Today the basic principles of intersectionality are widely accepted. Yet it remains a difficult, misunderstood, and sometimes controversial concept.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved at the University of Utah—and several campus resources to help you get connected.
The Male Success Initiative will challenge existing narratives of success, mitigate achievement gaps, and nurture the academic and professional development of male-identifying students at the University of Utah.
The New Leadership Academy continues to pursue new pathways to providing exceptional and accessible leadership development opportunities focused on leading with equity.
A healthy campus climate benefits all community members, not just those who have been historically underrepresented. How can a thriving campus climate be achieved?
Since its launch in spring 2021, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy Council has been applying preparations for embedding equitable systems within the U. AVP Emma E. Houston shares what has taken place over the last year and what can be expected in the next.
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Since 2002, the LGBT Resource Center has provided support, community, leadership development, and advocacy to LGBTQIA+ students as well as education and cultural events for the University of Utah community.
Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal welcomes back new and returning folx to another start of an academic year.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is pleased to announce that Rodney T. Cohen, EdD (he/him) has joined the division as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Manager.
In a successful conclusion of its first cohort since transitioning to the University of Utah, the New Leadership Academy (NLA) held its annual NLA Summer Institute in Salt Lake City.
Juneteenth has evolved into a celebration of Black freedom throughout the United States. This year’s campus celebrations will highlight Black resilience, determination and progress and examine the continuing struggle for racial justice.
Thank you for participating in the EDI event survey this spring! Explore the results and how they will be applied next year.
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! After celebrating with the LGBT Resource Center at Utah Pride, keep the momentum going by making small, intentional decisions to create a campus culture that is inclusive overall.
May is National Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In a brief conversation, three folx discuss why this observance is important to them and the celebratory solidarity they hope will ripple through the Utah community.
Meet the Class of 2022’s Second Year Experience graduates and glean some insight and advice from their experience as first-generation students.
In sharing her family’s Holocaust survivor story, Diane Hartz Warsoff recounted hope amid horrors and courageous actions of those who refused to remain bystanders.
Meet the presidential interns who helped shape EDI’s strategic happenings for the 2021-2022 academic year.
It’s critical that we ensure our students today are not shielded from a deep understanding of the atrocities of the past, and we need to tell this history in many different ways in order to protect the truth and ensure that it endures.
In sharing her personal journey of building solidarity into social justice work, Raquel Willis emphasized the lifelong commitment needed for true advocacy and solidarity.
Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal shares a personal take on this year’s Pride Week at the U theme, “Solidarity.”
Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the Linda K. Amos Award and Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize!
The Day of Collective Action is a starting point. All are encouraged to participate in this institution-wide event to deepen our understanding, fortify our resolve, and take specific action steps against racism, bias, and discrimination.
Keynote Ericka Hart reminded Women’s Week attendees that discomfort and agitation are requisites for social justice work and fighting intersecting systems of oppression.
In light of the last two years, Women’s Week will provide a space to recognize how different stressors manifest and affect women in various ways. We don’t just survive. We shift, strive, and thrive.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Alumni Relations are planning a new intersectional graduation ceremony to honor our beautiful and complex histories, experiences, communities, and families.
As a challenge to imagine more for the future of students and patients at the University of Utah, U Giving Day provides a terrific opportunity to support any EDI initiatives close to one’s heart.
Data has shown a history of educational inequity; however, numbers alone have only taken us so far. Thus we continue to ask, how do we close equity gaps?
The application process for the second cohort of Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has begun! Learn about the inaugural cohort, what the program means to them, and their experience as S.U.C.C.E.S.S. fellows.
The School for Cultural and Social Transformation has been awarded a grant to establish an intersectional studies collective. Following a three-year plan, Transform has goals of establishing the University of Utah as a leader in this area of study.
What does it mean to be authentic and undisputed? What does it mean to be genuine in everything that you do? How do you come present as your most authentic self?
The 2022 MLK Week explored the theme “Becoming the Beloved Community” with events and conversations that examined ways to bridge the divide and work together to achieve Dr. King’s vision of a just world where love, trust, and peace prevail.
