UNT’s progress in creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus community has not gone unnoticed. For the third 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.
Moving Forward Together: UNT's Action Plan
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.