HSC designated National Coalition Building Institute Campus Affiliate 


With support from leadership at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and HSC’s RISE Team, HSC has been designated a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Campus Affiliate. HSC joins only 32 other campuses, including Louisiana State University, Florida State University and Georgia Tech. Most notably, HSC is one of three medical schools/health science centers with a designation nationally. 

NCBI is a renowned international leadership organization that builds leadership for diversity resource teams and customized training in diversity, equity and inclusion skills on college campuses, community organizations, K-12 schools, corporations, government agencies and law enforcement worldwide. 

The United States Department of Education’s Gender Equity Expert Panel cited NCBI’s work on college campuses as a national “best practice,” awarding it the rating of “excellent” regarding educational significance, quality, usefulness and replicability. NCBI is also the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for outstanding international work on fighting racism. 

NCBI’s approach of combining emotional healing work with practical skill training enables participants to learn quickly in a safe environment that values individual initiative. Its approach to education on racism and bias is taught through humanity that aligns closely with HSC’s values-based culture. 

As a NCBI Campus Affiliate, HSC has the opportunity to lead an unlimited number of workshops for students, faculty and staff on campus; have access to NCBI resource materials and shared resources from “campus best practices” among NCBI campus team leaders; receive ongoing leadership assistance; and obtain strategies for integrating NCBI methodology into the educational mission of the institution. NCBI also will consult with HSC to encourage incorporation of these principles into coursework, as part of the recommendations following the Campus Cultural Assessment administered in spring 2021. 

To become a Campus Affiliate, President Michael Williams, Cabinet members and the Deans engaged in a Leadership Exposure Workshop. NCBI affiliate directors conducted a three-day Train-the-Trainer Seminar, where trainers learned about NCBI principles:  

  • Building Hopeful Environments to Welcome Diversity
  • Healing Ourselves to Change the World
  • Becoming Effective Allies
  • Empowering Leaders to Lead! 
  • Changing Hearts Through Stories
  • Skills Training Leads to Institutional Change 
  • Sustaining the Work Requires On-Going Support
  • Leaders Deserve to be Treated Well

Learning the principles, trainers are equipped to lead on-campus workshops on “Welcoming Diversity” and the NCBI “Controversial Issues Process.”

Currently, HSC has 15 trained team members, including the entire Employee Relations Team. Furthermore, HSC has plans to host an additional Train-the-Trainer Seminar in the spring.

Recent News

Ashenafi 768x768
  • Our People
|Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Ashenafi Cherkos awarded prestigious AIM-AHEAD Fellowship in Leadership

Dr. Ashenafi Cherkos, assistant professor at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, has been awarded the prestigious AIM-AHEAD Fellowship in Leadership for the Fall 2023 cohort. Cherkos serves in the School of Public Health’s Department of Population and Community Healt...
  • On Campus
|Sep 20, 2023

Innovate Fort Worth podcast: DJ Perera of New Age Media New Age Learning program

Innovate Fort Worth, the local podcast showcasing local innovation and its dynamic creators, recently featured DJ Perera, a trailblazing artist and educator. Hosted by Cameron Cushman of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the podcast episode delves into the intersecti...
Darlene Watkins
  • On Campus
|Sep 20, 2023

HSC student advocates for falls prevention awareness in Tarrant County

Darlene Watkins has dedicated her life to creating healthier and sustainable communities. Her background in interdisciplinary design led her to work with various community organizations from Atlanta to California, but it was her passion for educating aging populations that fueled her desire to wo...
Glenn Forister
  • On Campus
|Sep 19, 2023

HSC’s School of Health Professions to host Health Professions Workforce Symposium

Modern medicine is a team sport, and roughly 60% of that team is composed of practitioners who exist outside of the doctor-nurse paradigm. These vital pillars make up the backbone of the $3 trillion health care sector, and they’re among the fastest-growing professions in the world. From 5 to 8 p....