Transgender students hoping to live on campus may have unique concerns. The UNT Pride Alliance and the Department of Housing and Residence Life work together to assist in the housing of Transgender Students. To gather pertinent information related to meeting your on-campus housing assignment needs, please complete the following webform below.

Trans Housing Request Form

While we will ask you to indicate preferences regarding on-campus housing, please be aware that this survey is not an application for housing and hall, room, and roommate options are dependent on availability at the time you apply for housing. Based on submission of your responses, you should expect staff from Housing and Residence Life and the Pride Alliance to be in contact to assist you further. 

A complete housing application will be necessary to finalize the housing assignment process. 


Howard J. Ross

Howard J. Ross, Keynote on Digital Library.

Our 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 available for purchase and book signing at the conference.

Conference Location

University Union
Emerald Ballroom 314
1155 Union Circle
Denton, TX 76203

February 28, 2019

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Meet Our Keynote Speakers

About the Equity & Diversity Conference

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.

Due to the popularity of our conference, we live streamed the Welcome and Inclusive Excellence Award presentation, Howard J. Ross lunchtime keynote address, and Social Justice keynote with Dr. Jalane Schmidt (See Conference Schedule at a Glance for details). We plan to stream our 2020 conference next year as well!

Click here to watch our conference videos!

Questions About the Conference

If you have any questions about the conference itself or its content, please contact Jenny Roach ( or 940-565-2908).

Conference Highlights

Click here to see photos from the conference!

Previous Conferences: 2018 | 2017

Previous Keynote Speakers



Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien, National News Correspondent
Hill Harper
Hill Harper, Actor & Author
Tim Wise
Tim Wise, Author & Activist
Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart
Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Award-Winning Scholar



Dan Savage
Dan Savage, author, journalist, and activist
John Legend
John Legend, Singer, songwriter, and actor
Chelle Luper Wilson
Chelle Luper Wilson, President, Power Moves Communications



Don Lemon
Don Lemon, Journalist & Television Personality
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Head of Black Community Engagement, Google
Cuc Vu
Cuc Vu, Chief Diversity Officer for the Human Rights Campaign



Lee Mun Wah
Lee Mun Wah, Documentary filmmaker, author, educator, and master diversity trainer
Vivica Fox
Vivica Fox, Actress, producer and television host



Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Educator



Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, TV Host, Speaker, Author
Joaquin Zihuatanejo
Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher

There are many important elements of sexual health. We've broken them down into a few categories for you to access different resources. These resources are not perfect, and were not generated by the Pride Alliance. 

Consent and Communication

You Need Help: Here Is A Worksheet To Help You Talk To Partners About Sex

Getting Tested

Sexually active people should be getting tested every 2-3 months. When people say they've been tested for "everything" that isn't very clear. Common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV are the most commonly available STI tests. You might also want to consider testing for trichomoniasis, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and hepatitis A,B, and C (depending on the types of sex you are having). It's also important to note that many doctors are unfamiliar with discussing Queer and Trans bodies and sex configurations. Some doctors won't think to offer rectal testing for Queer cisgender men who are bottoming, and some doctors will be determined to prescribe birth control to folks for whom there is no risk of pregnancy. If you'd like to meet with Pride Alliance staff to plan a visit to the doctor, we're happy to help if you send us an email

8 Things to Bring Up at Your OB-GYN Appointment: Queer Edition