The UNT Male Alliance for a Rigorous, Transformative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning (MARTIAL) is a strategic retention initiative designed to improve persistence and graduation rates for African-American men. This small community of students lives together in Rawlins Hall and enrolls in a 3-hour first year seminar.

In this course, students focus on both strategies for academic success as well as the history and culture of African American males through the lens of music. Additionally, program staff engage students academically and socially through a variety of activities such as weekly group study sessions, individual mentoring, and musical performances.

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Previously delivered only to specific UNT units (Housing & Residence Life and Student Health & Wellness), the Office of Diversity & Inclusion will offer all employees the opportunity to participate in this open-enrollment cohort.

This five-module series provides a comprehensive approach to addressing cultural humility, bias awareness and identity development, microaggressions, privilege and allyship and change leadership for participants interested in applying intentional inclusion to their policies, programs, practices, and people. The series ends with action planning and guidance from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to sustain inclusive excellence. Participants who complete all five modules of the series receive a certificate.

Dates/Time:

Fridays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5.

All sessions are from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:

Chestnut 324

Module Descriptions:

  • Module 1: Cultural Humility and DEI Alphabet Soup: This introductory workshop explores cultural humility, self-reflection and identity, and their application to participants’ professional roles. The session also provides an overview of relevant social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion terms.
  • Module 2: Bias Awareness, Socialization, and Identity Development: Participants explore their own biases via the Harvard Implicit Association Test and how they are influenced by socialization. Identity development, with a focus on internal and external authoring, is introduced to demonstrate the importance of intentionally inclusive environments on positive student development and employee engagement. Pre-work is required for this session (+/-10 minutes)
  • Module 3: Inclusive Language, Communication, and Triggers: This session explores microaggressions and the role of language, communication, and socialization in inclusion and exclusion. Participants also explore how these contribute to identity authoring and lived experience.
  • Module 4: Privilege, Collusion, and Allyship: Participants explore various types of privilege in their lives and the lives of others, and engage specifically in an examination of privilege, collusion, and positional power at UNT. The session also discusses needed efforts to practice allyship and apply intentional inclusion strategies. Pre-work is required for this session (+/- 30 minutes).
  • Module 5: Change Leadership and Action Planning: This workshop explores what organizational change looks and feels like, and examines how we can use our spheres of influence to enact change. Participants will consider applying change strategies to an aspect of their work environment. Pre-work is required for this session (+/- 30 minutes).

Minimum/Maximum of Participants:

24 maximum participants with a waitlist.

Drop/add deadline is Tuesday, September 4.

Enrollment/Participation Requirements:

  • Supervisor approval is required to participate in the Inclusion, Equity and Community Building series. Each registrant’s supervisor will receive an email with full instructions requesting approval for their attendance.
  • Supervisors will also approve those who are waitlisted, and the learner must notify them if they are waitlisted.
  • Supervisors will have the option to indicate why they have denied a participant’s enrollment in the course.

To preserve the integrity of the curriculum, participants will agree to the following:

  • Participants must attend each module in proposed order.
  • Due to limited staff, session make-ups cannot be provided. Participants must attend all scheduled modules to achieve completion and will be removed from the roster if a session is missed.
  • Participants must attend each module’s entire four-hour session. Those arriving later than 15 minutes after start time will be removed from the roster.
  • Adhere to the “Principles of Engagement” of the series:
    Principles of Engagement
  • Each participant will receive a reflection journal in which they can complete their pre-work, take notes, and answer reflection questions. Laptop computers are not permitted in the sessions.
  • All assigned pre-work must be completed before each session (including assigned activities, reflections, and other assignments). Participants will receive an email from the instructor with additional pre-work instructions.
  • Participants will receive slide decks for each module via email after each session they complete.

Registration information:

Participants are required to register for the series using the Learning Portal at mylearning.unt.edu.

  • Login using your EUID & password
  • Click on the “Find Learning” button:
    Find Learning Button
  • Type IECB18 and click on the double arrows:
  • Click on the "Register" button:
  • Once enrolled, you will receive an email confirmation notification that you have been approved for the series. You will also receive an email confirmation for each module from MyLearning-Donotreply@untsystem.edu. Click on each email’s attached .ICS file to save each module to your Outlook calendar.
  • For registration assistance, call Teresita Hurtado Ramos at 940-565-3724 or Teresita@unt.edu.

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