The University of North Texas at Dallas held its 7th Annual Community Engagement Day on November 11th, with 150 non-profit organizations attending. Those who attended learned about the resources that are available to them, including UNT Dallas students and groups who aim to get involved in community initiatives.

Facilitating community connectedness through events like this and working with non-profit organizations is a key part of the UNT Dallas mission of strengthening our surrounding communities through service. Many students attended the session and applied for internships with the organizations.   

The guest speaker at the event was Dr. June Holley from Ohio, who discussed how “Network Weaving” transforms communities through relationships and resources in an engaging talk.

“It was an energizing and galvanizing discussion, and we were all grateful that she was here,” said Dr. Constance Lacy, Dean of the UNT Dallas School of Human Services. “We focused on the collaboration and networking, and we all departed with new ideas and more meaningful connections just by spending this time together. This was a very productive planning session as we move forward.”

One example of future plans includes starting in January, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, State Fair of Texas and UNT Dallas will take 10 non-profit agencies through a course that covers such topics such as asset-based community development, program development, financial management, fund development, theory of change, advocacy, board governance and volunteer management, among others.