Shani Barrax Moore, CCDP/AP, is a strategic diversity and inclusion practitioner with 20 years of experience in training and development, strategic planning and change leadership, and inclusive programming and recruitment initiatives. After a career in public relations and marketing she began specializing in dialogue-based awareness programs and integrating inclusion initiatives into organizational branding strategy. Shani currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where she has overseen the campus cultural centers, leads a learning and development team, and develops strategic partnerships for the University. At both UNT and Tarrant County College District, her previous institution 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. She served as both an editor and contributor to the NAIS publication “Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner.” In higher education, Shani has also served as an academic advisor, tutor and adjunct instructor in business and leadership.
Shani also leads The Aurora Change Agency, a consulting group that develops individual and organizational capacity for entities to practice intentional inclusion and compliance, innovate and facilitate equitable programs and practices, and develop strategies for creating organizations where all its members and those they serve can be authentically engaged. A native of North Carolina, she received her bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Masters of Business Administration from Strayer University, and most recently became a Certified Diversity Advanced Practitioner through Cornell University. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of North Texas.