2019 April Newsletter

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Multicultural Center Graduation

MC Grads

The Multicultural Center collaborates with numerous departments, as well as cultural and ethnic student groups, to coordinate culturally-based graduation ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations. These cultural celebrations acknowledge the value and uniqueness of underrepresented student experiences and serve to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of individuals within a familial and cultural context.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an event that historically celebrates LGBTQ+ graduates. Participants will receive stoles and awards; and the Pride Alliance will present its first-ever award acknowledging UNT Staff and Community member contributions to Queer and Trans student wellness.

Unlikely Allies in the Academy Series


TAM Conference

TAM Conference

As part of the President’s efforts to build a stronger UNT community, his office partnered with Dispute Resolutions Services of North Texas, Inc. (DRS) last fall to train 18 faculty and staff members as certified mediators to resolve interpersonal disputes on campus. Christi Hestand, executive assistant for the division, was one of the employees who received the training and recently attended the Texas Association of Mediator’s Conference (TAM) in Addison, Texas. Christi had the opportunity to network with other mediators in the state and gain knowledge and techniques to assist members of the community to work together and become a stronger Mean Green family!

Mediation at UNT is a voluntary process that can help individuals find mutually agreed upon solutions to job-related interpersonal disputes between faculty, administrators, and/or staff. If you are interested in learning more, the mediation website at https://mediation.unt.edu has expanded information to explain the process and you can request mediation by filling out this form: https://mediation.unt.edu/mediation-request.

Collegiate Black Male Retreat

Collegiate Black Male Retreat

Through sponsorship provided by the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, the UNT MARTIAL Eagles attended the annual Collegiate Black Male Retreat facilitated by the University of Texas at Austin. In early March, 20 young men loaded up in three vans and headed south to the Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center where they met up with other college men from across the state for a weekend of leadership development and encouragement to pursue academic and professional success. Special thanks to UNT staff members Joshua Sylve and Gabrian King for joining Harold Woodard in driving (and wrangling) the group!

EO Training

Did you know?

UNT employees are required to receive training on UNT Policies 16.004 (Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity, and Non-Retaliation) and 12.005 (Prohibition of Sexual Assault and Retaliation) no later than 30 days after employment begins and at least once every two years thereafter. The Office of Equal Opportunity is offering multiple one-hour training sessions to satisfy these training requirements. The sessions are designed to remind all faculty and staff of the prohibitions against discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

OEO has scheduled training sessions for the following dates and times:

Date Time Location
April 17 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. General Academic Building, Rm 105
April 19 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Eagle Student Services Center, Rm 255
April 23 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eagle Student Services Center, Rm 255
April 29 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Eagle Student Services Center, Rm 255
May 1 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Business Leadership Building, Rm 080
May 10 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Business Leadership Building, Rm 055
May 16 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. To be determined
May 20 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. To be determined

To register for one of these training sessions, please follow these steps:

  1. Access the Learning Portal at https://mylearning.unt.edu
  2. On the Learning Center page, click on the “Find Learning” tile
  3. Search for “TitleIX” with no spaces
  4. Click on the Enroll button for the session you would like to attend

If you have any questions, or if you would like to request disability accommodations to access these training sessions, please contact Rebbecca Dobrin at 940.565.2759 or Rebbecca.Dobrin@unt.edu as soon as possible.



When introducing yourself, do you include your pronouns? Pronouns are words like she, him, and they which are used in place of a person’s name when speaking about them. By introducing yourself with your pronouns, you show that you don’t assume the pronouns of the people around you, which may be different than you think.

An awareness of pronouns is important. You can’t know someone’s pronouns for sure unless you ask, and declaring your own during introductions is a great way to start the conversation. Misgendering is when someone calls a person by the wrong pronoun or gendered term. For more information and resources, visit edo.unt.edu/pronouns.

More on Pronouns:

Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart provides an excellent explanation of one’s personal gender pronouns and why personal pronoun use is important to transgender people in this video. Dr. D-L Stewart is a professor in the School of Education and Tri-Chair of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Colorado State University. Over the course of their 17-year faculty career, they have focused most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in their research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation.

