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, November 3 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.
Click here to learn more about the inaugural award recipient.
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.
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.