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Last Updated: November 24, 2020 at 9:32 a.m.
Black Lives Matter at UNT
Post-Town Hall Submissions
Were you unable to attend the Black Lives Matter President's Town Halls on June 5, 2020 and June 8, 2020? Did you attend the Town Hall but did not get a chance to have your comment or question addressed? Perhaps you have further comments, questions, or concerns? Submit your thoughts or questions below post-Town Hall. Each submission will be sent directly to the Equity.Diversity@unt.edu inbox where a staff member will address your question or concern.
Regarding Recent Events in Minneapolis and Across the U.S. “The Struggle is Real”
Vice President of Institutional Equity & Diversity, Joanne Woodard, released a statement May 31, 2020 addressing the murder of George Floyd.
Soon after the hashtag #BlackatSMU began to trend, Black UNT campus community members began to tweet racist incidents that occurred while at UNT with the hashtag #BlackatUNT.
The UNT Staff Senate Executive Committee submitted a statement to President Smatresk on June 25, 2020 addressing the action plan, "Moving Forward Together: UNT's Action Plan for Improving Diversity and Inclusion on Campus."
ÚNeTe and LMAS
The campus employee Latinx interest group, ÚNeTe, in conjunction with the Latina/o Mexican American Studies Program released a statement “to communicate key action items [they] identified to help UNT work toward more racial equity on our campus.”
Unlikely Allies in the Academy
Past participants of Diversity & Inclusion’s Unlikely Allies in the Academy released a statement June 7, 2020 answering the President’s Town Hall questions.
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Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) provides learning and development opportunities to students, faculty, and staff; and develops meaningful and effective internal and external partnerships. Due to the nature of their trainings, the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity and Diversity & Inclusion created a Principles of Engagement graphic that is free to use.
Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in violation of University policies may consult with us for advice and/or to file a complaint. If you have any questions or concerns on filing a report, contact Equal Opportunity at 940-565-2759 or by email at OEO@unt.edu.
Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to explore your identities and learn about others? Connect with the Multicultural Center and see how you can get plugged in.
Counseling and Testing Services
UNT’s Counseling and Testing Services is open remotely from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also offers Telemental Health. To make an appointment or learn more about their services, contact their front desk at 940-565-2741 or by email at CounselingandTestingServices@unt.edu.
Dean of Students
Report to the Dean of Students if you experience or witness racism committed by a student. If you are unsure how to report, you can contact Dean of Students at 940-565-2648 or by email at DeanofStudents@unt.edu.
”The University of North Texas offers counseling, vocational and adjunctive therapy services to students and community members through the Wellness and Employment Learning Lab.” The UNTWELL Clinic is offering free and confidential sessions via Zoom meetings for UNT students during the 10 week summer semester. Email them at UNTWELL@unt.edu or fill out the “Contact Us” form on their website.
UNT Libraries D&I and MC Library Guides
In addition to the Topics & Terminology page with BLM resources (linked in the Media section), Lilly Ramin constructed library guides for both Diversity & Inclusion as well as the Multicultural Center. These online guides are hubs for the campus community to find library holdings, resources, and events, and connect with Lilly to request library material.
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Black Lives Matter in Denton, TX
From the page: “There are many ways to support the Black community in Denton — spend your dollars at their businesses, show up to events, sign petitions, spread the word!” Visitors can also submit additions, modifications, and removals to the resource page.
Denton Bail Fund for Protestors
If you are arrested for protesting, please contact the Denton Bail Fund by calling or texting 940-268-2478 or by email at DentonBailFund@gmail.com.
Black Virtual Therapist Directory
The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective started an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
Black Mental Wellness Instagram
Founded by a team of Black psychologists, this organization offers mental health insight through posts about everything from destigmatizing therapy to talking about Black men’s mental health to practicing gratitude to coping with anxiety.
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network directory is an interactive digital resource that helps QTPoC locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country. It includes a Google map as well as a Featured Practitioners page which is organized regionally to assist people in identifying a practitioner to work with.
Talking to Your Child About Racism
”This document, Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence, was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as we are made aware of more resources.”