Dr. Stewart served as the inaugural Social Justice Keynote Speaker for the 2018 UNT Equity and Diversity Conference. The full interview, including Dr. Stewart’s perspectives on their Social Justice keynote address, “Driving the Getaway Car: Moving from Allyship to Accompliceship in Social Justice Advocacy,” and the full keynote address, may be viewed here.

National Diversity Winners

Dr. Holly VaughnDr. Holley Vaughn, Undergraduate Advisor and Performance Studies Senior Lecturer, recently won the 2019 Outreach Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). Outreach Award honors SSCA members who have made significant contributions to the profession by facilitating the success and access of under-represented populations or the integration of specific groups of students, professionals, or scholars into the communication discipline or professional organizations.

The UNT Communication Studies Department also won the Minority Recruitment and Retention Award with SSCA for 2019. The Minority Recruitment and Retention Award honors institutions that have demonstrated noteworthy commitment to the recruitment and retention of minority students for their campuses.

Navigating Leadership Training

Forward 50

On March 21, Shani Barrax Moore (left center) and Eve Shatteen Bell (right center) joined other UNT employees in graduating from the Navigating Leadership Training Program offered by UNT leadership and the UNT System Talent Development group. The program was developed for front line, high-performing supervisors and group leaders, who already have a good handle on their basic supervisory knowledge, and are looking to expand their leadership skills, personal awareness, and team building effectiveness. The 12 sessions focused on creating leadership goals, motivation techniques, coaching, communication skills, and employee performance. Congratulations to our valued team members.

Drag Show

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Join the Pride Alliance, the University Programs Council, and the Residence Hall Association for our annual UNT Drag Show! Hosted by the fabulous performer, Peppermint, the Drag Show provides an opportunity for Queer and Trans student performers to showcase their talents on a large scale.

The drag culture you will see at the show, in your local bars, and in popular media comes from ball culture which was created by Black and Brown communities to counter the rampant racism and classism set up in drag culture in and before the late 80’s. Tickets are available for free for students and $10 for community members. To claim your tickets, please visit untuniontickets.com.

Higher Education Committee of 50

Forward 50

On March 13, 2019, the Higher Education Committee of 50 released comprehensive policy recommendations to transform higher education student financial aid. Convened by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the committee's work was funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Not a think tank or a group of politicians, the Higher Education Committee of 50 is full of leaders on the ground in America's colleges and universities.

On March 14, UNT Vice President Joanne Woodard and other committee members were on Capitol Hill to meet with senators and representatives regarding recommendations on access, affordability, accountability and transparency as the U.S. Congress considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

You can read more about the 36 practical recommendations of the Higher Education Committee of 50 here.

You can also read the full report here.

Eagle Dreamers

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For the past 5 years, the Office of Admissions has been training over 600 admissions and high school counselors around the DFW area on how to better assist undocumented students through the admissions process. While training admissions staff, they noticed the need to increase awareness regarding DACA and SB 1528, thus the Eagle Dreamer mentorship program was born.

The mission of the Eagle Dreamer program is to provide mentorship and support to undocumented students at UNT while educating the campus community. During the mentor training, participants review the legal barriers that undocumented students navigate, share dreamer stories, and learn about other UNT campus resources.

Thanks to the Division of Enrollment, Institutional Equity & Diversity and the Multicultural Center, the first Eagle Dreamer training will be held in the Language Building, Room 319 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. To RSVP please email Rebeca.Perfecto@unt.edu as space is limited.

OIED Calendar of Events

Click the button below to see all the exciting events planned for April:


Support Equity & Diversity

We appreciate your financial support of Institutional Equity and Diversity. You may designate your gift to one of the specific areas below:

  1. Multicultural Center
  2. Pride Alliance
  3. VP Equity & Diversity Unrestricted
  4. Equity & Diversity Conference