. Jalane Schmidt, who was instrumental in the Charlottesville counter-protests.

The division will be accepting proposals until Friday, November 2 for workshops during the conference. Click below to go to the conference website and submit your application.

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Equity & Diversity Internal Sponsorship

The Equity and Diversity Conference would not be possible without the unique support of our campus partners who support the work of the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity. We extend to you a special invitation to partner with us for the 2019 conference. As a sponsor, you are recognized as an active participant in our efforts towards intentional inclusion while engaging with up to 500 attendees including UNT students, higher education professionals, corporate partners, and community leaders!

This year the conference has improved its internal sponsorship packages based upon input from past sponsors. New benefits include:

  • The first 10 “Campus Advocate” Internal Sponsors will receive 8 copies of Howard Ross’ latest book “Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart”
  • One power point slide (designed by sponsor) included in the day-long scrolling power point display in the ballroom the day of the conference.
  • One ad of your choice included in the conference program. (Update language in listing)
  • Social media partnership with Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity promoting sponsor programs and/or services.
  • Consultation with Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity for in-person unit training.
  • Become a partner for Institutional Equity and Diversity through one of the following levels:

    • Campus Advocate - $1,000
    • Campus Ally - $500
    • Campus Associate - $250
    • Click here to become a Campus Partner of the Equity and Diversity Conference!

      In-kind Donations

      You can also support the conference should you wish to contribute by donating items, services, or underwriting elements of the conference (such as printing costs, Wi-Fi access for external attendees, SWAG items, etc.). We will work with departments on a case-by-case basis for these contributions.

      Please download, fill out, and send your sponsorship commitment form and logos (as either .ai or .eps format) by January 7, 2019 to secure your status as a sponsor. If you have any questions regarding your potential participation, please contact Shani Barrax Moore at 940-565-3578 or Teresita Hurtado Ramos at 940 565-3724.

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      Annual Report

      “We are, at almost every point of our day, immersed in cultural diversity: faces, clothes, smells, attitudes, values, traditions, behaviors, beliefs, rituals.”
      - Randa Abdel-Fattah

      From the Vice President

      The cultural diversity described in the quote above is evident as the university community is a microcosm of the larger world. A world UNT wants its graduates to enter boldly with the cultural competence to help them succeed anywhere. A world where UNT is lauded as a research university that welcomes and supports “world-class” faculty and staff as they holistically approach solving societal grand challenges. Over the past year, the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity continued its work of fostering an inclusive campus community where equity and diversity are core values.

      The university’s imminent status as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) underscored the importance of our efforts to recognize, accept, respect and celebrate UNT’s diversity in order to better serve our diverse students and enhance retention. Recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as a “top college for diversity,” UNT joined a select group of ninety-six institutions across the country receiving this distinction.

      As you review the selected activities and accomplishments chronicled in this annual report, know that we are not content to rest on our laurels. The division has made great strides in moving from its original identity to its authentic identity as the central unit providing leadership for the university’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. Yet, there is much more that we want to do! We invite you to join the division as a strategic diversity partner or ally as we work to make UNT even better.

      Joanne G. Woodard, Vice President

      Dallas Dinner Table

      In an effort to foster authentic conversations on key diversity issues, our division is hosting the Dallas Dinner Table on Monday, January 21, 2019. Over dinner in a casual setting, participants from UNT and surrounding Denton community engage in dialogue around race and race relations. Seats are limited, but if you are interested in participating, please use the button below to register:


      UNT Homecoming

      UNT Wins 41 to 17 Against Rice University

      Thank you to all the faculty, staff, students, and visitors that stopped by our tailgating tent this weekend. Hope you enjoyed the day and our win over Rice University.

      LGBTQ and Ally Scholarship

      Congratulations to Hanlyn Tyler

      Hanlyn is double majoring in political science and public relations, on the pre-law track. Hanlyn helped establish the first Gay Straight Alliance at their high school and has since gotten involved in Kerr Hall A’s Executive Council as well the Student Government Association. As an SGA intern, Hanlyn has worked on an amendment to the SGA constitution to remove all gendered language to make policies more inclusive, and is working with UNT administration to make similar changes to the Code of Student Conduct.

      “I am excited about this scholarship because the money will directly allow me to pay for a year-long LSAT prep course that will allow me to achieve a better score on the law school aptitude test and will therefore empower a transgender person to receive a better law education. With that education, I would be more equipped to help LGBTQ+ people with legal issues and further my career in policymaking than I would have been without this scholarship. I am also excited to volunteer with the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity and learn important lessons on how to make higher education more inclusive and assist them in that cause.”

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      International Pronouns Day

      Inaugural Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

      International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

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      Multicultural Holidays

      The holiday season will soon be here and the Office of Spiritual Life has compiled a wonderful list of religious holidays and their meanings. Take a moment to learn more about other holidays, cultures and celebrations:

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      Fact Book

      Learn about our campus
      The Fact Book is prepared each academic year by the office of Data, Analytics, & Institutional Research. It contains a plethora of data such as enrollment, admissions by semester, test scores of admitted students, degrees awarded, faculty and staff, financial, and facilities data.

      Read the UNT Factbook

      Support Equity & Diversity

      We appreciate your financial support of Institutional Equity and Diversity. You may designate your gift to one of the specific areas below:

      1. Multicultural Center
      2. Pride Alliance
      3. VP Equity & Diversity Unrestricted
      4. Equity & Diversity Conference