VP Message- Weekly Update May 18, 2020

Dear DSA team,

As we transition to the summer sessions, let us strive to serve our students to the best of our ability during this challenging time. Let us also show each other grace and kindness as we navigate our new normal.

Some updates:

  • All staff (including graduate assistants) need to complete their diversity training courses by Monday, June 1. The three courses are under your Required Trainings on the My Learning-Bridge. They are Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion, Communicating Across Cultures, and Unconscious Bias.
  • Back in March, we decided to curtail routine communications such as In the Know to clear channels for the most urgent emails. We feel now the time has come to resume regular production of In the Know Thursday, May 28. You will continue to hear from me directly when necessary.  
  • Please note we have adjusted the hours of our Parent and Family Hotline to Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It can be reached at 844-366-5892.


If you know of staff members who are going above and beyond during this time, please email student.affairs@unt.edu describing their effort. We want to highlight some of these examples as we discuss how we have come together as a caring campus community to respond to this health crisis.

  • Kudos to the Career Center full-time staff, graduate assistants, and student employees who made personal calls to over 3,800 graduating seniors to check on how they are doing and see if the Career Center can help them. They did this while still maintaining their regular schedule of appointments and workshop development. The project was led by Deidre Leslie and Roxy Verrelli, who helped organize the call assignments and filled in gaps to ensure that every graduate received a call during over the course of three weeks. As a result of the calls, quite a few students set up career coaching appointments for more assistance or were referred to other offices for support.
  • Kudos to Quinton Lane, community director, Russell Bouyer, community director, and Juan Loya, assistant community director, who all work in Kerr Hall. In early May, they hosted a mock graduation walk in the Kerr Hall lobby. Students were dressed in their cap and gown, with graduation music playing as they accepted their mock diploma. They found a meaningful way to honor our students who worked so hard to achieve their goals and I was deeply moved by this gesture, as was everyone else that participated in this celebration. People like Quinton, Russell, and Juan are the reason I know that during these dark and trying times, we, as a University and family, will prevail.

Thank you for all of your hard work!

Take care,

Elizabeth With Ed.D.