Inya Baiye

Inya joined OEO in November 2015 and came to UNT from Ohio University where she held a similar position. Inya oversees the university's compliance with federal and state laws and university policies that prohibit discrimination.

Shani Barrax Moore

Shani became a diversity and inclusion practitioner nearly 17 years ago after a career in public relations and marketing. She brings her extensive training, program management, and strategic partnership development experience to the division’s new strategic direction.

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.

Asian-Pacific American

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Black History Month

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, and in October in the United Kingdom.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Native American Heritage Month

The month of November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

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.

Multicultural Graduations FAQ

When and where are the Multicultural Graduations?

People of Nia Location: UNT Union Lyceum Date: Dates will be announced in the Spring!

La Raza Location: UNT Union Lyceum Date: Dates will be announced in the Spring!

Multicultural Stole: At this time, there is not a specific ceremony for students who register for a multicultural stole.

Who can participate in the Multicultural Graduations?
Any UNT student (undergraduate or graduate) who will be graduating in Fall 2017 can participate. We provide stoles for the following groups:

  • Multicultural Stoles – Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • Kente Stoles (People of Nia) – African, African American, Black identities
  • Serape Stoles (La Raza) – Hispanic/Latinx identities

Do I need to fill out an application/register to participate?
Yes! The registration form serves to inform the graduation committees on who to include in their programs, how many students to expect, etc. While we would like to provide a stole and celebrate every graduating senior, stoles are limited so please apply early!

Where can I find a registration form?
Registration links for both Fall and Spring graduations are located below!

Do I still need to apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office?
Yes. This is NOT an application for graduation. It is an application for culturally-based graduation celebration ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations.

How many guests may I invite?
As many as you like!

What does it cost?
What does it cost? Nothing! It is FREE for you and your family and friends.

Who can I speak to if I have questions?
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 940.565.3424 or email

Fall Multicultural Graduation

Spring Multicultural Graduation