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Staff Senate Newsletter • July 9, 2021


Special Election Results

Congratulations to our two newest senators, completing the team for the 2021-2023 term beginning September 1. Megan Henry is joining Mary Howard to represent Advancement, while Katie Herring will be the representative for Research & Innovation. We appreciate every nominee throughout this entire election cycle and look forward to the great work being done in the new academic year!

Soul Art Renewal: Photography, Poetry and Art. The background includes images of paintings, poems and photographySoul Art Renewal

The Soul Art Renewal is on July 10 from 1 – 7 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (400 E. Hickory St. Denton, TX 76201). The Soul Art Renewal celebration is a community event with live music, performances, poetry reading, art vendors, food, art activities for kids, and a community art project. While you take in all that the celebration has to offer, be sure to look through the Soul Art Renewal exhibition in all three galleries at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center. The exhibition celebrates artwork created during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic by Denton area artists. Artists share their individual responses to the pandemic through their artwork and offer an invitation to the Denton community to gather and share our collective experience. Admission is free for attendees.


Blind/Visually Impaired Training

The Office of Disability Access hosts trainings throughout the year focused on creating inclusive and accessible educational and campus environments for students who are blind or visually impaired. This training will include specific strategies for working with students with visual impairments, disability awareness information, and resources to assist you moving forward. 
To register, please click on the hyperlinked date for the session you would like to attend.
If you require reasonable accommodations or have any questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Stone at   

Training Dates (Please note: These trainings are all identical):

Denton Black Film Festival Institute Presents: Summer Bash. Friday, July 23 from 8 p.m. to midnightDenton Black Film Festival Institute Presents Summer Bash

The Denton Black Film Festival Institute Summer Bash will be on July 23 at 8 p.m. Rubber Gloves (411 E. Sycamore St., Denton, TX 76205) is proud to host the Denton Black Film Festival Institute Summer Bash, sponsored by NBC5 DFW. Come on out to downtown Denton to enjoy DJ Spin Mo, food trucks, short film screenings, dominos, spades, and more.



Human Resources Webinars

As we look ahead to a full university experience with our Mean Green Family this Fall, the UNT HR team has support for you with two live, internally led, webinars: “Leading Change for Supervisors,” set for July 27 at 10:30 a.m. and “How to Handle Change” on August 4 at 2:30 p.m. During each session, they will talk about preparing for upcoming change, and the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors that change can often bring. The supervisor session will also introduce tools and techniques to effectively supervise through change. Sign up for the webinars today!

Picture of the third IECB cohort. They all have on green shirts and are holding certificates of completion.Inclusion, Equity and Community Building Series

The sixth cohort of Inclusion, Equity, and Community Building (IECB) series will kick off in September 2021! This five module series will provide faculty, staff, and administrators an opportunity to comprehensively explore community building, cultural humility, bias awareness and identity development, microaggressions and inclusive language, anti-racism, privilege and allyship, and change leadership and apply these concepts to their policies, programs, practices, and people in their respective departments. This series aims to be flexible to the needs of our participants and current and pressing issues in our society and at UNT. Thus, each IECB provides a unique experience for participants. The series ends with action planning and guidance from Diversity & Inclusion to sustain inclusive excellence. Participants who complete all five modules of the series receive a certificate. The deadline to register is September 3, 2021 and space is limited. There is a 30-registrant cap with a waitlist. This series will be in-person with one module over Zoom. When joining the live Zoom session for only Module 3, please use a computer or a tablet with camera capabilities. Contact for any accommodations.

All modules are from 12:30 — 4:30 p.m. and will be conducted in-person with the exception of Module 3 which will be live via Zoom.

  • September 17, 2021: Module 1 (SSB 102)
  • September 24, 2021: Module 2 (SSB 102)
  • October 8, 2021: Module 3 (Zoom link will be provided)
  • October 22, 2021: Module 4 (SSB 102)
  • November 5, 2021: Module 5 (SSB 102)

Additional information about the IECB Series can be found on the website!

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting is July 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.