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Staff Senate Newsletter • April 2, 2021


Call for Staff Senate Nominations

Nominations are open for the UNT Staff Senate! If you’d like to help advance the university’s mission, particularly on issues that impact you and your fellow UNT staff members, then consider nominating yourself or someone else* for this important role today.

Once elected, Senate members will hold a two-year term, represent a pool of staff constituents and serve as their voice to ensure that their needs are addressed.


  • Attend Monthly Meetings — Learn about current initiatives that may impact staff, report on the concerns of constituents and create legislation to improve the staff experience.
  • Communicate with Constituents — Share what they have learned about the university with their colleagues and regularly seek feedback regarding the issues they want the Senate to address.
  • Serve on at least one Staff Senate Committee — Each Senator serves on a committee, which are Bylaws and ElectionsPolicy and BenefitsCommunications and Public Relations, Staff Development, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. More information can be found on the Staff Senate website.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must be full or part time benefits-eligible staff employed by UNT for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • The following employee positions are excluded from serving as a Staff Senator:
    • President, Provost, Vice President/ Associate Vice President/ Assistant Vice President, Dean/ Associate Dean/ Assistant Dean, Teaching Fellow/ Teaching Assistant/ Research Assistant/ Graduate Student, Individuals in positions classified as student positions,  Faculty/lecturers/professional librarians/adjunct professors/special appointed faculty, Employees of the UNT System and its other member institutions.

Complete the nomination form today!

Nominations and Supervisor Approval Forms will be accepted through April 11.

Elections will be held April 23 — 29.

*Please note that a Supervisor Approval Form is required with each nomination. If you are nominating yourself, please submit a completed form with your nomination. A form will be requested from all other nominees if the nomination is accepted.

Cartoon sun shining on tomato and onion with white clouds and blue sky. "Opening Day" is in green text and in the sky. Saturday, April 3 9am-1pm. Historical Park of Denton County. 317 W. Mulberry Street. Presented by City of DentonDenton Community Market Opening Day

The Denton Community Market (317 W. Mulberry St. Denton, TX 76201) will open for its 12th year on April 3 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Local produce, food, artisan goods, and more will be available for purchase! Visit the website for more information.

Scrappy the Eagle on the ground with knees close to chest for #SafePlaceSelfieDay on April 7#SafePlaceSelfieDay

Finding your "safe place" from extreme weather is one of the most important preparedness actions to save your life from extreme weather. Help encourage others to find their safe place! On April 7, join UNT Emergency Management & Safety Services for #SafePlaceSelfie Day! How to participate:

1 - Learn the weather hazards that exist in your area

2 - Find locations that will keep you safe and take a selfie

3 - Share your photo on April 7th with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie and tag @MeanGreenReady

Join us for the Spring 2021 Campus Safety & Security Seminar. Friday, April 9th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Zoom ID: 847 5278 6059Campus Safety & Security Seminar

April 9th at 1:00 p.m., Emergency Management, Police, and Dean of Students will be collaborating to host the Spring 2021 Campus Safety & Security Seminar via Zoom. This program will offer valuable safety and preparedness information on a variety of topics including how to prepare for disasters, how to maintain personal safety, how to prepare for active threat events, how to support sexual assault survivors, how to support struggling UNT community members, and much more. The program is aimed at faculty, staff, and students alike, with information that applies to each audience. The information contained in this training can help you be safe anywhere you are.

Register for the seminar on UNT Bridge.

Spring Open House April 10-11, 2021. Denton capital in pink and red colors in blue circle with flowers against pink and white striped backgroundSpring Open House

The Spring Open House is back! Denton Main Street Association member merchants welcome you to downtown Denton for some spring shopping, dining and entertainment. Get out to enjoy the spring season, check out new merchandise, shopping deals, dining specials, time with friends and enter some giveaways here and there.

Each business will offer something special that weekend, so check out the details at Discover Denton or on the DMSA social media pages to stay up to date on what you can find during Spring Open House Weekend!

Hours at each location may vary, but most merchants are open April 10 — 11.

Texas Edges Lecture Series: Dr. Andrea Roberts

Join the 3rd annual Texas Edges Lecture Series on April 14 from noon — 1 p.m. This lecture features Dr. Andrea Roberts, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and an Associate Director of the Center for Housing & Urban Development at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Roberts will present her work with the project Texas Freedom Colonies: Black Settlement Preservation as Freedom-Seeking.

Registration is required at

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability to fully participate in this event, please contact Mark Phillips at Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the proper accommodations.

The Texas Edges Lecture Series is co-hosted by the UNT Libraries and the UNT Department of History, with funding provided by the Cathy N. Hartman Portal to Texas History Endowment. 

Do You Want to Affect Change At UNT? Campus Inclusion Climate Survey logo with yellow light bulb and red, orange, green, blue, purple and brown rays. Come share your perspective. #IncludeMeUNTCampus Inclusion Climate Survey Focus Groups

UNT wants to hear from YOU about your experiences to make UNT a more inclusive and caring community. As a follow up to the Campus Inclusion Climate Survey, focus groups facilitated by Diversity & Inclusion and members of the campus community will begin in the Spring of 2021 to address perceptions of institutional support for diversity, equity and inclusion and experiences with discrimination, harassment and bias. These focus groups will be conducted for the following faculty and staff groups: African American/Black (men and women), Hispanic/Latinx (Foreign-born and US-born), and White/Caucasian men. Learn how you can participate at


Photo of Cassie West with brown shoulder length hair, smiling while wearing green top and silver earrings in woodsStaff Success

Congratulations to Cassie West, Business Intelligence Analyst, who is this month’s Staff Success Stories award winner! We appreciate all you do, Cassie! Check out the UNT Staff Success website to learn more about this amazing staffer!

Do you know of a fellow staff member who embodies the caring, creative and resilient spirit that makes the UNT community so amazing? Nominate your colleague for recognition on the Staff Success website!



Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting will be held on April 13, 2021, at 3 p.m. 

For meeting agendas, minutes and recordings, please visit the Agendas and Minutes page

Contact Us!

If you have an article, announcement or suggestion relating to this newsletter, email Staff Senate to have it included.