Program Contact

Rudy Medina

Interim Director of Diversity Scholars Program
Union 235
801-585-1538
rudy.medina@utah.edu

Program Requirements

  • Monthly one-on-one advising meetings with an assigned Academic Advisor to track student progress and ensure success.
  • Meet regularly with an assigned Peer Mentor.
  • Attend Diversity Scholars Convocation on Friday, August 21, 2015.
  • Enroll and participate in two mandatory courses associated with the program: Ethnic Studies 2500 (Fall) & Ethnic Studies 3730 (Spring)
  • Enroll and participate in a three class block schedule associated with the program fall semester (optional)
  • Participate in a year-long service learning experience associated with the program.
  • Meet regularly with faculty associated with the program.
  • Complete a bi-weekly study journal (5 hours minimum).
  • Access to scheduled tutoring (optional)
  • Attend at least one free Student Equity and Diversity seminar each semester (Fall & Spring)

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Sponsored Student Program

If you have been denied admissions to University of Utah, you are allowed to appeal this decision and request sponsorship from a participating department. You can request sponsorship from up to three Sponsoring Departments and your selection should be based on a whether or not the program, major, or department is a good fit for you. The Office of Admissions then collaborates with the selected Sponsoring Departments to determine if sponsorship is an appropriate option for you at this time.

Sponsored students are those students admitted under the University’s 5% policy which allows for 5% of any incoming class to be comprised of students who do not meet the initial admission criteria. The Diversity Scholars program seeks to sponsor such students’ admissions and retain them through graduation.

Sponsorship Requirements:

  • Complete the University of Utah Appeal Form
    • Select “Student Equity and Diversity/ Diversity Scholars” as your first choice
  • Participate in the Student Equity and Diversity (SED) Diversity Scholars Program
  • Monthly one-on-one advising meetings with an assigned Academic Advisor to track student progress and ensure success.
  • Meet regularly with an assigned Peer Mentor.
  • Attend the Diversity Scholars Welcome Program (Spring 2014).
  • Enroll and participate in two mandatory courses associated with the program: Ethnic Studies 2500 (Fall) & Ethnic Studies 3730 (Spring)
  • Enrolled and participate in a three class block schedule associated with the program fall semester (optional)
  • Participate in a year-long service learning experience associated with the program.
  • Meet regularly with faculty associated with the program.
  • Attend at least three hours of study hall a week during the academic year.
  • Access schedule tutoring (as needed)
  • Attend at least three free summer learning enhancement workshops prior to fall semester.
  • Attend at least one learning enhancement workshop each semester (Fall & Spring)

FAQ

What does it mean to be sponsored?

Sponsored students are those students admitted under the University’s 5% policy, which allows for 5% of any incoming class to be comprised of students who do not meet the initial admission criteria. Students sponsored by Student Equity and Diversity are required to sign a contract. Download the contract here.

Do I qualify for sponsorship?

This depends on many factors. Please contact the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) to schedule a meeting with the First-Year Experience Director, Tricia Sugiyama, to discuss sponsorship qualifications. 801-581-8151

What do I need to bring to my meeting with the First-Year Experience Director?

High School Cumulative GPA and ACT Composite Score

Does Student Equity and Diversity sponsor students Spring or Summer semester?

Student Equity and Diversity only sponsors students Fall semester. Students that are sponsored by Student Equity and Diversity are required to be a part of the Diversity Scholars program, which is a year-long cohort program that starts each Fall.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students who have common interests and take classes together.

How many students does Student Equity and Diversity sponsor each year?

The Student Equity and Diversity sponsors between 100-150 students each year.

Can two offices sponsor me?

No, two offices cannot sponsor you.

Can I participate in only part of the Student Equity and Diversity Sponsored Student Program?

No. You are required to commit to the whole program. The Student Equity and Diversity sponsorship program is designed to provide students with a supportive environment and a unique experience that will help you during your first and following years at the U.

