DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas has been recognized once again for its dedication to diversity and inclusion on campus.
UNT has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the fourth straight year. This honor is given by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine to colleges and universities in the U.S. that are committed to cultivating a more inclusive and diverse campus environment.
UNT has made it a priority to engage its community members in programs that continue to promote inclusion on campus. Through the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA), there are numerous initiatives that make UNT a welcoming community.
“It is thrilling to have UNT’s DEI initiatives and best practices recognized with the HEED Award for the fourth consecutive year,” said Joanne G. Woodard, vice president for Institutional Equity and Diversity at UNT. “We have made great strides during what has been a challenging year to strengthen our demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is indeed an honor for the entire university community and provides encouragement to continue making UNT even better for the diverse employees and students who work and learn here.”
Every year, UNT hosts the Equity and Diversity Conference, which brings together students, faculty, professionals and thought leaders to discuss a range of topics in diversity, equity and inclusion. The upcoming virtual conference will be held March 23, 2022 with the theme “IDEAs for Change: History, Hope, & Progress.”
Through programs such as the OUTfits Clothing Closet and Lavender Leaders, UNT creates a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. As a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution, UNT is focused on helping underserved populations thrive on campus. Last fall, it launched Latin Dreams, a residential community focused on empowering Latinos through education, identity development and leadership growth.
UNT also has created the Anti-Bias & Cultural Awareness Program, which gives faculty and staff resources to help provide an inclusive, affirming and equitable environment for the campus community. It includes a series of training and seminars each semester.
As one of this year’s recipients, UNT will be featured alongside other winners in the magazine's upcoming issue.