Shani Barrax Moore (she/her/hers) is a strategic diversity and inclusion practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in training and development, strategic planning and change leadership, and coalition building. Shani currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton (a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex) where she leads a learning and development team, executes planning and delivery of the UNT Equity and Diversity Conference, manages employee resource groups and diversity and inclusion councils, and develops strategic partnerships for the university.
At both UNT and Tarrant County College District where she served as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, she led an institution-wide campus inclusion climate survey and strategic planning process leading to institutional diversity and inclusion infrastructure. She led similar initiatives as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cary Academy, a 6 – 12 independent school in North Carolina, which earned her membership on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent School’s Call to Action, the Association’s think tank for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Shani is a partner with Aurora Change Agency Collective, a consulting firm that provides diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic learning and development for corporate, non-profit, governmental, and educational entities. She serves on the boards of Child Care Group, North Texas Diversity Council, and the Social Action Committee of the Lambda Upsilon Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. A Cornell University Certified Diversity Advanced Practitioner and an Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator, Shani is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the mom of two teenage daughters. She was most recently a candidate for City Council in Carrollton, TX and is pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education administration.