What are the deadlines?

Application to the University: Fall 2014

Complete by:Admissions will notify you by:
November 1 (Honors Priority Application Date)January 15 (Honors will notify in February)
December 1 (Admissions Priority Date)January 15
February 1March 1
April 1Rolling
Applications submitted with all required documentation and a $30 late processing fee will be accepted until July 1, 2014.

Appeal Deadlines: Fall 2014

A complete appeal packet is due the 15th of every month but must be received no later than six weeks after the date on the admission denial letter. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, a complete appeal packet is due on the next business day. Only complete appeals received by the 15th will be forwarded to sponsoring departments after an initial review from Admissions. You can track the receipt of your documents via the online tracking system.

How and when will I be notified?

You will be notified by the Office of Admissions by postal mail. Notification may take 4-6 weeks from the deadline. For example, if you submit your complete appeal before the Nov 15 deadline, then you should hear no later than January 1.

Can I appeal online?

No, the appeal form can only be printed from the Admission’s website. The Appeal form can be filled out online but must be printed or saved for attachment.
Appeal documents can be sent to The Office of Admissions in the following ways:

  1. Email: admissions_appeal@utah.edu
  2. Fax: 801-585-7864
  3. Address: 201 S. 1460 E. RM 250S Salt Lake City, UT 84112
All appeals must be completed and turn into the Admissions Office by the appeal deadline (not just post marked by deadline).

For additional information:
Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions_appeal@utah.edu or 801-581-8761.

I can’t open or download the Appeal Form.

Try the site on another computer or ask a counselor in your school to print the form. Copies of the appeal form can be requested from the Admissions Office (paper copies, emailed or faxed). Also, we have copies of the form in our office if you would like to stop by and get a copy. Remember to give yourself time to request letters of recommendation and complete the essay questions.

How do I request that Student Equity and Diversity receive my file for sponsorship consideration?

On the appeal application you will have the chance to select up to three sponsoring offices and rank them from 1st to 3rd choice. Make sure to list Student Equity and Diversity/Diversity Scholars as one of these offices.

Does the order in which I rank the sponsoring office make a difference?

Yes, sponsorship priority is based on your ranking. Please note many offices sponsor a limited number of students. It is recommended that you contact offices you are interested.

How do I request a Letter of Recommendation?

Should I hand write my answers on the appeal form?

We recommend that you type your answers on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to the appeal form. Typed responses are preferred as they are easier to read.

How long should my answers in the appeal form be?

The more information you can provide will help those reviewing your file gain a better understanding of your personal and educational experiences. Programs use this information to determine whether you are a good fit for their program and if their program can assist in meeting your needs.

How do I check on the status of my application or appeal?

Check the email you listed on the appeal daily. Check the spam and junk mail files as well. The Office of Admissions will often send out important emails regarding missing or incomplete files. Students can track the status of their applications and appeals online at the online tracking system or by calling the admission office directly at 801-581-7281.

What if I turned in the application by the deadline but did not get an answer by the notification date?

A couple of things may have happened. 1. A letter was sent but did not reach you because it was sent to an old address or wrong address. 2. Your application or appeal was incomplete and an email was sent to you. If you did not receive a letter or email by the notification date you will want to check your status online or call the Admissions office. Check your file status online at the online tracking system or by calling the admission office directly at 801-581-7281.

How can I increase my chances of being sponsored by the SED Sponsored Student Program?

In your appeal, it is important to present yourself professionally. Start by typing up your responses rather than turning in hand-written work. The department whom you are requesting sponsorship from needs to know that you are interested, motivated and can succeed if they choose to sponsor you.

Should I contact sponsoring offices?

Absolutely! Each of the sponsoring departments will have different types of programs and requirements for individuals they sponsor. Many offices like ours have formal programs and requirements which you will want to be aware. It will be important for you to make sure that you are willing to commit to the program requirements before accepting a sponsorship.