We describe ourselves as four centers and a school: the American Indian Resource Center, the Black Cultural Center, the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, the LGBT Resource Center and the School for Cultural and Social Transformation. And when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion, we consider ourselves the architects and engineers of social justice work on our campus.

Here’s our progress on our approach and how we align with the University’s Four Strategic Goals:

1

Design Framework for Intersectional Inquiry


WHERE WE’VE BEEN

(LAST 3 YEARS)

WHERE WE ARE

(ON-GOING THIS YEAR)

WHERE WE’RE GOING

(3 YEAR PROJECTIONS)

PEOPLE

  • Seven new faculty hires in Transform (all underrepresented faculty) in last two years
  • Diversity point people designated in each college (desired by spring)
  • Diversity Scholars Faculty Coordinator position created and filled
  • Full-time dean for Transform (former AVP for OED will continue in this role)
  • Transform hires in Latinx Studies and African American Feminisms

PROGRAMS

  • Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies passed by Senate, put into motion
  • Community-engaged learning amplified in Transform
  • New Ethnic Studies major gets underway
  • Gender Justice Scholars more thoroughly established
  • now underway
  • Disability Studies moved into Transform and re-launched for the U
  • Faculty mentoring program created and launched in Transform
  • Pacific Islands Studies Program being designed
  • Frontiers journal moved into Transform from Ohio State
  • Master’s degree in Intersectional Inquiry in Transform
  • Expanded community-engaged learning in Transform
  • Expanded internship programs in Transform

INITIATIVES

  • All double majors counted in Transform
  • Transform ambassadors
  • Disability Studies major
  • Deaf Studies, Autism Studies
  • Ongoing assessment and transformation of Transform curriculum

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Gender Studies’ Dolores Huerta Scholarship
  • Gender Studies Internship Funding
  • Transform scholarships

2

Build Holistic Ecosystems


WHERE WE’VE BEEN

(LAST 3 YEARS)

WHERE WE ARE

(ON-GOING THIS YEAR)

WHERE WE’RE GOING

(3 YEAR PROJECTIONS)

PEOPLE

  • Dream Center coordinator position created and filled
  • Second-Year Programming Coordinator position for CESA created and filled
  • Three graduate assistants, two students added to LGBT Resource Center
  • Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy position created and filled
  • Outreach Program Coordinator position filled
  • LGBT Resource Center Director position filled
  • Pacific Islands Initiative Bridge Program Coordinator position created and filled
  • Black Cultural Center Director position search and hire underway
  • New staff hire in the American Indian Resource Center
  • New advisor position in LGBT Resource Center
  • Hard-funding for graduate assistants in CESA
  • Cultural center directors hired as potential new centers are established
  • Diversity Educators Team for campus-wide education of faculty/staff

PROGRAMS

  • Ally-building/Awareness campaigns
  • LORDE Scholars established
  • Diversity Scholars receives permanent central funding for first time
  • Expanded student leadership programming in OED centers
  • Black Cultural Center programming

INITIATIVES

  • Tribal Leaders Education Summit (newly established and held three times)
  • Faculty of Color Support Group getting ready to launch (this spring)
  • Inclusive Restrooms Project underway across campus
  • CESA/OED annual fundraising event
  • Community engagement through LGBT Resource Center
  • Ongoing assessment of student needs in OED centers
  • Formal mentoring programs in centers
  • Ongoing, expanded connections to Counseling Center and focus on wellness
  • Ongoing expansion of Inclusive Restrooms Project

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • OED leadership scholarships/stipends
  • Two new donors for American Indian scholarships
  • Recognition of tribal homelands for instate fee waiver
  • Funding for housing

3

Align Optics with Reality


WHERE WE’VE BEEN

(LAST 3 YEARS)

WHERE WE ARE

(ON-GOING THIS YEAR)

WHERE WE’RE GOING

(3 YEAR PROJECTIONS)

PEOPLE

  • Co-Associate Vice President for OED established (assistant VP raised to associate)
  • Vice President for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion for entire U campus (search underway)
  • OED position in data/assessment
  • Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion

INITIATIVES

  • First-ever Open Dialogue on Racial Climate at the U (500-700 attended)
  • 13 Initiatives approved, put into motion
  • Microaggressions Awareness Campaign across campus
  • Tribal Leaders Certificate in design
  • Racist/bias campus protocol (green light given by Senior VP)
  • Academic MOUs for all Tribal Nations in Utah (request to establish)
  • Accessibility guidelines for presentations and web materials
  • End to use of Ute name and drum/feather for athletics teams and entire campus

4

Construct Spaces of Belonging


WHERE WE’VE BEEN

(LAST 3 YEARS)

WHERE WE ARE

(ON-GOING THIS YEAR)

WHERE WE’RE GOING

(3 YEAR PROJECTIONS)

INITIATIVES

  • Tribal Counsel of Elders (request to establish)
  • Universal Access Task Force to launch (this spring)
  • AVPs begin college visits
  • All colleges required to craft diversity action plans
  • Disability & Access Task Force to launch with three working groups (Universal Access and Design Committee, Faculty and Staff Disability Committee, Student Disability Advisory Committee)
  • Collaborations with undergraduate studies
  • Ongoing expansion of Universal Access Committee initiatives
  • Ongoing assessment of equity pay across OED

SPACES

  • Student Equity and Diversity Lounge established in Union
  • Dream Center established in Annex Building
  • Transform granted new college space in Gardner Commons
  • Centralized space for all OED centers (in a new student union)
  • Bigger space for LGBT Resource Center
  • Storage space for centers
  • More cultural centers
  • More space for Transform faculty/staff