The Multicultural Center celebrates diversity by planning, implementing and co-sponsoring programs that educate the center's five areas of diversity: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interfaith, and disability. Programs and activities sponsored by the center are developed with the intention of increasing the level of awareness, understanding, and consciousness regarding the diverse make up of our university, community, and global environment. Examples of these programs include Campus Safety Programs, Cafe Diversity discussion, Pride Initiatives, Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness, Disability Awareness, and celebrating Asian History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women's History Month and Native American Indian Heritage Month.
The Multicultural Center has established several Special Interest Group Networks (SIGNs) and other community groups such as IDEA Team and Community Engagement Team to help members of the UNT community have a voice in diversity initiatives. These groups meet throughout the calendar year and work to partner with other campus and community groups to encourage diversity and inclusion at UNT and within the DFW metroplex. The Multicultural Center started a project called MLK Year of Service encouraging students to perform volunteer work to help the Denton community and abroad. Through partnership with the Center for Leadership and Service and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, UNT students have heavily impacted the surrounding community through their hundreds of volunteer work. The Multicultural Center has been recognized by Keep Denton Beautiful as an “Outstanding Community Partner.”
The Multicultural Center hosts a number of conferences such as the Asian Pacific American Empowerment Conference (APAEC) and the Equity and Diversity Conference. Conferences are open to anyone and are free to UNT students. Both conferences feature dynamic nationally known speakers and workshops that encourage empowerment, civic engagement, and transformational leadership.
The Multicultural Center offers the following services:
- Ethnic Studies Library
- Student Organization Advising
- Cultural Programming
- Free Printing Services
- Free Computer Usage
- Free Copying Services
- Free Faxing Services
- Free Conference room usage for meetings and/or study groups
- Diversity Training
The Black Student Experience
Black Student Experience (BSE), was created to foster pride and promote academic success among the Black student population at UNT. Created in 2011, BSE is a weekend retreat that introduces incoming freshman and transfer students to leaders of the Black student population. This retreat is an opportunity for students to discover their campus involvement interests, become introduced to black faculty, staff, and alumni, and ideally begin or cultivate a path to become a leader themselves.
BSE participants leave the retreat with a better knowledge of the UNT resources available to them, a foundation that will prepare them to be successful at UNT and a community of support and family.
Heritage Month Celebrations
The Multicultural Center places a heavy emphasis on diversity. In order for students to celebrate as well as learn about other cultures, the center hosts various heritage month celebrations.
The statistics surrounding the persistence and graduation rates of men of color show an increased need to close the gap in support that these students face. The University of North Texas Multicultural Center is doing this by providing culturally-relevant resources, networks and community to help students of color who identify as male and masculine of center reach their educational and personal goals in innovative ways.
The F.L.Y. Peer Ambassador Program
The Multicultural Center is proud to host the F.L.Y. Peer Ambassador Program (Fortify the Leader in You)! The F.L.Y. Peer Ambassador Program was created to connect incoming freshman and transfer students to the University of North Texas by providing them with mentors who are upperclassmen.
The Multicultural Center collaborates with numerous departments, in addition to cultural and ethnic student groups, to coordinate culturally-based graduation celebration ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations. These cultural celebrations acknowledge the value and uniqueness of underrepresented student experiences and serves to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of individuals within their familial and cultural context.