A Comprehensive List of Union Resources

It’s that time of year again, folks. Our campus is full of scurrying feet, determined faces, and nosey squirrels. The 2018-2019 school year has officially begun and we are so happy about it. The breaks can be kind of lonely.

All summer long we hustled and hustled hard in preparation for the Fall. We brainstormed, planned, and prepped in hopes of continuing to evoke the Mean Green spirit. At the Union, we prioritize cultivating an environment that welcomes everyone in. We want people of all races, genders, sexualities, ages, and abilities to feel at home. To us, the Union is more than just a building, it is the living room of campus. The Union is a space where all people belong. This is our mission. This is our pride. The Union and its partners are here to support and serve you.

We work diligently to ensure that we can fulfill the needs and expectations of our community, not to brag, but to uplift. That being said, we have a plethora of resources and opportunities available that we want students to know about and utilize. We met with some of our partners and asked them to provide us with information about the specifics of their roles and resources.  We compiled all of that gold into a comprehensive list, so you know where and how to receive the support.

 

Substance Abuse Resource Center (SARC)

“The main thing about substance use education is that there really is none. Its mostly just scare tactics and a do what I say because I say so mentality. One of the main things that are different about SARC is that we look at tons and tons of research, make sure that the research is sound, and then share it.”

“We provide support for students who are in recovery, who don’t drink, who do drink, who just have questions even about drugs. If they don’t use drugs and they’re curious or if they do, we have kind of belief system of just having an educated responsibility and decision to do what you want to do. We provide support and talks to individuals and student organizations.”

“There is a lot of exposure to drinking when you come to college. At SARC, we believe it’s important to know the risks and what exactly happens when you drink and be prepared. There are a lot of risks that affect women specifically. Research came out that if you drink while on birth control, then your birth control is significantly less effective. A lot of women don’t know that. In Denton, a DUI costs about $17,000 to get out of that. It is important to know what you’re getting into. A lot of these things aren’t talked about. We are a free campus resource if you did get in trouble or you need to fulfill some sort of requirement. Or if you’re not in trouble, but think you are drinking too much, then we are here for you. This issue can be hard to talk to people about but, it’s important for students to have someone to talk to who provides a safe and healthy environment.”

Services SARC offers:

  • Psychoeducation for students dealing with substance dependency or violations
  • Support for students in recovery
  • Assistance to alcohol-free students and students who are looking to cut back
  • A walk-in resource room with books, brochures, and realistic alcohol and other drug information
  • Scheduling presentations for residence halls, classrooms or student organizations
  • Host responsibility training
  • Tailored drug and alcohol education
  • Co-sponsorship opportunities, with organizations or with special events planned by this office

Contact information:

http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/substance-abuse-resource-center

Union, Suite 376

940.565.3177

sarc@unt.edu

 

The Pride Alliance

“The Pride Alliance is the gender and sexuality resource center. We do three main things, events and programming, advocacy, and training. Our events and programs are crafted for people to build community. One example is Fall Ball which is a queer and trans homecoming celebration.  A lot of people have really negative experiences with homecoming in high school because they were not allowed to wear want they want or go with who they want, so we provide a do-over for that experience. We also have Trans Day of Visibility where we celebrate trans identities and the revolution of their visibility. We also facilitate educational programs as well which encourages people to deeply explore their own identity and the identity of others. We also do individual and institutional advocacy, so if a student is coming in and experiencing bias, then we can connect them to resources. We advocate for trans students in larger systems outside of the university. For instance, we set up meetings to discuss health care and how to get the care that they need.  In regards to institutional advocacy, we work with other offices to make university policies make inclusive to queer and trans students, The last thing that we do besides programming and advocacy, is training. We provide training for various campus offices, student groups, pretty much anybody that requests us we try to make an effort to accommodate. Our training focuses on power, privilege, oppression, and bias.”

“If a student goes through their whole undergraduate experience only exploring what they are finding through classes, then they can have a fine experience, but undergraduate studies are such an important time to get clarity on who you are and what you want out of your life, career, and education. At the Pride Alliance, we create space for people to more deeply explore themselves and others. There is a really great quote by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she says “The danger of stereotypes is not that they are untrue, it is that they are incomplete.” There is a lot of national conversation about this, why we need more diversity of thought. It is important for people to hear more stories, real stories not just academic articles, of people who are different from them. Seeing the humanity of people’s stories is such a powerful tool for change and liberation.”

