The purpose of the advisory council is to provide the students’ perspective, input and advice to the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. The council will address the elements of student diversity, concerns, activities and programs to increase awareness and understanding of each other, and to move beyond simple tolerance to embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
By strengthening partnerships with prominent community leaders, the Community Diversity Advisory Council provides the UT Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE) with an external voice, advice and assistance to ensure that the University's diversity goals are strongly aligned with, and supported by, the greater Dallas community. The Council offers input on the University's many diversity initiatives and fosters a broader perspective on diversity issues as they relate to specific communities and industries.
The Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners, including American Airlines, American Language Technologies, Andrews Kurth LLP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Communities Foundation of Texas, FedEx Office, Lennox International, Parkland Health & Hospital System, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Southwest Airlines and several Dallas-area chambers of commerce.
The Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity is a University-wide standing committee reporting directly to the President of The University of Texas at Dallas.
The committee meets regularly to review and discuss issues that affect the institutional status, professional effectiveness and personal morale of women, minorities and members of other underrepresented groups in full and part-time faculty and staff positions. To support its role in understanding and recommending policy with respect to these and related issues, the committee is empowered to carry out studies, conduct interviews and prepare reports. The committee meets with the president at the beginning and end of each academic year to receive special charges and reports from the administration and to convey to the administration ideas, concerns and advice from the committee that address the issues of eliminating institutional features which differentially and negatively affect women, minorities and members of other underrepresented groups. It is also within the purview of this committee to recommend the creation and initiation of actions and policies which would support the professional careers of these same individuals.