2019 UNT Equity and Diversity Conference

Conference Location

University Union
Emerald Ballroom 314
1155 Union Circle
Denton, TX 76203

February 28, 2019

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Meet Our Keynote Speakers

About the Equity & Diversity Conference

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.

Due to the popularity of our conference, we live streamed the Welcome and Inclusive Excellence Award presentation, Howard J. Ross lunchtime keynote address, and Social Justice keynote with Dr. Jalane Schmidt (See Conference Schedule at a Glance for details). We plan to stream our 2020 conference next year as well!

Questions About the Conference

If you have any questions about the conference itself or its content, please contact Alex Yarbro (Alex.Yarbro@unt.edu or 940-565-3119).

Conference Highlights

Previous Conferences: 2018 | 2017

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