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The Department of Faculty Diversity is responsible for supporting the recruitment, retention and promotion of underrepresented minority faculty at UT Dallas with an aim to improve the climate and networking among University faculty. The department creates programs to help tap the pipeline of qualified minority candidates and works closely with other departments, deans, search committees and the Provost's Office. The department supports a campus-wide faculty mentoring program in close collaboration with the Galerstein Gender Center, the faculty mentoring committee and the associate provost for faculty development.
The Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives (DIDI) is chartered with creating the strategies to enhance communication on diversity related topics within the UT Dallas community. In collaboration with Human Resources, we aim to increase diversity awareness by offering ongoing diversity training. Our office supports the development of new programs through identification of external funding to specifically address the unique issues and challenges affecting the under-represented stakeholders.
The Department of Community Engagement's mission is to foster collaborative partnerships with area school districts, community colleges, community organizations and area businesses to increase student diversity at UT Dallas, and to increase the visibility of the University among underrepresented minority populations in the region. The department hosts many college access programs to help first generation students and parents maneuver the college enrollment process and promote the benefits of higher education. The Department of Community Engagement also coordinates the Diversity Scholarship Program.
The Multicultural Center is committed to providing a variety of quality cultural programs, educational resources, leadership opportunities and support services that enhance the cultural and educational development of both undergraduate and graduate students at UT Dallas. We are proud to sponsor several cultural programs and events, and we are home to the Multicultural Peer Advocates, a group of students available to assist you while you are here at UT Dallas.
The Galerstein Gender Center provides an open door to a welcoming, supportive haven for students, staff and faculty. We provide meeting, reception and study space, and a lending library with gender-related books and videos. We also offer professional counseling services, provide student scholarships, internships, volunteer opportunities and organizational advising. In partnership and collaboration with campus departments, the community and corporate sponsors, we develop an annual calendar of programs and events designed to highlight gender issues, such as LGBTQ education, child care and parenting, diversity and mentoring, women's history and research, and the support and advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and math.