Equity and Diversity Awards

The Equity and Diversity Awards are presented on the basis of excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to enhance diversity and expand opportunities for students, staff, and/or faculty at the University of Utah. One award will be given in each of three categories:
  • Sustained contributions by University units, faculty or staff over many years
  • Contributions in the last year by University units, faculty or staff
  • Contributions by students
Recognition Luncheon The Equity and Diversity Awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 form 12:00-1:30 PM in the Varsity Room at Rice-Eccles Stadium Tower (level 6). Recipients must be present to accept the award.

 Congratulations to our 2016 Equity and Diversity Awards Winners!

Check out our past winners here!

Sustained Contributions by Staff/Faculty: Kathryn Coquemont

Kathryn currently serves as the Director of the Center for New Student and Family Programs, but her commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion have been evident from her arrival to campus in 2012. She has enacted policy and practical changes to reflect a focus on more equitable access to education and resources for incoming and current students, as well as for the staff on her team. Additionally, Kathryn mentors students to foster leadership, but also to ensure that they have every resource they need to be successful on our campus.

Contributions by a Student Group: Students for Choice

Students for Choice is a student organization that works in conjunction with ASUU, Gender Studies and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. Their main focus is to provide access to education around issues of reproductive justice to the campus community. Students for Choice provide intellectual stimulation and opportunities for engagement outside of class. The work they do is often met with opposition, but the students are steadfast in their commitment to education, and strategic about their leadership, providing access that would otherwise be absent from our campus.

Contributions by Students:Elizabeth Gamarra

Elizabeth is a transfer student in the College of Social Work. During her time here he has become an advocate, a bridge and a resource for other students making the transition to the U. She created and is the president of the student peer mentoring program Una Mano Amiga, which presents information to students and their families in ways that ensure access. Elizabeth is also the Student Program Director of the Asian Association Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center, where she can work to enhance resources for refugee families. Elizabeth is a driven, thoughtful and compassionate student with leadership qualities that will continue to create positive change for The U and the community.

Contributions by a Student Group: Students for Queer Arts, Resistance, and Education (SQuARE)

SQuARE is a student organization that has been in existence for approximately 3 years. The group organizes several events on and off campus. One of the larger events they organized this year was the Gender Liberation Summit, which directly enters into conversation with the tradition of Women’s Week, and is a contribution to making the campus more inclusive. SQuARE group is described as “an intellectual force, an inviting group, and perhaps the most inclusive and thoughtful student organizations on campus.”

MLK Youth Leadership Awards

The MLK Youth Leadership Awards are presented to students, grades 7 through 12, from across the State of Utah, honoring and celebrating their dedication to social action, positive change and building bridges among cultures and communities.