"Our mission is to “Build Champions and Prepare Leaders.” Right now, we need champions and leaders on these important issues in our country and that is going to be a primary focus for us as we move forward together."
- Wren Baker, Vice President and Director of Athletics
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UNT Athletics' Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The University of North Texas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has identified several strategic initiatives related to social justice. These initiatives are designed to serve as a starting point for student-athletes, department staff, and the entire Mean Green Family to communicate and learn from each other while promoting equality and addressing injustices in our community.

  • Fund

    Allocate funds specifically for athletic department programming and facilitators focused on diversity, equality and inclusion to provide better education for student-athletes and staff.

  • Vote

    Develop a campaign to educate and register student-athletes to vote, and have coaches make time on election days for voting.

  • Read

    Provide selected reading(s) for all staff members focused on diversity, equality, and/or inclusion.

  • Honor

    Develop plan to build a tribute to UNT’s history in desegregating college football in Texas and emphasize overall importance of equality.

  • Educate

    Create educational video board spots at games with messages from our student-athletes on diversity and inclusion.

  • Facilitate

    Facilitate conversation with UNT leadership and UNT student-athletes.

  • Pledge

    Create a personal responsibility pledge, which outlines individual responsibilities to create and promote equality, for all staff and student-athletes to sign.

  • Listen

    Add questions to the annual student-athlete survey and senior exit interviews related specifically to minority student-athletes and their UNT experience.

  • Empower

    Create an internship or graduate assistantship to assist athletic executive team with diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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The University of North Texas is committed to improving diversity and inclusion on campus. Below are selected resources, initiatives and plans that serve to meet these goals.

Just the beginning

The initiatives outlined above are just the beginning of UNT Athletics' strategy to increase unity within our community. As we continue to listen, learn and grow, these initiatives will evolve to meet the expanding needs of society. We are also committed to the larger plans developed by the University of North Texas. Click below for resources and information from the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

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