UNT Jazz and Gender Equity Initiative

Mission Statement: 

"The mission of the UNT Jazz and Gender Equity Initiative is to establish equity by empowering women and non-binary people within the jazz community. This organization will provide a safe space for open dialogue to students and faculty of all genders concerning inequality in jazz. The members of JGEI will have the ability to effectively navigate the collegiate and professional jazz world and honor the history of women and non-binary people in jazz at North Texas with the tools provided by this organization. JGEI will act as an agent for positive change in the community within the division of jazz studies.” 



The vision for this organization is to raise awareness of the lack of representation of disenfranchised groups. We will do this by: 

  • Organizing events that bring women and non-binary artists to UNT. 
  • Providing a mentorship program of strong role models for local high school jazz bands to discuss inequality in jazz at an early age. 
  • Holding weekly meetings that are largely discussion based that also include listening sessions, guest presentations and jam sessions. 
  • Highlighting past and present-day women and non-binary artists.