In Fall 2015, the University of Utah held an open forum to address relations with our students from underrepresented communities on campus. The result of that forum was the following 13 initiatives.
You can also learn more by visiting the 13 Responses website.
Money for Diverse Student Groups
We have identified additional financial support for Student Equity and Diversity groups in support of high school conferences and travel funding to enhance student development.
Faculty Hiring Initiative
In the fall of 2016 we were joined by 19 new faculty members and post-doctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds.
Diverse Staff Hiring
This has been in the talking phase since the summer of 2015. The head of HR is on board to help develop.
Student Diversity Council
The Student Diversity Council is comprised of representatives from each of our diverse student groups on campus. Campus leadership is meeting regularly with the newly formed Council.
We are planning to launch Diversity in Progress, a website that tracks university diversity initiatives in service of open communication across campus. This site will help maintain vigilance and accountability as our efforts continue in the months and years ahead.
Diversity Coalition Group
The Diversity Coalition Group, which includes representatives from all major diversity groups on
campus, is meeting on a regular basis.
School for Cultural and Social Transformation
In the fall of 2016 we launched the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, which includes
the divisions of Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. The divisions are now capable of tenuring, making their own hires, granting degrees, and governing curriculum. The School will be located in the new OSH once…