HEED Award

2021 HEED Award Logo

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2021 HEED Award Logo in Spanish

UNT’s progress in creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus community has not gone unnoticed. For the fourth year in a row, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized the University of North Texas with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. As befitting a “top college for diversity,” the Division’s activities and initiatives have continued to move UNT towards a greater IDEA — inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.


Hispanic-Serving Institution Status

The University of North Texas is now designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), allowing it to receive additional federal funds to support and expand programs for Hispanic students. To become eligible for this status, UNT must have at least 25 percent of its student body be Hispanic, have at least 37% of undergraduate students who are Pell grant eligible, as well as invest substantially in the instruction of all students.


HSI Programs


Moving Forward Together

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President Smatresk and UNT leaders from across the university worked together to create an action plan to ensure our university better incorporates initiatives targeted at advancing diversity and inclusion on campus.

ASEE Bronze Level Diversity Recognition

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On January 15, 2021, the College of Engineering was rated by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as being among the nation's leaders in inclusive excellence. Bronze level recognition was the highest level ASEE issued for the application cycle.




Purple Heart University

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The Military Order of the Purple Heart designated UNT as a Purple Heart University on May 3, 2018. The honor recognizes UNT’s commitment to serving veterans and their families and celebrates all members of the UNT community who serve or have served in the military.

NBCU Academy

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On January 14, 2021, the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism was selected to take part in NBCUniversal News Group’s NBCU Academy, a new multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students. NBCU Academy will focus on reaching students from underrepresented groups, including those with diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, economic and geographic backgrounds.




UNT Together Fund

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This new fund is a university-wide initiative intended to build diversity and inclusion at the University of North Texas. It will create opportunities for programmatic support, scholarships and student-centered initiatives on campus. When you give to any of the funds or scholarships listed, UNT will give a 100% matching gift to the UNT Together Fund.




Anti-Bias & Cultural Awareness Program

Faculty Success has developed a plan for faculty and academic staff: Anti-Bias & Cultural Awareness Program. The aforementioned plan will serve as a foundation for facilitating an inclusive, affirming, and equitable environment for our Mean Green Family and the diverse communities we serve. The plan was created with a scaffolding approach to provide foundational knowledge, intermediate knowledge and implementation, and an advanced execution phase for faculty and academic staff.

In Fall 2020, 2,128 people in Academic Affairs were trained!



Diversity Initiatives

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Campus Inclusion Climate Survey
Survey results posted

In the fall of 2018, UNT distributed its first ever campus-wide climate survey to identify strengths and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Training
Expand your D&I knowledge

Soon after COVID-19 lockdowns, Diversity & Inclusion moved their expansive library of trainings online.

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Multicultural Center Programs
Want to connect to culture?

The MC sponsors and hosts several programs, events, and groups on campus to increase cultural understanding in UNT's diverse community.

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OUTfits Clothing Closet
Gender affirming clothing for free

Any student can take advantage of the closet in the Union, plus they accept donations and funds to support this important effort.