About the Equity & Diversity Conference

When: February 20, 2020

Where: UNT Union | 1155 Union Cir, Denton, TX 76203

The UNT Equity & Diversity Conference turns 20 on 02-20-2020! Join the Division of Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access for a day of professional development, networking, and coalition building. The 20th Equity & Diversity Conference is presented by Peterbilt and includes keynote addresses and workshops from thought leaders around topics related to social justice, identity, equity and inclusion. Open to attendees at the University of North Texas and beyond, the conference seeks to broaden its scope by partnering with educational, non-profit, governmental, and corporate organizations to provide an enriching conference experience for those who participate in the conference on campus and via live stream.

Download the Conference Program!

What's new in 2020

  • New sponsorship levels and opportunities
  • An Equity and Diversity Career Fair in partnership with the Career Center
  • An engaging social media campaign
  • More efficient registration process
  • Expanded workshop capacity for more corporate-focused content

Questions About the Conference

For questions about the conference or its content, contact Teresita Hurtado Ramos (Teresita@unt.edu or 940-565-3724).

Conference Highlights

Previous Conferences:

2019 | 2018 | 2017

Previous Keynote Speakers



Howard J. Ross
Howard J. Ross, Author, Washington Post Best Seller, Unconscious Bias Speaker
Dr. Jalane Schmidt
Dr. Jalane Schmidt, Religious Studies Professor, Black Lives Matter Activist



Rosa Clemente
Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, community organizer, and journalist
Dr. D-L Stewart
Dr. D-L Stewart, Scholar, educator, and activist



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



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



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



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



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



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