Institutional Diversity

Welcome to the Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives website.

The Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives (DIDI) has the responsibility to support and enhance the communication infrastructure within the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE). DIDI's website is designed to provide a forum to improve public awareness of UT Dallas' institutional diversity initiatives through various activities during the year such as the diversity lecture series, diversity awareness training and other diversity educational initiatives. It is our hope to create heightened awareness of UT Dallas diversity achievement among various stakeholders with an annual recognition program highlighting achievements of faculty, staff and students.

As a professional office here at UT Dallas, DIDI will strive to make constant improvements of the ODCE's marketing materials and website appearance to maintain a level of excellence as a valued member of the UT Dallas family.

Thanks for your support.

Rosie M. Peterson

Rosie M. Peterson, BS, PAHM
Director, Institutional Diversity Initiatives
Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road MP26
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: 972-883-4560
FAX: 972-883-4565
Email: [email protected]

Featured Articles

Dealing with death and grief in a diverse world

By Terry Howard, award-winning writer and senior associate with Diversity Wealth.

This week it was David Bowie last week it was Natalie Cole. And it seems that every year a number of news sources will publish a list consisting of "those we lost last year."

Now like so many others, I got an uneasy reminder of the reality of death in 2015 with the loss of my brother and, before that, vicariously through related stories of others.


Employee Networking Groups (ENG) Can Add Value to an Institution's Bottom Line

By Rosie M. Peterson, BS, PAHM, Director, Institutional Diversity Initiatives

Employee networking groups can be beneficial to the culture of an organization and its bottom line. Many of these groups often start because of an employee's need to network with other employees with similar interests and needs. Many of these groups quickly become a model of service to the institution in the area of recruitment of talent, morale boosting, retention and professional development. In addition to all of the aforementioned benefits for the institution, employee networking groups help to provide a positive image of the institution in the community.