April 10, 2019

Dear UNT community,

At UNT, we accept and support everyone. We are a safe place for our students, and we celebrate each student's unique backgrounds, beliefs and dreams. Our caring nature is a defining university characteristic, and one I see UNT family members illustrate — and champion — daily.

This week, you may encounter campus visitors who express viewpoints that differ from yours. These individuals, part of a national street preachers conference, seek to engage with our students, faculty and staff emotionally while they practice their trade on the public city sidewalks on our campus. While we support every group's ability to voice their point of view, UNT does not always condone or support a group's message. In the past, our students have responded in a peaceful manner and promoted acceptance and love for all individuals.

If for any reason, you need support or wish to discuss your feelings, the Division of Student Affairs will host a Safe Space from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 in Union 386. Staff from the Office of Spiritual Life and other departments will be available to speak with you and make campus resource referrals, as needed. I am #UNTProud that you are a member of our Mean Green family. I hope you always feel at home here, regardless of who stands on the public city sidewalks or tries to challenge your beliefs. The UNT community is one that remains civil and treats everyone with respect and dignity.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
UNT President