University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

Diversity Scholars: First Year Experience Program

The Diversity Scholars Program is central to Student Equity & Diversity's retention focus and was created as way to support students of color during their first-year at the University of Utah. The 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.

Diversity Scholars is a First-Year Seminar that has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments and retention rates. These exceptional seminars provide students with an active engagement and reflection of their educational trajectories, goals and aspirations. The seminars help students examine their own complex realities and provide leadership in educational and community settings through service learning.