Citizen Journalism and Political Protests
This resource from Syracuse University provides information on citizen journalism and understanding your rights.
Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives
"Around the world, people on multiple continents have expressed their solidarity with BLM demands in numerous protests, many of which have addressed police violence, racial discrimination and systemic racism in their own countries. In order to draw connections among unique, but interlinked, anti-racist struggles in the context of the global histories of colonialism, imperialism and internationalism, International Institute faculty have created the 'Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives' webinar series for the 2020–21 academic year."
January 5th - Talk is Cheap; Antiracism is WORK
"Join us for an engaging discussion on the work of Antiracism. Guest will address the challenge of moving antiracist talk into action."
January 22nd - Inclusive Teaching Environments: Decolonisation of the Curriculum
"Exploring the importance of decolonising the curriculum to create an inclusive teaching environment."
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Content Warning: The following articles contain acts of racism, details of violence, police brutality, and microaggressions that may be triggering.
What Leaders Can Do for Black Employees
The blog post from ChangeCadet.com complied a list of tips intended for white or white passing leaders “[s]ince we know that leadership is predominantly white.” Similarly, the article by Shenequa Golding from Medium.com “Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot” offers a personal perspective.
Our Pain is Not Your Classroom
”Our experience is shared to bring awareness in hopes that you will inundate yourself with the true history of the United States of America and do the work required to dismantle racism, even if it’s found in your own heart.” Login required to access.
Tips for Discussing Racial Injustice in the Workplace
”When microaggressions are coupled with consistent overt racism, including physical assaults (as seen with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others), it becomes absolutely critical for Americans—including employers—to have an open and honest conversation about race.”
Dear White People: It is Time for Us to Step Up
”It is time for us to wake up to what being white really means in America, whether we personally intend it or not. We are part of a system that has trained and developed us to see the world in a particular way. We benefit from that system. And as we saw so graphically depicted in the recent incident in Central Park, it stands ready to be weaponized to our advantage whenever we need it.”
Reading is Only a Step on the Path to Anti-Racism
"...just reading Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist or Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility will not make you anti-racist. If it did, we all could have been anti-racists years ago."
COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Expose Stark Racial Divide
"'Race doesn't put you at higher risk. Racism puts you at higher risk,' said Camara Jones, a physician and former president of the American Public Health Association, in a recent Q&A with Scientific American. 'People of color are more infected because we are more exposed and less protected...'"
Diversity pledges alone won’t change corporate workplaces – here’s what will
This article was written by a UNT faculty member, Kimberly A. Houser: "Unfortunately, if past experience is any indication, good intentions and public pledges will not be enough to tackle the problem of the underrepresentation of women and people of color in most companies."
BLM Library Holdings
Lilly Ramin, subject librarian for sociology, assembled a page with helpful terminology and topics including a Word document and PDF of the BLM media list with alternatives to holdings and other resources.
Anti-Racist Reading List
Princeton University Seniors Ashley Noel Hodges and Lauren Johnson constructed a Google Sheet containing anti-racist reads in these areas: Revolutionary Thoughts, Black Feminism, Prison/Police Abolition, Critical Race Theory, and more.
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100 Marvel Comics by Black Creators
”Marvel Comics has decided to make one hundred comic books by black creators, available free on their Marvel Unlimited app, whether you are a subscriber or not.”
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Marvel's Luke Cage
See You Yesterday
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
Dear White People (Film)
Dear White People (TV Series)
The Hate U Give
I May Destroy You
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
When They See Us
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Do Not Resist
The House I Live In
I Am Not Your Negro
King in the Wilderness
We Are the Giant
Oprah Winfrey: Where Do We Go From Here?
Oprah Winfrey hosted a two part OWN Spotlight discussion,Where Do We Go From Here?, with guests such as Stacey Abrams, Charles M. Blow, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ava DuVernay, Jennifer Eberhardt, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram Kendi, David Oyelowo, Rashad Robinson and Bishop William J. Barber II.
A&E Network The Time is Now: Race and Resolution
”The Time Is Now: Race and Resolution aired across all A+E networks in partnership with the NAACP and OZY. This important conversation features influential social justice voices discussing the ways systemic racism, implicit bias, and economic inequality are afflicting our nation, and pathways forward to help achieve lasting change.”
Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist
”[Brené Brown talk[s] with professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. [They] talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but [they] really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.
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||"The Blazer Experiment"
|"Articles of Interest #8: Knockoffs"
|"The Green Book Redux"
|"Working Through My ISH"
||"Yes, As In"
|"In Crypt, Decrypt"
||"It Looked Like Fire"
||"Us & Them"
|"Tell Christy I Love Her"
|"Future on Ice"
|Everything is Alive
||"Chioke, Grain of Sand"
||"Race Traitor Series"
|"Divesting from People Pleasing Series"
|Kitchen Sisters Present
||"First Day of School, 1960 New Orleans"
|"Black Chef, White House: African American Cooks in the President’s Kitchen"
|"A Secret Civil Rights Kitchen: Georgia Gilmore and the Club from Nowhere"
|The Memory Palace
|"We’ve Forgotten James Powell"
||"Sakena - Mr. Telephone Man"
|"Cynthia - I Need a (Straight) Man"
|"Country Mouse vs City Mouse"
|Over the Road
||"Why We Drive"
||"Remembering Olivia Hooker"
|"The Words of Renault Robinson - Then and Now"
|"Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair"
||"Meek Mill - Trauma"
|"Jamila Woods - Baldwin"
|"Michael Kiwanuka - Black Man in a White World"
|This Day in Esoteric Political History
||"Shirley Shows Up (1972)"
|"Ain’t I A Woman (1851)"
|"Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)"
|This is Love
|Theory of Everything
|"Utopia (part v)"
||"The Off Season"
|"The Sweet Music of Friction"
|"Visible & Drive Straight Ahead"
97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
"This article is continually updated to ensure each item is accurate and needed today...Achieving racial justice is a marathon, not a sprint. Our work to fix what we broke and left broken isn’t done until Black folks tell us it’s done."
Speak Up! Among Family
"How to speak up to the people closest to you, those you love the most, whether in response to a single instance or an ongoing pattern."
Organizational Assessment Tools and Resources
"Similar assessments can be done for each of the major aspects an organizations work and its internal policies and practices. In doing these assessments, it is very useful to look at the existence and impact of white culture. And, people with different roles and identities within the organization should review each area of an organization’s internal and external practices."
Ten Tips for the "Newly Woke" to Become Anti-Racist Allies in Academia
Dr. Jioni A. Lewis, Associate Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, assembled a resource for allies to take action to be anti-racist, specifically in academia. An accessible version of the image linked below is available on Dr. Jioni A. Lewis' Twitter.
I Interrupted a Racist Joke
Paul Scanlon discusses "white solidarity" and "white social capital" in the context of racist jokes.
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Black Student Union
The Black Student Union or BSU is the presiding organization representing marginalized students of African descent at the University of North Texas. It is our job to educate, uplift, support and empower our students with a variety of programming, professional and leadership development seminars, workshops, and social justice training. BSU is committed to creating an intentional, empowered and engaged community that centers the intersectional black student experience at UNT.
A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men is a mentor based organization geared towards equipping students with the tools needed to better position themselves for their professional careers. We focus on academic excellence, professional development, paid internships and jobs.
Progressive Black Student Organization
The mission of PBSO is to help stimulate the minds of young African American students by bringing about social awareness and promoting interest in issues plaguing minority communities by way of forum meetings and events. We are here to promote and enhance pride, unity, dignity, self-respect and integrity among students at the University of North Texas.
National Association for Advancement of Colored People - UNT Chapter
”Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard, both the descendants of abolitionists, William English Walling and Dr. Henry Moscowitz, issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice.”
National Association of Black Journalists
"Our mission is to provide services and programs for journalism students of color so that they can excel in the field post-graduation."
Black Professional Network
The UNT Black Professional Network (BPN) serves employees that identify as Black or African American and focuses on three areas: employee engagement and support, student engagement and support, and alumni and community engagement.
