DEI Definitions

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works collaboratively with UNT System campuses and system DEI advisory groups, as well as with campus HR leaders, to ensure that higher education is accessible to everyone.

The UNT System is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion by investing in talent and culture across the UNT System, with a focus on driving progress toward aspirational goals that will enhance our system-wide efforts to be a leader in embracing and developing diverse students, faculty, and staff.

DEI Mission

To individually guide each member to realize that equity, diversity and inclusion are active strategies for achieving a variety of thoughts, viewpoints and ideas that lead to greater innovation and success; and closely reflect and embrace all diversity dimensions in an equitable and inclusive fashion.


All the ways in which people differ, encompassing characteristics that make us different from one another. Diversity is all-inclusive. A broad definition includes race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance. It also includes different ideas, perspectives and values.


The fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement of all people while eliminating barriers, increasing justice and fairness within procedures, processes and distribution of resources.


Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.

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Contact the Human Resources Records Center, Option 4, 1-855-878-7650 or email Equal Opportunity Office.