“I remember being the student that I frequently see who walks back and forth outside of the door and pretends to be lost until I ask them something, and then they come in. I know that it’s scary and I know that it will stop being scary if they get the help that they need. Most times that help is just community and finally seeing themselves in someone else. I would say do what you need to do. Find someone on campus who will go in with you. Make an appointment with me, so you have a reason to show up. All of those things are normal. There are plenty of reasons to be scared, but we are a great partner in helping people figure out how to conquer the scary thing.”

Services the Pride Alliance offers: 

  • Menstrual resources (Pads & Tampons)
  • OUTfits clothing closet
  • Safe space for students, faculty, and staff
  • Safer sex resources (external/internal/finger condoms & lubrication)
  • Student organization advising
  • Training on diversity & inclusion, gender identity, and sexuality

Contact information:

https://edo.unt.edu/pride-alliance

pridealliance@unt.edu

Union, Suite 372

940.565.2589

 

The Multicultural Center

“The Multicultural Center’s approach to around some of the UNT Community’s identity is the ABC’s of identity. A – Affirming a student’s identity; B – Building a community around them; C – Cultivating them as a leader. When we can affirm the many identities beyond just race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, but also considering things like disability, citizenship status, so on and so forth, then we really allow students to thrive on campus and find spaces where they feel affirmed and challenged in their beliefs. Be able to share and provide awareness for others while they’re here.”

“There are a couple of things that we encourage all incoming freshman and transfer students to engage with. One of them is the FLY Peer Ambassador Program. Through this program, we connect incoming freshman and transfer students with upperclassmen based off of personal identity, professional or academic interests. We host events and programs for them to attend throughout the year. Ultimately, we just want to make sure that they have one person outside of their peer group that is able to answer questions kind of like a built-in guide or friend. We hope students want that. FLY Peer Ambassadors will be able to answer things like questions regarding doctor appointments or financial aid, but also identify specific questions like the whereabouts of certain supermarkets or hair salon.”

“We also provide a community that serves our men and masculine identities of color and challenges them academically, socially, and professionally. We host a number of opportunities for our faculty and staff to engage our men of color to build communities around themselves. We host heritage month celebrations for every major identity group on campus starting with Hispanic Heritage Month in September, Native American Heritage Month in November, and even to the Spring with Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.”

Services the Multicultural Center offers: 

  • Ethnic studies library
  • Student organization advising
  • Cultural programming
  • Free printing, copying, and faxing services
  • Free computer usage
  • Free conference room usage for meetings and/or study groups
  • Diversity training

Contact information:

https://edo.unt.edu/multicultural-center

multicultural@unt.edu

Union, Suite 335

940.565.3424

 

We Mean Green Fund

“If you are passionate about environmental sustainability, then the We Mean Green Fund is for you! Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to make our campus even greener by proposing project ideas to help reduce UNT’s impact on the environment. The UNT community can bring their environmental sustainability project ideas forward to the We Mean Green Fund Committee for approval of funding based on the level of student impact among other things like feasibility of project implementation. The We Mean Green Fund Committee is a student-majority committee that has the large responsibility of evaluating proposals for allocation of funding. Participating in the committee is an excellent opportunity for students to develop professionally, engage with the UNT community, and make campus-wide impacts.

One of the projects that were funded by the We Mean Green Fund is the UNT Community Garden. The garden currently features twenty raised plots for community members to grow and harvest organic food. Students, faculty, and staff can become garden members and take initiative to manage a garden plot with others and harvest the food they grow – all free of cost. Many garden members contribute their produce to the UNT food pantry, another fantastic resource for students. Like many of the We Mean Green Fund sponsored projects, the garden is managed by a dedicated student facilitator.

Students are encouraged to apply to the We Mean Green Fund Committee and develop proposal ideas to increase the environmental sustainability of UNT through the We Mean Green Fund. The fund is brought to us by the students of UNT through an environmental service student fee.”  