Congratulations to this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award recipients!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of the “beloved community” as a nonviolent, just society where love and trust triumph over fear and hatred.
November may be over, but honoring Native American Heritage is not.
In nurturing a community in which everyone feels they belong, applying an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens to research is critically important.
Congratulations to the Inclusive Excellence Awards 2021 recipients! Thank you to all who nominated and recognized University of Utah Health folx who exemplify leadership in inclusive excellence.
As the keynote for MEDiversity Week, Dr. Sandro Galea reviewed lessons from COVID-19 and urged attendees to advocate for and invest into making and maintaining a healthy community in a post-pandemic era.
Through the resilience we have in kinship, we still persist. We’re still here. We’re still learning. We’re still growing.
Imagine a world where the health care provider recognized more than just the obvious identities of their patient and instead addressed the “whole” patient.
“I really don’t know if I would have finished school without the center.” The Center for Equity and Student Belonging’s new model will continue to elevate community and connections.
The Racist and Bias Incident Response Team oversees university protocols, programs, and processes in order to provide appropriate and calculated responses to incidents involving bias and racism at the university.
The LGBT Resource Center shares insight into the center’s new initiatives for QTSOC community building and advice on how we can all contribute to a more inclusive campus.
Harriet A. Washington is a prolific science writer, editor, and ethicist. The University of Utah will welcome Dr. Washington to virtually speak to the campus community during three events Oct. 7-8, 2021.
“Celebrate/é” means an opportunity to put our voices out there, showcase our cultures and experiences, and tell our stories from our own perspectives. We need to celebrate each other, celebrate ourselves, and celebrate our campus diversity as a community.
Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education are back for a second season. Learn how to intentionally practice equity in your workplace, classroom, and community on September 24.
We are excited to announce IntersectX12: A new brand, initiative, and way of thinking about all the many nationally recognized months, weeks, and days intended to honor and celebrate various heritages and identities.
Reframing the Conversation from Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) returns for the 2021-2022 academic year! Join for timely, critical monthly conversations with experts from across Utah.
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women provides leadership and expertise to the University of Utah community in promoting women in their various roles and activities and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the university.
It is with a renewed sense of joy that we welcome all of you back onto our physical campus, into classrooms and gathering spaces, and invite you to join in our community both in-person and at a distance.
The Anti-Racism Committee recommends and evaluates measures to ensure that everyone enjoys a campus free of racism and hate. Co-Chair Bryan Hubain shares the Committee’s priorities for the upcoming year and how you can join in this effort.
Center for Ethnic Student Affairs is rebranding and strategizing as they focus on serving the increasingly diverse student population at the U by becoming the Center for Equity and Student Belonging.
The Universal Design and Access Committee works to enhance university accessibility according to the principles of Universal Design in areas such as curriculum, built environment, technology and information, campus events, and workplace inclusivity.
It takes the courage and dedication of many leaders, with diverse talents and strengths and united vision, to create a more equitable university environment. How could this type of distributed but collaborative leadership look?
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s “One U Thriving Newsletter” will be the best way to keep updated on EDI. Learn from two folx behind the weekly newsletter on why they are rebranding and how to stay tuned with EDI.
We must continue to work towards implementing practices that honor students’ preferred names across campus offices and modes of communication.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. stands for Students United to Create Cultural and Educational Success Stories, and the Black Cultural Center is looking for students who are ready to do just that!
A year ago, people across the country moved to action when images of the death of George Floyd surfaced. Our work is not done.
As we aspire to make our campus a space where everyone has the ability to achieve success, the Black Advisory Council will advise EDI and support the growth and climate of the Black community at the U.
As you move into the next chapter in your journey, I hope you will consider the experiences you’ve had at the University of Utah — the first graduation gift — and that it continues to nourish your transformation.
We’re proud to present this collection of 2021 graduates and invite you to join us in celebration of the knowledge that they’re on their way to weathering life’s winter months together only to return stronger, sturdier, and more glorious.
When it comes to being an effective ally, we must not remain silent, but challenge and change the narrative. Commit today to never remain silent in the face of bigotry and injustice.
Where do nationalism and nativist othering come into a discussion of antisemitism and Whiteness? Our panel of experts discussed how antisemitism is closely related to and emerges from various forms of othering.
