The University of Texas at Dallas provides the State of Texas and the nation with excellent, innovative education and research. The University is committed to graduating well-rounded citizens whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world; to continually improving educational and research programs in the arts and sciences, engineering, and management; and to assisting the commercialization of intellectual capital generated by students, staff, and faculty.
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, and the executive leadership and community partnerships. The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE) provides leadership, resources and services to the UT Dallas community, and acts as a support for the enhancement of diversity programs campus-wide.
Connection Between ODCE’s Mission and the University Mission
Our programs and services support the overall mission and strategic vision of the University by advocating for inclusive campus policies and practices; educating the campus and broader community on a variety of diversity-related topics; empowering students, staff and faculty with the confidence and skills for success; and connecting them to resources, mentors, scholarships, internships and volunteer opportunities.
ODCE Strategic Goals
To help us purposefully lead, connect and advocate for diversity, equity, and access at UT Dallas, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement has developed the following strategic 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.
- Develop diversity education and training.
- Build partnerships to address the educational needs and diversity challenges of the community.
Each department within the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement develops and adheres to its own strategic plan to support the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement’s overarching strategic goals. These departments include: Institutional Diversity Initiatives, Community Engagement, Galerstein Gender Center, and the Multicultural Center.