About Us

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement strives to accomplish the fulfillment of the UT Dallas commitment to embrace, enhance and celebrate diversity at all levels of the University and our community through the efforts of faculty, staff, students, the executive leadership and community partnerships. UT Dallas aspires to be a leader in promoting diversity to reach the highest levels of excellence.

Overall Goals

  • Develop and communicate a collective and inclusive understanding of diversity and its benefits across campus
  • Create a welcoming campus climate to foster a culture that promotes and celebrates diversity at UT Dallas and to attract and retain a diversity of talented people at all levels
  • Recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body
  • Recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce
  • Develop diversity education and training
  • Build partnerships to address the educational needs and diversity challenges of the community

Program Initiatives


  • Create an Equity Score Card
  • Develop UT Dallas diversity strategies, goals and five-year plan
  • Develop multicultural housing
  • Initiate multicultural dialogues
  • Develop a diversity course
  • Impact and enhance resources for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Association (GLBTQA) community, including Safe Zone training and website development


  • Promote the Minority Scholar's Symposium
  • Develop and implement programs to engage, recruit and retain girls and women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields of study
  • Enhance and expand recruiting efforts for underrepresented and female staff and faculty hires


  • Develop and Implement a Faculty Mentoring Program (Retention-Promotion)
  • Develop and Implement (Best Practices) Diversity Recruiting and Retention Strategies for Students
  • Develop and Implement a Staff Mentoring Program
  • Broaden the Student Diversity Mentoring Program

Highlights of Program Activities

  • Safe Zone Training for the GLBTQA community
  • Diversity Speaker Series
  • Professional counseling and mediation for students, staff and faculty regarding gender, equity and sexuality issues
  • Multicultural Dialogue Dinner Tables
  • Faculty / Staff / Student Multicultural Training and Awareness Seminars
  • Minority Scholar's Symposium
  • IBM Summer Camp field trip for middle school girls interested in technology
  • Texas Girls Collaborative Project Regional Spring Forum for Girls and Women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Faculty Mentoring Program
  • SAWS programs for the Support and Advancement of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Comet S.T.A.R.S. Mentoring Program
  • Regional Symposium on Diversity in Academia