UNT Demands for Inclusivity

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On the evening of Thursday, November 7th, during the “When Hate Comes to Campus” panel, UNT System Assistant General Counsel, Caitlin Sewell, stated the n-word in its entirety to the crowd - displaying in full light the systematic cultural incompetency and ignorance that plagues this institution. Therefore, the Student Government Association of the University of North Texas, in conjunction with the UNT Black Student Union and UNT’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, call for the following demands:

  1. We DEMAND that the UNT System creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all faculty, staff, and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained, and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff, and faculty of color.
  2. We DEMAND that the university institute a mandatory cultural competency course required of all students either in a first year seminar or a stand alone course integrated within Orientation and Transition Programs.
  3. We DEMAND that the university creates a specific outline to address diversity and inclusion practices in the strategic plan that will increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus.
  4. We DEMAND that by the academic year 2021-2022 the University of North Texas increases the
    percentage of black, brown, and other marginalized identities among the faculty and staff campus­wide to match the demographic representation of our student population.
  5. We DEMAND the University will allocate new financial resources towards the expansion of the multicultural center and the entirety of the Division of Equity and Diversity. We believe our students deserve a building just like the greek life center to accommodate the needs of individual minority groups.