Services the We Mean Green Fund offers:

  • We Mean Green Fund committee
  • UNT Community Garden
  • Solar trailer
  • Bike theft prevention
  • Bee Campus USA

Contact information:

http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/sustainable

wemeangreen@unt.edu

Union, Suite 376J

 

Student Legal Services

“Our office is Student Legal Services. We have two licensed attorneys and we provide free legal advice and counsel to all of our students regarding whatever their legal issues may be. They can call the office and schedule an appointment. We have walk-in hours on Thursdays from 8:30-Noon or 1-3:30. All of our services are free.  We also provide notary services. Legal issues can distract them from their studies and it’s important for them to be aware of free legal support.”

Services the Student Legal Services offers:

  • Write letters
  • Draft legal documents
  • Counsel, advise, and/or represent students
  • Attempt to resolve legal problems

Contact information:

http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/student-legal-services

studentlegal@unt.edu

Union, Suite 411

940.565.2614

 

Dean of Students

“The Dean of Students Office is here to assist students with any challenges or obstacles they might face during their time at UNT. We can help students with absence verification, connecting students to on campus and off campus resources, we provide survivor advocacy services. We connect students to mental health resources. We’re here to help. We know that college can be challenging and we want to be able to help them in any way that we can so they can reach their goals.”

https://deanofstudents.unt.edu/

deanofstudents@unt.edu

Union, Suite 409

940.565.2648

 

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association offers a multitude of services. One of them is the Raupe Travel Grant which is a reimbursement program that is set up to assist students with travel for conferences or anything to enhance their academic, professional, or personal needs while on campus. We also have the Eagle’s Nest Allocation which is a way for student organizations to apply and get money to program events that benefit our university community. The ways to get involved – We currently have our SGA interest from out so the president will place people on university committees. We also have our student senate, so when seats become available, then students can apply for those seats. We also have our freshman intern program which is one of the ways for first-year transfers and freshman students to get involved and connected to our resources. Our intern director has an entire program set up for the entire year to not only help students get accommodated to the university, but accommodated to their leadership, learning, and loving styles. We’re the resource that is the catch-all for our campus. Our big thing is we’re for students, by students. We find ways to connect students, not only to our campus resources but connect themselves to themselves.

Involvement is one of the easiest ways that you can start to learn about yourself and your truth and learn how to stand and operate in that. Student organizations connect you with people that you necessarily wouldn’t connect with or you haven’t connected with in the past. It’s a way to get know people that are on different spectrums than you, that identify in different ways than you and it puts you in an environment where you guys have to work together to find the best solution for your organization and for our campus. Involvement on campus can really translate to involvement in life. For example in SGA, one of our big things is we want to help mobilize students to fight for the campus community they want, so the hope is that when they get into the actual workforce and they graduate, they are used to mobilizing, they’re to being engaged, they’re used to political activism, they’re used to advocate for themselves and the communities they represent. That is our hope with SGA, that we are able to help students understand that life is a lot bigger than the University of North Texas. If we do our jobs right, then we’ll have a very engaged student population and then they’ll go out to be an engaged citizen.

Services the Student Government Association offers: 

  • Raupe Travel Grant
  • Eagle’s Nest Funding
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
  • Representation and advocacy for UNT student body

Contact information:

http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/org/student-government-association

sga@unt.edu

Union, Suite 344

940.565.3850

 

Center for Leadership & Service

“We develop students who will become active participants in the learning process, and in turn will understand the value of service, leadership, and civic engagement. Our office creates an inclusive community on campus by establishing connections and encouraging collaboration to empower student leaders to solve complex problems together. We invite you to explore our programs and learn how you can become a fully engaged student at UNT.”

Programs the Center for Leadership & Service offers:

  • Alternative Service Breaks
  • Adopt-A-Block
  • All for NT/NT for All
  • Community Partners
  • Donation Bins
  • Eaglethon
  • Emerging Leader Series
  • Greek Emerging Leaders
  • LeaderShape
  • Leadership Studies Certificate
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Project VolUNTeer
  • UNT Serves

Contact information:

http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/center-for-leadership-and-service

leadandserve@unt.edu

Union, Suite 345

940.565.3021