Have you ever said something that unintentionally had a negative impact? Confront your racism, your participation in the legacies of settler colonialism – let it be the beginning of a deeper conversation, the opening of that door, a strengthening of us.
It’s impossible to fully understand the lives of individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community without also acknowledging the intricacies that race, gender, sexuality, ethnicities, class, religion, and other identities bring to a single person’s story.
“Breaking the Silence” aims to foster a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and to inspire community members to combat the rise of antisemitism and White supremacy by moving from bystanders to active participants.
Vice President Villarreal reminds us of the revolutionary joy in celebrating all our intersecting identities.
“Queer at the Intersections,” encourages everyone to contemplate LGBTQIA+ lives and issues through different intersections of identity, including race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class.
Please join us in naming, disrupting, and dismantling the anti-Asian hate on our campus, in our neighborhoods, and in our country.
2020 marked yet another historic moment for more women running for office than any previous election. Panelists reflected on what inspired them to run for office, the challenges and successes they experienced in government, and how and why more women should run.
Ruffin stressed the importance of women realizing their value, speaking out against inequities, and supporting each other.
The Women’s Week 2021 theme “Inspiring a Movement” reflects the importance of role models in advancing women’s political leadership.
Congratulations to the 2021 Black Faculty and Staff Award recipients!
The New Leadership Academy Fellows Program (NLA) is moving to the University of Utah! Our efforts are not only integrating into the fabric of One U, but essential to the U’s leadership as a top national research flagship university.
Despite the vast array of cultural/ethnic backgrounds and lived experiences in the African diaspora, each Black person is united by how their brown skin is interpreted in America.
Since co-founding the BCC, each of these transformative voices have continued to support and contribute to the success of students and community at the U and beyond.
As the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Week keynote speaker, Porter imparted viewers with the gift of having a deeper understanding of the man behind the legacy of “good trouble.”
The divisions of modern U.S. cities and de-facto segregation did not arise by accident. Our panelists examined what enabled redlining and pervasive environmental racism to shape our communities and what can be done to combat their effects.
John Lewis is a historical and modern day fixture of the persistent battle for racial and social justice. Though he recently passed in July of 2020, this year’s MLK Week theme honors his philosophy of “good trouble.”
Welcome, and thank you for joining us for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Virtual Kick-Off!
Congratulations to the 2021 Youth Leadership Award Recipients! As an integral tradition of MLK Week, the award honors 7-12th grade students who demonstrate dedication to leadership in their communities and daily activities.
The summer of social unrest has prompted soul-searching in higher education as campuses experience more racist incidents and students voice concerns about interactions with police.
AI/AN communities remain invisible to non-Native society — illustrated through the high numbers of murdered and missing Indigenous women and youth. While this issue has been prominent for many years, it has not been visible in the national dialogue until very recently.
Across the globe, there has been increasing acknowledgment of injustices such as health inequities, racism, and the vital changes needed to address these disparities. One such group often left out of the equity, diversity, and inclusion focus is people with disabilities.
We look forward to virtually gathering with you to continue learning how we can best move the work of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism forward in our academic, clinical, and personal lives.
In Utah, the deadline for voter registration is October 23. As part of our encouragement and reminder to register, we invite you to read Unmasking “ignorance” — an assessment on public narratives around voting access/suppression and mitigation of such claims.
In celebration of LGBTQIA+ History Month, we took a look back at the queer legacy in Utah. Prominent leaders and activists discussed their journeys to make the U more inclusive and acknowledged what remains to be done.
As a public university and the flagship institution of higher education in the state, the University of Utah, in its mission to provide access to high-quality education for all, has a responsibility to serve and partner with Native Nations.
Kamala Harris’ groundbreaking nomination advances a narrative of racial complexity, opening the door for many of us to confront our need to create one identity, one politic, one reality in how we navigate race in this country.
Centering on dynamics of othering affecting people of Asian descent in America, “The Rise of Anti-Asian Hate” shared experiences and observations of bias and ways to unify with like-minded movements to eliminate systemic inequities.
