To advance important dialogues about race, police relations, educational equity and creating lasting social change with students, faculty, staff and community members, the University of North Texas at Dallas will host a four-part virtual speaker series called UNT Dallas Responds: Coping, Changing, Community and Growth.
The series will debut on Wednesday, June 10 at 3 p.m. The livestream speaker events will feature a panel of UNT Dallas faculty, staff, students and in some cases community partners, discussing a central theme and answering questions submitted from the online audience. UNT Dallas encourages the public to join and participate in the four speaker events. A link to the livestreams will be available at https://www.untdallas.edu/speaker-series. The schedule is as follows:
Coping: How to Channel Pain, Anger & Frustration into Promise
Wednesday, June 10, 3 p.m.
Changing the Narrative: A Multi-Generational Approach
Friday, June 12, 1 p.m.
The Community & Policing
Wednesday, June 17, 2 p.m.
How values of Education & Enlightenment Can Lead to Lasting Change
Thursday, June 18, 2 p.m.
“We are a caring and diverse community,” UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said. “We are also a hopeful and a determined community committed to bringing about true and lasting cultural change. This important speaker series will provide a public platform for open and meaningful dialogue that can be used to create the kind of definitive actions needed to empower our students and university community, and strengthen our local neighborhoods.”
Proudly located in southern Dallas, UNT Dallas is home to more than 4,000 students, most coming from urban Dallas households. The university boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the United States, and is distinguished as a Minority Serving Institution.
The senseless deaths of countless men and women of color now and over time cause deep hurt, pain and anger in the UNT Dallas community and the many neighborhoods with which the university is deeply involved.
“Our students are courageous, ambitious and determined to live, work and participate in a country free of prejudice and hate,” Mong said. “At a time when many find it hard to feel hopeful, we are a community determined to drive change, knowing that our students will be the generation that will create a truly equitable and just society for all.”