First Year Diversity Scholars

Program Contact: Rudy Medina

First Year Coordinator & • 801-585-1538

First Year Diversity Scholars is a First-Year Seminar that has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments and retention rates. The First Year Diversity Scholars Program supports students through a personalized campus orientation, regular interactions with faculty and staff of color, academic advising, multiple mentoring relationships, and off-campus community engagement opportunities. Most notably, the program is implemented as a cohort model that includes traditional admitted students, sponsored students, and scholarship students.

Transfer Diversity Scholars

Program Contact: Paul Fisk

Transfer Coordinator & • 801-581-3328

The Transfer Diversity Scholars Program helps diverse students with successfully transferring to and navigating the U of U. We provide services, resources, and community to help accomplish your goals and further your education.


Program Contact: Portia Anderson

Retention Coordinator & • 801-587-9569

The Leaders of Resilience, Diversity and Excellence (LORDE) Scholars program is named after the great author, scholar of color, and activist for social justice and LGBTQ rights – Audre Lorde. The program connects students to resources and opportunities across campus while building students up to be successful academically and allows students to increase their leadership development, be mentored, and have space to have critical dialogues about things that matter to people from historically underrepresented backgrounds and identities.

Parent and Family

Program Contact: David (Tevita) Kinikini

Family Support Coordinator & • 801-581-8151

The Office for Student Equity and Diversity (SED) values our parent and family members and the role they play in the lives of their students. The Parent & Family Partnership (PFP) in the Office for Student Equity & Diversity (SED) offer ways for parents and family members to stay informed and connected to the University of Utah community and their students. The SED Parents and Families Partnership (PFP) stays connected by organizing family campus visits, monthly email newsletters and web updates to keep parents informed. We offer resources for you to understand your student’s experience at different stages in his or her collegiate career. To do this, we communicate regularly with families via our helpline, emails, digital newsletters, Facebook and website.

Supported Programs

Faculty Hiring Initiative

The Office for Equity and Diversity is proud to be part of this initiative to increase the number of diverse faculty on campus. Read the U’s “Strategies to Increase Faculty Diversity Guiding Principles and Processes” here.

DREAMers & DACA Scholars

We understand entering college can be confusing, and helping students is our highest priority at the Office for Student Equity and Diversity. This page is designed specifically to assist students who identify themselves as DREAMers, or have recently been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. With information on how to access educational resources, find support and allies on campus, and navigate U of U procedures, we hope this webpage helps you, and your family, feel welcome and be successful in your educational pursuits.