About

 


The Equity and Diversity Conference is an annual event hosted by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access 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 Bakari Sellers, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Hill Harper, and Soledad O’Brien.

 



IDEAs for Change: History, Hope, and Progress

The 2022 Equity and Diversity Conference presented by Fidelity Investments is themed IDEAs for Change: History, Hope & Progress. The theme incorporates both the new name of its sponsoring division - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) - and the conference’s keynote speaker and Juneteenth scholar, Dr. Annette Gordon Reed. Presented for the second year virtually, the conference will bring back the career fair that debuted in 2020, and provide opportunities for centering the effects of historical and present-day oppression on minoritized communities for progress and change.

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Equity and Diversity Career Fair Presented by Comerica Bank

For the second time since its introduction in 2020, and continuing UNT’s efforts to strengthen relationships between students and employers, the 22nd Equity and Diversity Conference will include a virtual career fair presented by Comerica Bank and in partnership with the UNT Career Center. The career fair will feature employers with proven diversity, equity and inclusion infrastructure. Interested employers will be asked questions related to efforts such as employee resource groups (ERGs) and other identity-based programming, councils and scorecards, and disability accommodations.

 


Testimonials


 

“What I was able to hear about was how faculty can actually recognize in the classroom when something’s uncomfortable and tools that can really help faculty learn how to talk about it with students and don’t leave it as unsaid.”


— Lesa Roe, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System

 

  • I think this is great! I will encourage people to come.

  • Overall, I think this was a great conference and ran really smoothly!

  • I applaud the effort and energy to coordinate this conference. Continue to do the work.

  • Intercultural Conflict in the Classroom held the most value for me because I received practical tools that I can easily incorporate now, and clearly explain to coworkers how to better address the issue.

  • I Got You Sis, Self-Care: As an African American woman this was a workshop that focused on the stigmatizes that come with being a black woman in America and I felt it enlightening to share a space with others to talk about these issues and benefit from this talk.

  • I learned something new in all of the sessions I attended.

  • I thought it was great. The addition of the corporate sessions was valuable.

  • Excellent conference and exciting to see it continue to sell out every year.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and have confidence in the expertise of everyone in the Office of Equity and Diversity. Next year's conference will be as good or better!


 

Contact Us

For more information about the conference, contact us at Diversity.Inclusion@unt.edu or Equity.Diversity@unt.edu or 940-565-3119.