Thursday, June 18, 2020
Celebrate Juneteenth! The History of Juneteenth, Race, and the Current Events. Thursday, June 18, 2 p.m., Facebook Live,, with Dr. Pamela Safisha Hill, adjunct professor of social work, faculty affiliate UTA Center for African American Studies.

Celebrate Juneteenth with two events

Pamela Safisha Hill, adjunct professor of social work and faculty affiliate with the Center for African American Studies, will lead a discussion, “The History of Juneteenth, Race & Current Events,” at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, June 18, at Time permitting, there will be a question-and-answer session.

Multicultural Affairs will host “Juneteenth—A Celebration of Freedom” on Teams Live at 6 p.m. today. Join a discussion about the meaning of Juneteenth and celebrate it by painting the Juneteenth flag. Painting supplies can be picked up until 6 p.m. in Suite B120 in the University Center. For the Teams Live link, email

Staff survey on return to campus

As UTA plans for the safe resumption of on-campus operations while implementing health and safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the University is seeking input on issues and challenges facing staff members. Please check your inbox for an email from Margaret Ann Jackymack of the Fall Academic and Course Planning Task Force for a link to participate in this survey, which closes on Friday, June 19.

Virtual town hall addresses racism

Nearly 600 members of the UTA community participated in a virtual town hall discussing systemic change to make UTA a more equitable place for black students, staff, and faculty.

Student leaders, faculty, and staff facilitated breakout discussions. UTA student body President Blaize LaFleur, a junior political science major, said all students, faculty, and staff must feel safe and included on campus.

Jessica Khazem (left) and Mya Lewis

Pair earn prestigious postgrad placements

Jessica Khazem and Mya Lewis, members of the student staff in Special Collections at UTA Libraries, have received prestigious postgraduation placements this summer at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the Smithsonian Institution, respectively.

Sierra Lee

Pre-med graduate has heart for service

Sierra Lee (’20 BS, Microbiology), a volunteer coordinator for the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, won the 2019-20 Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Community Award from the UTA Office of Student Organizations.

Fall planning: Listening sessions

The Fall Academic and Course Planning Task Force is developing an academic plan for the upcoming term. Please plan to join the task force to hear updates, ask questions and offer feedback for us to move forward together.

The sessions will be recorded.

SAC staff conference

Registration is open for the Staff Conference Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16, via Teams. One-hour virtual sessions are offered at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. All employees are welcome to attend.

Sign up for Naturally Slim

It’s the perfect time to get and stay healthy—physically and mentally—with Naturally Slim, a free program via your UTA benefits. Register by Friday, June 19. The program starts Monday, July 6.

Creative Escapes

Creative Escapes offers a session on "Design and Place Making of Buildings and Landscapes" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. Register online for this and other seminars featuring UTA faculty, research, and programs.

Mavs DataVerse info sessions

Learn about Mavs DataVerse, UTA Libraries' research depository, at info sessions Thursday, June 25, and Friday, July 10.

Food waste survey

Take a survey on food waste and sustainable dining on the UTA campus. The survey is by the Office of Sustainability.

Teams Video Chat Updates

Teams updates coming soon

Soon, Microsoft Teams will offer a large gallery option (up to 49 tiles) for video chats and a pop-out window for meetings that allows you to use the primary Teams' window for other collaboration functions.

GradCap Winners

#ForeverMavericks GradCap winners

Winners of the #ForeverMavericksGradCap contest for graduating students are Alondra De Leon Trejo, first place, center; April Brown, second place, left; and Leticia Duarte, third place, right. See more Maverick caps.

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