"The University Union enhances the educational process and builds community by providing an inclusive environment where individuals are valued through quality programs and support services."
The University Union values:
Being Student-Centered: We value student involvement, employment, and leadership opportunities that promote learning and personal growth beyond the classroom;
Being Service-Oriented: We value great customer service, overall quality, and adaptability;
Being Technology-Driven: We value technology and advancements that increase our efficiency in delivering programs and services;
Being Environmentally-Conscious: We value environmentally responsible practices and sustainable initiatives;
Being Diverse: We value individual uniqueness represented through race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, ability, national origin, religion, and thought; and
Being Ethical: We value integrity as demonstrated through honesty, civility, and fairness.
Role of the College Union:
According to the Association of College Unions International, "the union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.
The union is an integral part of the educational mission of the college.
As the center of the college community life, the union complements the academic experience through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance course work and free time as cooperative factors in education.
The union is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision-making. Through volunteering, its boards, committees, and student employment, the union offers first-hand experience in citizenship and educates students in leadership, social responsibility, and values.
In all its processes, the union encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. The union’s goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.
Traditionally considered the “hearthstone” of “living room” of the campus, today’s union is the gathering place of the college. The union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.
The union services as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity. The union fosters a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the college.
Adopted by the Association’s general membership in 1996, this statement is based on the Role of College Union’s statement, 1956.
Information provided by Association of College Unions International
Some facts about your University Union
Not only does the University Union host many campus services and dining options, it also accommodates space for student meetings and functions.
UNT's University Union was first formed as the Memorial Union, in honor of the men and women lost during wartime. The Memorial Wall, on level 2, currently pays tribute to our fellow Eagles who have served.
The first college unions were available only for men. As more women pursued higher education in the early 1900s, some colleges opened separate union facilities for them. UNT's union has always been open to all members of the UNT community.
UNT's student-led programming office, UPC, puts on more than 180 events and activities thanks largely to the suggestions made by UNT students.
The Union Gallery hosts a variety of student and community artists throughout each semester. It is a great free way to check out local art on your way to class.
Discounted tickets are available through the Information Desk on level 3 of the Union. Enjoy campus and DFW community-wide events and attractions for a fraction of the price!
More than 60 pieces of art are featured throughout the Union building. Spend a free moment browsing the unique examples of talent at UNT.