Black Faculty Network
The Black Faculty Network is an organization focused on improving the recruitment and retention of black faculty at the University of North Texas. The BFN includes full-time tenure-track, tenured faculty, and non-tenured track faculty of African decent, as well as allies. To achieve its goals, the BFN provides professional and social support at every career stage.
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Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Training
These professional development opportunities and recommended webinars provide foundational concepts that serve as great primers for Diversity & Inclusion's in-person diversity and inclusion sessions.
Decriminalizing Blackness: A Syllabus from the History Department of the University of North Texas
This "course" presents a curriculum on the history of racism in the American system, how it presents in America today, and practical steps towards decriminalizing blackness and becoming an Antiracist country.
This fall, Dr. Sam Langsdale in the Department of Philosophy will be co-teaching with Professor Steve Wolverton of the Department of Geography a new class titled PHIL 4960.002 Antiracist Thought (also running as GEOG 4885.003 and HIST 4261.006)
The class will meet remotely once a week on Tuesdays from 6-7:50pm and will involve intensive reading, discussion, and personal reflection. This is an upper-level course, open to all who wish to understand better the nature of white supremacy, structural racism, and how to actively combat them through antiracist praxis. Professor Wolverton and Dr. Langsdale will be the primary instructors, however there will also be a series of guest lecturers throughout the semester to help us engage with the material in complex ways.
University Libraries: Anti-Racist Resources
John Martin assembled the UNT library catalog information for several books on race and intersectionality. "This guide includes resources for faculty of color at the University of North Texas. It was compiled by the UNT Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of People of Color."
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture - Talking About Race Portal
This web portal has accumulated content, reflection questions, and resources targeted to specific audiences such as educators or parents as well as individuals committed to equity. From their website: “Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.”
JSTOR Daily - Institutional Racism: A Syllabus
JSTOR Daily, a scholarly news website, has gathered articles published in the past five years that pertain to institutionalized racism. According to their page: “Some readers may find some of the stories in this syllabus or the photos used to illustrate them disturbing. Teachers may wish to use caution in assigning them to students.”
Stanford University RaceWorks Toolkit
Developed in collaboration with SPARQ, the goal was to create an open access, modular resource that educators, professionals, and facilitators can use to enhance their teaching and conversations about race.
Showing Up for Racial Justice Toolkits
The organization, Showing Up for Racial Justice, designed several toolkits with topics “to learn more about how race, class, gender and more intersect and contribute to oppression.”
Justice in June Google Doc
Organized by how much time per day you can devote to becoming more informed, Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta “created this detailed resource that compiles ways to learn, inform, and act to support those in the Black community.”
Self-Guided Curriculum: Race, Racism, and the American Experience
The Division of Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity at the University of Missouri assembled a self-guided curriculum to “do challenging and necessary inner work to disarm our preconceived notions. It will require that you cultivate a practice grounded in self-reflection and an understanding of your role as a life-long learner.”
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness
"Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, we hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people. Academics cannot stay silent about anti-Black racism. Academics cannot remain silent in the face of racial injustice. Everyone needs to do their part.”
Smithsonian Magazine: 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America
Pulled together by Meilan Solly, “these articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States.”
Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others
Use this guide from Pepperdine University to understand where prejudice comes from, what it looks like, and how you can help others experiencing it.
Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systems of Racism
Honors Carolina and Phi Beta Kappa present this series that includes six topical discussions and six hours of action designed to marshal knowledge in the fight against racism. They also put together a Google Doc of Hour of Action resources.
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Campaign Zero: 8 Can’t Wait
This resource created by Campaign Zero (more information under "Donate" on this page) details how “data proves that together these eight policies can decrease police killings by 72%.”
As an abolitionist organization, Critical Resistance supports abolitionist reforms to dismantle the systems of policing and works to create viable alternatives in our communities.
Critical Resistance Abolition Organizing Toolkit
This toolkit by organizers with Critical Resistance was designed “primarily for U.S.-based community organizers already working toward abolition and our allies. However, we hope it will be useful even for people who may not have thought much about abolition or who feel unsure about how useful it is as a goal.” It details ideas for alternatives to the prison industrial complex, connections between other social justice struggles and PIC abolition, and more.
Reclaim the Block
”Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.”