Reframing the Conversation will be relaunched as a monthly virtual panel series with the September iteration discussing Asian American experiences during the age of COVID-19.
There can be no movement forward on anti-racism unless every person on campus commits to examining bias and discrimination across our institution, taking action, and amplifying the voices of the marginalized in developing more equitable initiatives.
While we all work through various degrees of challenges, changes, and triumphs that accompany the start of a semester, we hope you are able to connect with our centers to maintain community and formulate a support system as you take on the academic year.
We know this is a most difficult time for many in our community with the developments of the last few months. The EDI family is also in pain as we too are experiencing frustration and anger as we begin to process what the last few days have meant in this country.
Now is the time for us to examine how COVID-19 affects communities of color at a higher rate, and more importantly—what we are willing to do as a society to end this kind of disparity?
We are honored to be presenting these exceptional students and their stories to you. Please join us in celebration of the class of 2020!
In this time of crisis, it is essential that we lift up our commitment to the values of inclusivity within our campus.
“Warrior” is a title granted to those who demonstrate extraordinary strength when faced with adversity; and during Women’s Week 2020 we were fortunate to be in the presence of a group of women that are truly deserving of this title of honor.
We want to acknowledge the struggles, sadness and anger over the barriers that still exist for LGBTQIA+ students as their dreams and goals become realized through educational attainment and persistence toward graduation.
2020 is the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. And yet, the 2020 Global Gender Gap Report notes the U.S. in the third quartile of political empowerment. In order to gain full gender parity, the inequalities within and intersecting with gender must also be addressed.
An upcoming panel series will bring together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.
For Black History Month 2020, the BCC is celebrating its 1st anniversary! We took the opportunity to learn how this past year has impacted BCC staff and shaped how this space contributes to countless journeys on campus.
For MLK Week 2020, we explored ways to Face Everything And Rise; and our keynote, Aisha Moodie-Mills is a seasoned expert at turning feelings of anger, frustration, and fear into tangible change for a better future.
“A Deadly Diagnosis,” the U Remembers 2020 theme, will explore traces from the Nazi worldview of othering found in medical and social realms today and how we can reflect on the harm these dynamics cause as we push forward into a more inclusive future.
When each MLK Day rolls around, a flood of emotions come to mind. Celebration, inspiration, motivation, and hope to name a few; but this year’s MLK Week theme may appear quite the opposite of the positive sentiments at first.
Our 2020 MLK Week keynote is Aisha Moodie-Mills! We asked her a few questions on overcoming fear and fighting for progress.
We will be participating in the U’s Giving Tuesday with the intent of supporting two entities striving to foster equity and inclusion on our campus: the American Indian Resource Center and LGBT Resource Center.
During this year’s Pride Week, we were reminded of this original foundation of Pride but also found hope within the stories of queeroes who joined us and who came before us. Check out this recap whenever you need help remembering the queero within you!
It’s Pride Week at the U! In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Queeroes: Reclaiming Hero”, we are spotlighting some exceptional “queeroes” who share their personal queer heroes and offer advice for living as your true self.
What is a queero? Learn all about this year’s Pride theme and how it will be incorporated throughout the week.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, and while the intent of heritage months may be thought of as celebratory recognition for communities within the U.S., many of our campus community members feel differently.
The 50th anniversary of Stonewall is this week! We interviewed this year’s Pride Week Co-chairs on the development of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and the many queer heroes, or queeroes, that have emerged throughout its progression.
Meet Meligha Garfield, our inaugural Director for the Black Cultural Center! He just started this month, and we asked some personal and whimsical questions to get to know him a little better.
There are some exceptional students graduating this year, so we had to spotlight them! Check out their U experiences/accomplishments and what words of advice they give to current and future students.
Transform students presented an oral and visual interactive tour on socio-legal, cultural, and ethnic studies perspectives surrounding immigration through presentations, written work, and visual display.
The University of Utah 47th Annual Pow Wow will be held this weekend! This year’s theme “Indigenous Rising: Warriors in Leadership” celebrates recent electoral wins and provides inspiration and encouragement to younger generations.
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor graduating LGBTQIA+ students. At the U, we will be reaching a milestone by celebrating our 15th annual Lavender Graduation on campus!
