Our Initiatives:

These are our newest initiatives for the Office for Equity and Diversity. To learn more about a specific initiative, click on the corresponding tile below.

American Indian Scholarship Program

The time is NOW to support American Indian and Alaska Native Students.
One of the most common misconceptions concerning American Indian/Alaska Native college students is that they receive ample funding or a free-ride education provided through federal grants. In reality, American Indian/Alaska Native students enrolled in college drop out by their sophomore or junior year due to financial hardship and family obligations.

A Solution
The American Indian Scholarship Program will not only alleviate this financial burden, but it will also provide mentorship, resources, and academic advising needed to assist these students from the time of admission to graduation.

The Office for Equity and Diversity and American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) are proud to present its first American Indian, non-major specific scholarship at the University of Utah. This scholarship supports American Indian students who are committed to working towards their educational goals and who demonstrate the ability to make positive changes in their community. The scholarship’s framework will create a lifecycle where students are recruited to participate in our Diversity Scholars Program, led through graduation and mentor as ambassadors to future students and community.



Preferred Donation Method: U Give Webpage

Chicano Scholarship Fund

The Chicano Scholarship Fund was initiated in 1973 by a group of Chicano representatives from the community and University of Utah students, staff and faculty to honor the ideals and principles of the Chicano Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Individuals active in the Chicano Movement overcame obstacles while working for equal opportunity and social justice in education and public affairs.

Committed to all students of diversity who promote the cultural pride and tradition of the Chicana/o-Latina/o community, the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recognizes and assists students in their undergraduate and/or graduate education endeavors. The Chicana/o Scholarship Fund awards a number of scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be entering their freshman year at the University of Utah and undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Utah.

For more information regarding the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund, vist chicano.utah.edu.



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Diversity Emergency Fund

Help us provide financial support to students facing a crisis or unexpected expenses.
Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need. Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member in the Office for Equity and Diversity to discuss their application. Examples of covered costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications and other costs related to medical care (that are not covered by insurance)
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  • Assistance with replacement of essential belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family
  • Assistance with loss of income or housing, and other essential household expenses

Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

Learn more about the Diversity Emergency Fund.



Preferred Donation Method: U Give Webpage

Student Leadership Award

This award is designed to provide a unique leadership stipend for student leaders who are actively involved in building community and cultivating leadership through High School Outreach. Every year, various diversity student groups organize a high school conference engaging thousands of high school students across Utah. The conference is a major platform used to recruit high school students, enhance leadership skills and provide resources for educational opportunities of underrepresented students and youth. Various workshops include: help with admissions, college requirements, degree-specific programs, financial aid & scholarships, career goal setting and culturally relevant presentations on identity.



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

At the University of Utah, we celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. King’s legacy has provided in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week has become a platform to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America.

Previous keynote lecturers include:



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Women’s Week

Women’s Week is an annual, weeklong event focused on issues and challenges women face in America. Topics are relevant to today’s socio-economic and political climate, intersectionality, and cultural movements.

Previous guest lecturers include:

  • Staceyann Chin, Author, Spoken Word Poet, Acclaimed Performing Artist and Activist
  • Wendy Davis, Texas Lawyer, Democratic Politician and Women’s Activist
  • Dr. Edith “Winx” Lawrence, Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Powwow

The annual Powwow is an opportunity for tribal members throughout the Intermountain West and others to meet to honor the cultural and religious practices of the American Indian community. The term “powwow” originates from a Narragansett word, pau wau. It became an instrumental platform for passing down knowledge such as language, song, dance and medicine.



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Pride Week at the U

Pride Week at the U is a weeklong event that celebrates the diversity of gender and sexual identities among the larger campus community and diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community. The events provide a platform to promote the visibility of the community, engage in dialogue around identities and issues, and provide welcoming and affirming spaces for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff.

Previous guest lecturers include:

  • Julio Salgado, Undocuqueer Artivist
  • J Mase III, Spoken Word Artist and Activist
  • Jeff Sheng, Photographer and Activist
  • Sky Cubacub, QueerCrip Fashion Designer and Activist
  • Angel Haze, Rapper and Activist
  • CeCe McDonald, Transgender Activist
  • B. Cole, Transformative Justice Activist
  • Laverne Cox, Actress and Activist
  • Dan Savage, Author, TV Personality and Activist



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

U Remembers

The Office for Equity and Diversity commemorates the lives of the victims during the Holocaust with “U Remembers”— a weeklong event that reflects on the historical effects of genocide and pulls parallels from contemporary social issues of today. Weeklong events typically include a film screening, a student panel discussion and a keynote address.

Previous keynote lecturers include:

  • Jason Stanley, Professor at Yale University
  • Simran Jeet Singh, Professor at Trinity University
  • Reuven Firestone, Professor at Hebrew Union CCollege
  • Dr. Jennifer Evans
  • Dr. Joseph Fischel
  • Benerly Mitchell, Professor at Wesley Theological Seminary
  • James E. Young, Professor at University of Massachussetts
  • Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Diversity Scholarships

The Office for Equity and Diversity helps connect diverse student leaders, and students from underrepresented populations, to a wide range of scholarships for encouragement and support.



Preferred Donation Method: Cash, Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238


Ways To Give

A this time, payroll deductions and online (U Give) donations only contribute to our American Indian Scholarship Program and Chicana/o Scholarship Fund initiatives. If you wish to contribute to other causes, please call (801)581-3720 or consider the Cash, Check, or Money Order option. Thank you.


Cash, Check, or Money Order

Send a check or money order, or hand-deliver cash, to:

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238




Credit Card

You may contribute online or by phone during the business day (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time) at (801) 581-3720 or (800) 716-0377.
To make a gift online, please click here.





Payroll Deduction

University of Utah employees may make contributions by authorizing payroll deductions. These post-tax deductions will be made each pay period for the number of months specified.
To sign up for payroll deduction, please click here or call (801) 581-3720.


Initiatives Contact

Neelam Chand

Director of Marketing
Park 120
801-587-3342
n.chand@utah.edu


Thank you to our corporate donors & supporters!

  • Utah Jazz
  • Zions Management Services Company
  • Granite Department of Educational Equity
  • SLC School District Educational Equity, Century Link
  • Cornerstone Chiropractic
  • Kootenai River Radiology PC
  • La Caille
  • B.W. Bastian Foundation
  • Capstone Chiropractic
  • National Planning Corporation
  • Utah Grizzlies Hockey Club
  • Gastronomy, Inc.
  • Chubby’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Salon Valentina
  • Discovery Gateway
  • Utah Order of Women Legislators
  • Western Area Power Administration
  • College of Social Work
  • Granite School District
  • University of Utah President’s Office
  • S.D. Kelemm and Associates, Inc.
  • Calmar and Associates
  • Gomez Financial Group LLC