Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Commitments

The University has eight specific commitments to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UTA. The University has taken steps to fulfill those commitments and will be transparent and report regularly to our entire community on our progress toward these goals, as well as any additional strategies that are developed to further them.

1. Recruitment of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2. Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is co-chaired by Debra Woody and Michele Bobadilla, which includes diverse representation from student government, as well as faculty and staff from schools, colleges and divisions across campus. This committee will make recommendations to University leadership on ways UTA can create a more supportive and fairer environment for every member of our community. Committee Membership

3. Faculty and Staff Diversity

A University-wide talent management plan is being developed to enhance the recruiting, retention, and promotion of underrepresented faculty and staff. This effort is being led by Faculty Affairs in the Provost’s Office and Human Resources, with involvement from units across the University. This initiative will fall under the new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

4. Scholarship Opportunities

UTA has designated an additional $25 million in scholarships to address student diversity and especially the financial concerns of first-generation college students. These additional funds will support even more students from low-income families and those facing challenges in the wake of COVID-19.

5. Professional Development

A range of professional development opportunities is provided for the campus community. Informed by current research, educational experiences, and relevant issues affecting our communities. Our professional development offerings are built to ensure an environment that is welcoming and respectful for conversations around mutual respect and a supportive environment.

6. Student Courses


UTA offers two courses that are designed to teach academic success skills to the institution’s undergraduate students while preparing them to succeed and thrive alongside their fellow students in the increasingly diverse workforce.

7. UTA Police Department


The UTA Police Department is reviewing departmental policies to ensure they are aligned with the core values of our University, and free from unfairness and bias.

In addition to regularly planned ongoing training, UTA police officers will receive additional advanced training in diversity, racial profiling, as well as implicit bias and explicit bias during the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

8. Office for Cultural Engagement and Social Change

Office for Cultural Engagement and Social Change. This office is a catalyst for inclusive and equitable practices through intentional discussions, facilitation and student development. Their mission is to not only make UT Arlington a more equitable place but to prepare our students, staff and faculty to become social change agents that will make positive and inclusive impacts world-wide.

A University of Excellence

#3

for ethnic diversity

(U.S. News & World Report, 2022)

#1

In Texas for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to African American students

(Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2021)

HSI

Hispanic-Serving Institution

(Designation by the U.S. Department of Education)

Two UTA staff in conversation

Diversity Certificate Program

UT Arlington's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is launching a new Diversity Certificate Program available to all faculty and staff.

UTA News

News Releases

8 March 2022

A path forward

CAPPA combatting environmental racism, urban sprawl in historic Black communities