The Creating UNiTy Award acknowledges the significant achievements of staff members who promote a positive, engaging culture and climate of respect and belonging, who value differences and find innovative ways to improve opportunities for the entire campus community. Up to three recipients may receive a one-time payment of $2,000 and a commemorative engraved gift, which is presented during the Staff Appreciation Luncheon during Staff Appreciation Month.


  • Nominee must be in a UNT retirement-eligible staff position for at least six consecutive months.
  • Nominee must hold a position lower than the level of Associate/Assistant Vice President.
  • Nominee may not have received any formal disciplinary action or performance improvement plan within the twelve months prior to the nomination date.
  • Nominee may not have received the award within the previous three years.


  • Nominee actively promotes engagement and connection, advocating for all individuals in the campus community to foster a sense of belonging.
  • Nominee unites campus communities and creates opportunities to reflect and connect on cultural differences and/or experiences.
  • Nominee facilitates knowledge sharing to help shape inclusive and accessible environments.
  • Nominee actively serves as a positive example to others by being respectful of differences and demonstrating a spirit of unity.
  • Nominee organizes fun, innovative or collaborative team building events and activities free from bias and discrimination that demonstrate UNT's mission, purpose and vision.