Jalane SchmidtJalane Schmidt is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where she teaches classes on Latin American, Caribbean, and African diaspora religions. For years, she has conducted field research and archival research in Cuba, and she is the author of "Cachita's Streets: The Virgin of Charity, Race and Revolution in Cuba" (Duke UP, 2015). She also teaches classes on critical whiteness studies and religion, and on social movements.

She is an organizer with the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter. She has appeared in numerous national and international news outlets, and frequently speaks to audiences about whiteness, white supremacy, policing, and affordable housing.

Schmidt has been active since 2016 in the local struggle to rid Charlottesville of its Confederate monuments, and during the 2017 #SummerOfHate, she helped organize counter-demonstrations against white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville.

Howard J. RossOur 2019 keynote speaker is Howard J. Ross, lifelong social justice advocate considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. Ross is the author of 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, will be published in 2018.

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Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity Newsletter

While UNT was the first-ever Viewfinder survey client requesting its surveys be translated into Spanish, only the staff survey will be available in Spanish because of the unique customization the tool. The Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity seeks bi-lingual volunteers to help Spanish-speaking staff who may have limited computer proficiency to complete the survey (as was provided for the Gallup Survey to encourage broad participation). Spanish responses will be translated into English and incorporated with the rest of the staff responses.

Spanish-language help is needed for overnight shift employees from 6:30 – 8:30 am. Volunteers are asked to take 2-hour shifts in the Willis 136 computer lab on the dates listed below. Spanish-language volunteers will be asked to take the survey in its first week of deployment so they are familiar with the content, and provide any feedback that may help with comprehension of the survey. Breakfast will be provided, and we suggest that you share your involvement with your supervisor.

  • Thursday, November 8
  • Friday, November 9
  • Thursday, November 15
  • Friday, November 16

For questions, contact Shani Barrax Moore (shani.moore@unt.edu), Kathy Neira-Gonzalez (Oxsormira.Neira@unt.edu), or Joshua Lukins (Joshua.Lukins@unt.edu). Click the button below to volunteer:

Spanish Language Climate Survey Volunteer

Si bien UNT fue el primer cliente de Viewfinder que solicitó que sus encuestas se tradujeran al español, la herramienta solo se encontrara disponible en este idioma para los empleados debido a su personalización única. La División de Equidad Institucional y Diversidad busca voluntarios bilingües que puedan ayudar a empleados de habla hispana con limitado dominio de la computación, a completar la encuesta (como se realizó con la encuesta Gallup con el fin de fomentar una amplia participación). Las respuestas en español se traducirán al inglés y se incorporarán con las del resto del personal.

Se necesita ayuda en español de 6:30 a 8:30 am para los empleados del turno de la noche. Pedimos a los voluntarios que asistan por 2 horas al laboratorio de computación en Willis-136 durante las fechas que se muestran debajo. Se les solicita a los voluntarios que tomen la encuesta en su primera semana de implementación para que se familiaricen con su contenido y puedan proporcionar información necesaria para su comprensión. Se proporcionará desayuno y sugerimos que se le informe a su supervisor sobre su participación.

  • Jueves 8 de noviembre
  • Viernes 9 de noviembre
  • Jueves 15 de noviembre
  • Viernes 16 de noviembre

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Shani Barrax Moore (shani.moore@unt.edu), Kathy Neira-Gonzalez (Oxsormira.Neira@unt.edu), o con Joshua Lukins (Joshua.Lukins@unt.edu). Haga clic en el botón de abajo para inscribirse como voluntario:

Spanish Language Climate Survey Volunteer

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