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Justice for Darius Tarver
The family and friends of UNT student Darius Tarver are asking for help to bring justice for his son’s senseless murder by Denton police.
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Sign the petition demanding that (among other things): The Mayor and City Council address the use of force by LMPD and fire and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna; arrest, charge, and convict them for this crime.
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
This petition calls for the disbarment of prosecutor George E. Barnhill. We feel his decision to sit on the case of Ahmaud Arbery's murder for three months was out of prejudice/racism and a personal relationship with the murderers.
Justice for Tony McDade
This petition allows you to send an email to the State Attorney, Chief of Police, Mayor, City Commissioners and City Manager demanding that they 1) remove the racist Chief of Police Lawrence Revell from office, 2) open an unbiased investigation into the brutal murder of Tony McDade, arrest all the police officers involved, and release all body camera footage (among other demands).
Justice for Sandra Bland
This petition calls for the case investigating Sandra Bland's death while in police custody be reopened.
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Denton Bail Fund
From the GoFundMe page: This is a fund explicitly for the potential incarceration of BLM protesters from Denton. Any leftover funds will be donated to the Dallas Bail Fund to help those who were victims to the mass incarceration Dallas recently experienced.
Justice for Darius Tarver GoFundMe
The father of UNT student Darius Tarver is asking for help to bring justice for his son’s senseless murder by Denton police.
Justice for Lermont Stowers-Jones
From the GoFundMe page: “On Nov. 20, 2018, Mont’s body was discovered by a search and rescue dive team in the waters of Hickory [C]reek after it was reported the day before that he ‘jumped’ from Goat Man's Bridge, a site notoriously synonymous with racial violence in our Denton community.” The family is still waiting for answers and need help to receive legal representation.
Clara’s Kitchen GoFundMe
Clara’s Kitchen, a Black-owned soul food restaurant in Denton, is seeking help in opening a location in downtown Denton after serving the community out of a space that only recently had the discriminatory zoning problem corrected.
Support Black People Google Doc
This masterdoc accumulated several ways you can support Black people with an emphasis on Black women and those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Donating to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute will “help us employ Black trans people, build more strategic campaigns, launch winning initiatives, and interrupt the people who are standing in the way of more being possible in the world for Black Trans people, and all people.”
Black Trans Travel Fund
”Donated funds are redistributed directly to Black trans women in need, who can then have the autonomy to purchase private car ride services, purchase gas for their own vehicles, pay family or friends for a ride, or other alternatives of their choosing that best suit their comfort and needs.”
Black Women’s Blueprint
”Black Women’s Blueprint envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. Your gift today will help ensure that Black girls and women can move through the world free from the threat of sexual violence.”
Know Your Rights Camp
”Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
The Okra Project
”The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
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Local Black-Owned Businesses
511 Robertson St., Denton, Texas 76205
The Cookie Crave
519 S Locust St., Denton, Texas 76201
519 S. Carroll Blvd., Ste. 100, Denton, TX 76201
Logan’s Shoe Repair
226 Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201
Queen Esther's Cupcakes
National Newspaper Publishers Association
Canceling your New York Times or local newspaper? Support Black owned newspapers in your state with this list of current members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Black-Owned Independent Bookstores
Across the country, black-owned bookstores have served as community gathering spaces, support for emerging authors, and educational resources.
Black-Owned Vegan Businesses
Snacks, vegan cosmetics, and even baked goods delivered to your door! Support these 11 Black-owned vegan businesses that ship their products nationwide.
Black-Owned Plus Size Clothing Brands
A list of black-owned plus size clothing brands you can support was curated by Alissa Wilson, the editor in chief of Stylish Curves, a website for “plus size women to come together and discuss fashion, personal style, and confidence.”
Queer Black Playwrights
The official Playbill website put together a list of queer Black playwrights to know and support
Black Queer-Owned Brands and Designers
”We wouldn't have a Pride Month without the labor of the Black queer community. Here's one way to support them now.”
Top 50 Black-Owned Websites
The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC)’s mission “includes uplifting websites created by, and for, people of African descent. These sites are sorted by the strength of their AALBC Score.
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