UNT is a caring and inclusive community

Nov. 11, 2016

Dear UNT students, faculty and staff members,

Thank you for coming together this week to openly, respectfully and peacefully discuss your feelings and thoughts about the outcome of the Presidential election and its possible implications for our nation at home and abroad. 

Our campus community, like our nation, holds many points of view about what is good and right for our country, and I am encouraged by the way our community has responded to one another with discourse that reflects intellect, empathy and understanding. As a university, we promote the exploration of different points of view and the exchange of opinions as part of the educational process.

In the days ahead, as we seek a deeper understanding of the complex situations that may face the members of our university community, even the university itself, we need to continue to have respectful dialogue, even if it may be uncomfortable. This is how we build an honest, caring and inclusive community.

Please remember that we have many resources available to help:

  • Students may receive free counseling through the university’s Counseling and Testing Services, (940) 565-2741.
  • Faculty and staff have access to free short-term counseling services through the university’s Employee Assistance Program, 1-800-343-3822.
  • An additional resource is UNT’s CARE Team, which works to help protect the health, safety and welfare of UNT students and the members of the UNT community. You can reach out to the CARE Team by calling (940) 565-4373 or emailing careteam@unt.edu.

And, as always, if anyone feels unsafe please call the UNT Police at (940) 565-3000 or dial 911 for assistance. UNT has 45 emergency phones throughout campus that connect directly to the police department.

For more than 125 years, our university has served Texas and our nation by preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world. As we continue to progress, let’s keep in sight the values that have shaped us throughout our history.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk