About Us

Mission Statement

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.

Focus Areas:

  • Develop the framework to highlight major institutional diversity achievements and concerns at UT Dallas

  • To identify funding from external sources to support new diversity programs, initiatives and projects

  • To improve public perception of diversity at UT Dallas and its institutional diversity initiatives

  • To create effective communication with the community inside and outside UT Dallas

  • To provide diversity training for UT Dallas employees

Initiatives/Programs

Diversity Scorecard
The Diversity Scorecard is a tool to help academic institutions assess the gaps in effectiveness and the progress toward achieving their diversity goals and objectives. It will assist the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE) to define strategic areas of focus, establish metrics and long-term goals of equity, and explore and monitor solutions to overcome barriers related to access, retention, institutional receptivity and education excellence.

Communications and Marketing
The goal of a strong communications program is to improve public awareness of UT Dallas through various activities in the ODCE throughout the year. The ODCE seeks to provide a forum for diversity and create a heightened awareness of UT Dallas' diversity achievement. OCDE strives to elevate and maintain its status as a professional organization through its marketing materials and website appearance.

Annual Diversity Awards
Each year, the ODCE honors UT Dallas faculty, staff, students and community partners for their commitment to diversity and inclusion at the annual Diversity Awards Ceremony. This ceremony was established to highlight the power of diversity and to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of the University’s diversity champions. The program annually draws a crowd of over 200 and serves as a year-end celebration of our collective contributions as a campus.

Diversity Lecture Series
The Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives (DIDI) — in collaboration with the Committee for Diversity and Equity, the Office of Human Resources Management, the Galerstein Gender Center, and the Multicultural Center — hosts a series of diversity lectures and seminars each year. The lectures serve to provide diversity education opportunities for faculty, students and staff as well as the community at large.

Employee Resource Groups
Employee resource groups at the University of Texas at Dallas were primarily established to support the University’s strategic plan and to make the University more competitive in the recruitment and retention of diverse, high quality faculty and staff. These groups also serve as a space for faculty and staff who share common interests and concerns to connect and work to address issues.

Advisory Committees

UT Dallas Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity
The Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity is a University-wide standing committee reporting directly to the president of The University of Texas at Dallas. The committee meets regularly to review and discuss issues that affect the institutional status, professional effectiveness and personal morale of women, minorities and members of other underrepresented groups in full and part-time faculty and staff positions.

UT Dallas Community Diversity Advisory Council
The Diversity Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Lennox International, BB&T Bank, GXA Networks, The Gatson Group, HEB, AT&T, Ericsson, Nordstrom, and other Dallas-area businesses. In support of the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement and the University’s goals and strategic initiatives, the members of the Council provide guidance through financial support, awareness and advocacy, and expertise in diversity and inclusion.

UT Dallas Student Diversity Advisory Council
The Student Diversity Advisory Council provides student feedback to the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. The council addresses elements of student diversity and concerns while recommending and enacting activities and programs to increase awareness and understanding of the diverse UT Dallas student body and beyond.

Staff

Jasmine Johnson

Program Coordinator

Jasmine is a UT Dallas Alumni with a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies where her focus was project management. She is the program coordinator for the ODCE, and she serves as the Staff Facilitator of the Student Diversity Advisory Council.