Diversity Programming

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.

Community Engagement

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
  • Buddy System Peer Mentoring Programs
  • 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

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Heritage Month Celebrations

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Gender Initiatives

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Buddy System

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Multicultural Graduations

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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.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Rosa Clemente

Rosa ClementeOur 2018 keynote speaker is Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, community organizer, and journalist. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism.

She is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip-Hope activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare.

She is a frequent guest on television, radio, and online media.


Conference Workshops

Inclusive Excellence AwardThe conference serves as an effective personal and professional development resource for faculty, staff, students, and professionals seeking to broaden and deepen their perspectives around topics such as bias awareness, discrimination policies and practices, identity development, social justice education, and identity-based topics such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. Workshop presenters include both UNT and external community members from around the country. For a list of last year’s workshops, click here.


Workshop proposals are due Friday, December 8 by 5 p.m.

Submit a workshop proposal for the 2018 conference

The conference also includes an evening event, presented last year as a spoken word performance and competition. Other evening speakers have included W. Kamau Bell and John Legend.

Inclusive Excellence Award

Inclusive Excellence AwardAs part of a new tradition begun in 2017, the conference also includes a presentation of the Inclusive Excellence Award, presented to those who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and/or engagement in local and global communities. The Division awards a monetary gift to recipients to help continue their work.

Learn more about the inaugural award recipient

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition to its community building and professional development qualities, the conference provides an opportunity for vendors to showcase their goods and services, and sponsors at various different levels to partner with the Division to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity. Become a partner for equity, diversity and inclusion as an Equity and Diversity Conference Sponsor! See our sponsorship levels below, and click here to download and complete the sponsorship interest form. You will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss your sponsorship interest. Please email the completed form to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Diversity.Inclusion@unt.edu) with the subject “E&D Conference Sponsorship.” For additional questions, contact Shani Barrax Moore at (940) 565-3578 or Teresita Hurtado Ramos at (940) 565-3724.

Sponsorship Levels

  • VIP registration for 8 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • Introduction with keynote speaker
  • Company name and logo printed on conference registration bags
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Full page ad of your choice in conference program
  • Name on 500 conference t-shirts to be distributed prior to the event
  • VIP registration for 6 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • Introduction with Social Justice speaker
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Half page ad of your choice in conference program
  • VIP registration for 6 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • Naming rights for the Inclusive Excellence Award
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Half page ad of your choice in conference program
  • VIP registration for 4 attendees including prepaid parking passes
  • WiFi sponsor for the conference
  • Company name and logo listed on Equity and Diversity website
  • Half page ad of your choice in conference program
  • $25 for non-profit or educational entities
  • $100 for corporations or external businesses
  • Fill out the vendor table form

In-kind Donations
We understand that many businesses are not able to provide monetary donations. If you are still interested in contributing to the event, there are additional sponsorship opportunities available in the form of in-kind donations (i.e. gifts, prizes, certificates, products) to be given away throughout the conference. Please contact Shani Barrax Moore at (940) 565-3578 or Teresita Hurtado Ramos at (940) 565-3724 to discuss options and ideas.

Campus Sponsorships
Members of the UNT community can support the Equity and Diversity Conference at special rates. Such support has long been a cornerstone of the conference’s success, and include both monetary and in-kind support.

Note: After clicking the button below, you will be asked to login. You must have a valid EUID and password to view the internal sponsorship information.

Become an internal partner

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

Let us know you're interested!

Check-in KioskAre you interested in attending, sponsoring or presenting at next year's Equity & Diversity Conference? Click the button below to send us your information and we will follow up with you about how you can participate as well as send you updates regarding next year's theme, presenters and workshops. We can also send you details about the Inclusive Excellence Award if you want to know if you're eligible to apply or even if you would like to serve on the selection committee.

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Planning for the 2018 Equity and Diversity Conference is underway.

The Director of Equal Opportunity (Inya Baiye) also serves as the ADA Coordinator for UNT. The ADA/504 Coordinator manages University programs and responsibilities to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.

The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating University policies and procedures relating to persons with disabilities, tracking university progress relating to its policies and procedures as well as state and federal laws relating to persons with disabilities, filing all necessary reports, and providing consultative services to employing units and offices.

An individual with a disability is someone who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one (1) or more major life activities
  • has a record of such impairment
  • is regarded as having such an impairment

Examples of individuals who are covered under this definition include:

  • individuals with permanent vision or hearing loss
  • individuals with mobility impairments
  • individuals with mental or psychological disorders including intellectual disability
  • individuals with cosmetic disfigurements
  • individuals with serious contagious and non-contagious diseases such as AIDS, cancer, or epilepsy

Generally, individuals who have temporary limitations are not considered to have a disability under the ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

University Policies Relating to ADA/504 Compliance:

This list contains the EO relevant sections of the UNT Policy Manual. Click on the policy description to view the complete UNT policy.

Disability Accommodation for Students and Academic Units

Campus Access for Service and Comfort Animals for People with Disabilities

Employment of Individuals with Disabilities/Workplace Accommodations

Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Non-Retaliation

Resources for Students

The Office of Disability Accommodation determines eligibility for reasonable accommodations for students. Students may obtain information about requesting a reasonable accommodation from ODA here. ODA also offers alternative testing services and testing accommodations.

Resources for Employees

The Human Resources Office determines eligibility for reasonable accommodations in the workplace for employees.

