DEI Concentration & Council

Undergraduate students have multiple opportunities to engage with and learn about diversity, equity and inclusion

DEI Concentration

The College of Natural Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Concentration facilitates students' exploration of DEI concepts through coursework and opportunities to develop skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a diverse world.

Concentration learning outcomes related to DEI concepts include:

  • Developing a knowledge base
  • Facilitating self-awareness
  • Fostering critical thinking
  • Improving intercultural communication skills
  • Engaging in action-planning skills
  • Committing to ongoing learning

Comprised of coursework and events to promote dialogue and guide students through a variety of experiences aimed at exploring and expanding understanding of complex ideas and issue, this credential is not intended to indicate mastery in these areas but rather to demonstrate purposeful and thoughtful guided exploration and self-reflection around themes related to diversity and inclusion.

Check out a roadmap of the program

Meeting Key Requirements

Courses and event attendance over the span of four semesters meet the requirements of the concentration and other requirements at UT, such as:

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An application is required for entry into the concentration. 

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For more information about course options, concentration outcomes, alumni experiences and answers to your questions, please contact 

Black & Latinx Advocacy Council

The Black and Latinx Advocacy Council is especially for undergraduates and advises the college’s associate dean for undergraduate education about issues affecting student involvement and academic concerns for these populations. The council is committed to fostering a sense of belonging for historically underrepresented Latinx and Black students within the college, offering community-building and networking and supporting recruitment efforts in CNS.

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  • Networking: The Council aims to provide robust networking and mentoring opportunities for Latinx and Black students within the College of Natural Sciences, cultivated between peers within the college, as well as between current students and alumni.
  • Recruitment: Given continued underrepresentation of Latinx and Black students in the sciences, math and computing, Council members serve as important liaisons to prospective students.
  • Resources: The college has a variety of additional committees and resources to support students in engaging with diversity, equity and inclusion causes in the College of Natural Sciences. The Council works closely with many groups, as well. 

Student Leadership

Haley Brown and Destiny Afinni-Myles, BLAC Student Coordinators:

Additional Members

Ariana Ramos, Neuroscience

Briana Pottinger, Public Health

Marissa Marquez, Neuroscience

Miriam Pereira, Human Development and Family Sciences

Samantha Jackson, Neuroscience