For the 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies, we interviewed Dr. Edmund Fong, our Chair of Ethnic Studies, to learn more about the development, current culture, and outlook of Ethnic Studies on a local and national scale.
Gabby Rivera joined us to celebrate her joy, encourage us to find our own within our ancestors and stories, and gave us a glimpse into the inspirations for her writing.
Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Latinx writer, and our 2019 Women’s Week keynote! We asked a few questions to better understand Rivera’s philosophies and how she exercises them in her own life.
Students have always been at the center of transforming higher education; making it more inclusive with every graduating class. The U will be opening its inaugural Black Cultural Center, which was spearheaded by student leaders.
February is Black History Month, a time for individuals within the pan-African diaspora to express their talents and contributions on a large scale. For the Black Student Union (BSU), it’s a time of reflection.
Charlene Carruthers, 2019 MLK Week keynote, reminded us all that one individual cannot make or break a movement. It takes a collective, tackling an issue together to make it happen. Do you want to organize a movement? Ask yourself these five questions…
A series of bright-colored posters found around campus share quotes from thought-leading activists. They serve as a reminder that a collective approach is vital for social change.
Strong community, resilient history and vibrant traditions are key elements of the Pacific Islands culture. These same elements are the foundation of the PI Studies initiative — and a new $600,000 grant.
Despite the growing popularity of the festivities and their symbols, both within and outside of the U.S. Latinx community, few really know the meaning of the celebration.
Dr. Jud Newborn, our 2018 U Remembers keynote, draws lessons and parallels from resistance during the time of the Holocaust and the resistance in today’s current events.
Columbus Day – a day that honors Christopher Columbus and his arrival to the Americas in 1492 – romanticizes colonization while ignoring the existence and narrative of indigenous people.
Tawanda Carson Owens is to become the new Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy, an advocate position for the students served and the programs offered by OED.
Art can be an incredibly powerful messaging tool when used properly. Ella Mendoza, an undocumented and queer multi-disciplinary artist, uses their art to advocate for social justice.
Affinity celebrations are responses to historical and ongoing exclusion and marginalization, allowing students to celebrate their persistence and resistance through college with their family, friends, and peers.
We’ve highlighted a few of our students that are graduating this year! Learn more about them and what advice they have as they reflect on their university experience.
While the Pow Wow is free and open to the public, organizers encourage attendees to be respectful and adhere to proper pow wow etiquette.
While Spring Break is a time to take care of yourself, keep an eye out to help others as well.
Self-care is any deliberate act to take care of our mental, emotional, and/or physical health. In our own routines, we must consider where to draw the line in judging other’s efforts.
Documentation. The metric the United States government uses to determine a person’s rights within the U.S. Here is a story of a U alumna who has had first-hand experience.
Standing against bigotry and discrimination, Irene Ota’s passion and work centers around raising awareness of privilege and oppression. But it was her life experiences that lead her to her passion.
“We are powerful because we have survived, and that is what it is all about — survival and growth.” – Audre Lorde
Black History Month and celebrations of Black life going forward should be mindful of the “intersections of our identities, so that ‘Black’ doesn’t just mean cis-het, Hollywood size, Christian, and able-bodied.”
Toilet paper: essential, right? The U provides toilet paper in all the restrooms on campus, because it is a basic personal hygiene necessity. But what about the basic personal hygiene need for pads and tampons?
Celebrating Black life means elevating the narratives of Black trans people, and we must start by saying the names of Black trans people who have prematurely lost their lives to institutional violence.
Education—an important value to many. But for Kiman Kaur, education has become the most vital piece to her life and to her family.
A director, a student, an activist. Lilly Kanishka’s experiences and passion for social justice has become the driving force for her involvement in student organizations.
As Black History Month approaches, Langton Hughes’ poem ‘Let America Be America Again’ encourages us to consider where we have been (from pre-colonization; to 1776; to 1936; to 2018).
What is environmental racism and why does it matter? Here’s a brief overview of the U’s 2018 MLK Week theme.
In higher education, we are beginning to discuss the intersection of social identities. However, we are far from constructively supporting intersectionality.