General ADA/504 Accessibility Resources

UNT Construction Obstruction Report

Guide to Disability Rights Laws

Texas Laws and Standards

Accessibility in Website Design

Guide to Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Contact the ADA/504 Coordinator

Inya Baiye: Inya.Baiye@unt.edu
Phone: (940) 565-2759

Employee Information

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OEO is the university office designated to conduct investigations of allegations of discrimination on the basis of protected status, and to coordinate university responses to these complaints.

OEO will conduct an investigation in response to complaints of discrimination when the allegations, if true, would constitute a violation of the policies against discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. In such cases, the individual making the report [complainant] shall be encouraged to file a written complaint.

In cases where OEO has notice of alleged discrimination, OEO may initiate an investigation after making a preliminary inquiry into the facts, and will inform the person(s) who were allegedly harmed by discrimination of the decision to initiate an investigation.

Investigations will incorporate the following standards:

  1. OEO will evaluate the inquiry to determine if the office has a duty to investigate. If OEO is not the proper office to handle the inquiry, the Complainant will be referred to the appropriate office for assistance. If OEO determines that the inquiry is viable, it will be moved forward for investigation.
  2. Complaints of discrimination made against OEO staff will be referred to the Office of Institutional Compliance for further action.
  3. The individual(s) conducting the investigation shall be familiar with the policies prohibiting discrimination and retaliation, and have training and/or experience in conducting investigations.
  4. The alleged perpetrator [Respondent] shall be informed of the substance of the allegations. If the Respondent cannot be located, attempts at notification shall be documented.
  5. OEO will notify the Respondent’s supervisor of the allegations of discrimination. In cases where the supervisor is named as a Respondent, OEO will provide notice of the allegations to the next appropriate supervisor.
  6. If the Respondent is an employee, OEO will notify Human Resources [HR] of the existence of the complaint and the general nature of the complaint.
  7. The investigation generally shall include, as appropriate, interviews with the Complainant and Respondent, interviews with witnesses, and a review of relevant documents. Witnesses should be able to describe incidents they have seen, heard or experienced to help the investigator understand the situation. Parties may be interviewed more than once, or may be contacted to clarify an earlier statement.
  8. OEO will disclose facts to witnesses as reasonably necessary to conduct a fair and thorough investigation. Participants in an investigation shall be advised that maintaining privacy is essential to protect the integrity of the investigation and will be asked to refrain from discussing the pending investigation. Participants will also be advised of the university’s prohibition against retaliation.
  9. At any time during the investigation, the investigator may recommend that interim protections or remedies for the Complainant or witnesses be provided by appropriate university officials. These protections or remedies may include separating the parties, placing limitations on contact between the parties, placing the Respondent on administrative leave or reassignment, or making alternative workplace or student housing arrangements. Failure to comply with the terms of interim protections may be considered a separate violation of university policy and subject to further disciplinary action.
  10. The investigation shall be completed as promptly as possible and in most cases within 45 business days of the date the written complaint was received. OEO may extend this timeline due to extenuating circumstances, and in such cases the parties shall be notified in writing.
  11. Any contemplated adverse employment actions towards the parties involved in an investigation must be brought to the attention of OEO prior to implementation. OEO will consult with supervisors, administrators, HR, and the Office of General Counsel [OGC] as necessary on measures to protect parties from retaliation.
  12. An investigation will result in a written report that, at a minimum, includes a statement of the allegations and issues, a summary and an analysis of the information considered, and a determination by the investigator as to whether university policy has been violated. For allegations of discrimination or retaliatory behavior, there are two possible findings:
    • Substantiated: It is more likely than not that the allegation is true, based on the evidence reviewed.
    • Unsubstantiated: There is insufficient evidence to prove or disprove that the allegation is true.
  13. OEO may make recommendations for resolution of the situation or to prevent further contact between the Complainant and the Respondent. These recommendations are directed to individuals who have authority to make decisions to ensure enforcement of the recommendations, such as an academic department chair, a residence life administrator, or a supervisor/manager. These recommendations could include educational programs, counseling/coaching, mediation, remedies for the Complainant, and a referral to disciplinary procedures, as appropriate. The supervisor or manager will copy OEO on a written statement documenting the implementation of such actions.
  14. When the investigation is completed, the Complainant and Respondent will receive written notification, and a copy of the investigative report.
  15. Copies of the investigative report will be provided to the Respondent’s supervisor and to the supervisor of the academic or administrative unit which employs the Respondent. These individuals are directly responsible for implementing measures to correct and prevent discriminatory or retaliatory conditions.
  16. The report may be used to inform other related proceedings such as the investigation of subsequent complaints, grievances and/or disciplinary actions.
  17. If further corrective action is taken against a Respondent, HR will copy OEO on documents authorizing such action.
  18. Regardless of the method of resolution or the outcome, the Complainant is at all times free to pursue a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission (Civil Rights Division), the United States Department of Education (Office for Civil Rights), the United States Department of Labor (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs), or to consult with a labor/employment attorney at the Complainant’s own expense.

Any person may report issues occurring in UNT’s employment or educational context which they believe to be acts of discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political affiliation, disability, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, or veteran status.

Investigations will follow the procedure detailed here:
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If you wish to report discrimination or harassment, please complete this form:
Inquiry Form

Submit the form to the Office of Equal Opportunity in person at Hurley 175 or via email to oeo@unt.edu. An OEO staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.