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Staff Senate Newsletter • March 19, 2021


Join Racial Reconciliation Dialogue Series: Unlikely Allies in the Academy. Pre-registration is required, begins summer 2021, all virtual! Screenshot of Summer 2020 cohort of participants on Zoom call with each tile showing their individual facesJoin the Next Unlikely Allies Series Cohort

The fourth cohort of the Unlikely Allies Series starts Summer 2021! In order to participate, you are required to engage with the Unlikely Allies in the Academy informational session video through UNT Bridge, which is 90-minutes and pre-recorded. You will then have the option to sign up for a live Q&A session with the facilitators and previous participants on March 24 or April 13. For urgent questions, contact



UNT World Town Hall Logo with green and gray speech bubblesUNT World Town Hall

Due to scheduling conflicts created by February’s winter storms, Chancellor Roe’s Quarterly UNT World Town Hall will now take place on March 29 at 1 p.m.

As always, the UNT World Town Hall is open to all faculty and staff from across UNT World and will be webcast live and archived at

This month, Chancellor Roe will be joined by UNT System Vice Chancellors Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes (Chief Human Capital Officer), Chris McCoy (Chief Information Officer) and Jack Morton (Government Relations). UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss will moderate the Q&A.

The Town Hall will be held virtually via Zoom and will be streamed lived (and later archived) at If you have specific work-related questions you would like the panel to address, please email

Division of Student Affairs New Professionals Virtual Coffee Hour

Are you a student affairs professional with less than three years of experience? Join the new professionals to meet up for a virtual coffee chat and get to know your colleagues. The first virtual coffee hour will be held on March 30 from 8:15 a.m. 9 a.m. Email to sign up!

The next two virtual coffee hours will be on April 21 and May 13 from 8:15 a.m. 9 a.m.

Green and white OLLI Logo - OLLI: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North TexasCourse Proposals

If you are a subject expert who would like to teach a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNT, now is your chance. OLLI is seeking course proposals through April 5 for its Summer 2021 Virtual Semester, offered on Zoom to lifelong learners age 50 and over, during business hours on weekdays in June and July. They welcome proposals on all subjects, presented in one 90-minute session or a series of up to four sessions, and no tests or grades are involved. Faculty, staff and graduate students who teach for OLLI receive a letter of appreciation.


Good to Great: Building UNT World - Administrative Professionals Conference. Gray brick background with black scaffold and plow next to green roofAdministrative Professionals Conference

Join the first Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) on April 14 & 15, 2021. Let’s celebrate YOU!

This event was created to provide administrative professionals with the opportunity for professional development specifically for them. These topics will provide tools for administrative professionals to use in their everyday tasks. And best yet - the cost is FREE!

The conference will include training on leadership, emotional intelligence, and the multi-generational workplace.

  • Learn how to increase your productivity
  • Increase leadership capability
  • Gain a wealth of new strategies, skills, and solutions to use right away
  • Recharge your batteries and reward yourself
  • Prizes!

Register for Day One: April 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

Register for Day Two: April 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The conference will be held via the Zoom Webinar platform. You can register for both days or just one, depending on your scheduling needs.

Campus Inclusion Climate Survey - Awareness, Engagement, Action. Yellow light bulb with beams of yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple and brown.Campus Climate Survey Presentation

Staff Senate’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee recently hosted a learning session for Staff Appreciation Month, presented by Shani Barrax Moore. The presentation focused on an institutional-wide campus inclusion climate survey, which helped the university understand our baseline for cultural competence towards humility. Through this data we can institutionalize diversity, equity, and inclusion through UNT’s policies, programs, practices and people, learning how we can actively be part of creating a more inclusive and equitable community. View the recording for highlights! Stay tuned for future At Home Academy workshops, so that you may take part in the full presentations.


Picture of Staff Senator Julie Elliott. Julie is smiling and has shoulder-length brown hair with a silver earrings and black long-sleeve shirt against a green backgroundStaff Senate Spotlight

Julie Elliott

Emergency Management Coordinator, Risk Management Services

Learn more about Julie!



Picture of Captain Jeremy Polk at graduation. Jeremy is standing in front of a podium with a U.S. and UNT flag in the back. Jeremy has glasses, a face mask, blue shirt with dark-colored tie and is holding a black with pictures of other graduatesCapt. Jeremy Polk’s Graduation

UNT Police Department Capt. Jeremy Polk recently graduated from the Leadership Command College, one of the nation’s premiere law enforcement management programs. This is an elite program that offers training in best practices and only accepts a few dozen officers each year. Training that encompasses personal and professional growth, and supports communication and other interpersonal skills is important to the UNT Police Department. Their community-policing focus and dual accreditation require a constant focus on training, which is also a key component in expanding their skills to best serve the UNT community.


Perkspot logo. Perk is gray with a white background, and spot is white with a blue circular backgroundPerkspot

PerkSpot keeps employees smiling through exclusive discounts and perks. PerkSpot provides savings for multiple categories such as automotive, beauty and fragrance, books and media, cell phones, computers and electronics, financial and life services, health and wellness, home services, sports and outdoors, tickets and travel. Not a PerkSpot member? Create your account today!

Curative Testing Hours Expanding

The free COVID-19 testing offered through Curative, Inc., in the University Union ( and the Gateway Center ( will be available through 7 p.m. The new hours will be 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday at both sites, with the Union location also open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 – 7 p.m. Sundays. Testing continues through WellHealth at the Union Circle Garage, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays. When registering (, include the group code “UNT” to allow positive test results to be sent directly to UNT’s COVID response team. The Student Health and Wellness Center also continues asymptomatic testing. Check their site for the latest schedule, which includes pop-up locations around campus.

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!

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