The Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity fortified its infrastructure with the creation of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a new position, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. The office and its director Shani Barrax Moore, who joined UNT in February, is responsible for the supervision of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, providing diversity and inclusion training that facilitates cultural humility and intentional inclusion, and developing strategic partnerships through community engagement. The unit has re-evaluated and restructured its programming and practices through a strategic and intentional lens in its program offerings, practices, processes, and people.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides learning and development opportunities to students, faculty, and staff; and develops meaningful and effective internal and external partnerships. The Office’s mission and vision is congruent with the strategic direction of the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity:
The University of North Texas Office of Diversity and Inclusion facilitates the development of a socially just and intentionally inclusive environment for the university community through:
- Cultural Humility and Inclusion
- Education and Identity Development
- Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion envisions a University of North Texas campus community where social justice is reflected in policies, practices, programs and people.
The office has also engaged in an alignment of the centers' programmatic focus through three primary lenses:
- Campus Education: Identity-based programs that highlight or expand the awareness of UNT student populations via information, mentoring, and training
- Engagement: Efforts that foster an environment affirming and celebrating all identities and provide opportunities for personal growth through partnership with campus and community organizations
- Student Success: Resources and services focusing on students' academic, professional, and identity-based development