Let’s build a campus community together where you know U belong.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) encourages everyone to affirm and celebrate all our unique characteristics across multiple backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. Celebrating U Completely aims to promote the positive contributions of every student, faculty, trainee, and staff person at the U—and highlight the varied and valuable perspectives, talents, and skills that add to the dynamic and inspiring culture of the university. By affirming our differences, acknowledging our challenges, and rooting ourselves in our shared humanity we will move forward as one university community that fosters a welcoming campus climate where every individual knows they belong.
Celebrating U Completely seeks to embrace and honor the rich and varied identities and lived experiences that make up the University of Utah campus. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Body Image
- Familial Status
- Immigration Status
- Military Status
- Socioeconomic Status
Inclusive Partnerships & Collaborations
EDI makes available a host of resources, services, networking opportunities, and support for our entire campus. From support for those from rural or smaller communities, to resources for veterans and adult learners, to services for individuals from various faith communities or those with accessibility needs—EDI collaborates with national and campus partners to offer a variety of services to ensure every member of our campus community can thrive.
- The Black Cultural Center (BCC) has partnered with the Veterans Support Center on Black History Month and Veterans Day events. The BCC has also partnered with the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs on two workshops around Black Veterans and Black History Month.
- The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) partners with the Utah Intertribal Veterans Association to include veteran representation for cultural references, serve as cultural advisors, Elder-In-Residence and partners with their color guard to post flags at various events including the annual Pow Wow and Native Excellence Gala.
- The Center for Equity and Student Belonging (CESB) partners with the School for Cultural and Social Transformation on Diversity Scholars, a cohort-style program that provides personal, social, academic, and post-graduate belonging. Many students who engage in Diversity Scholars are first-generation.
- The Center for Equity and Student Belonging partners with the Daniels Fund’s Daniels Scholarship Program, which provides the opportunity for motivated, first-generation students to attend the college of their choice.
- The Male Success Initiative–a partnership between CESB, AIRC, and BCC–supports the academic success and personal belonging of male-identifying students, many participants also identify as first-generation.
- The Dream Center partners with TheDream.US and various entities on campus to support first-generation students who do not receive state or federal financial support.
- The Center for Equity and Student Belonging and American Indian Resource Center collaborate with donors and organizations to assist students with financial need and Pell Grant eligibility to receive support while attending the University of Utah. These efforts include the Chicano Scholarship Fund, Primary Children’s Scholarship, Alba Scholarship, Summit Scholars, Jesse Galand Scholarship, and Native Student Scholarship.
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion partnered with the Center for Disability and Access and Universal Access and Design Committee to establish the Day of Disability and Neurodiversity.
- EDI’s programs work in partnership with the Center for Disability and Access to provide accommodations and access for students, faculty, trainees, and staff with disabilities.
- The Black Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, and Center for Equity and Student Belonging’s Male Success Initiative supports the development of male-identifying students with a particular focus on students from rural areas to academically succeed, explore their identity, and gain professional experience for post-graduation success.
- The American Indian Resource Center serves all tribal nations as the cultural conduit to both tribal communities and the University of Utah by affirming tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
- EDI’s cultural and resource centers assist students serving or preparing for faith-based missions by ensuring they take appropriate measures to leave and return to the university without any issues.
- The Black Cultural Center has partnered with several religious organizations to utilize the interfaith/spiritual center located at the BCC. This space is open to any individual needing a location to practice their faith.
- Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion will be partnering with Interfaith America (IA), a Chicago-based non-profit that supports American colleges and universities’ efforts to engage religious diversity and promote interfaith cooperation as a campus-wide priority.
- The Black Cultural Center has partnered with One Refugee, Future Scholars of Africa, and GK Folks Foundation on several events for refugee students and community members.
- The Dream Center has partnered with the University of Utah’s First Star Academy to support and improve educational outcomes for refugee students and youth in foster care.
- The Black Cultural Center has partnered with Continuing Education on some workshops during Black History Month and other events centered around Black history. The BCC has also curated some workshops with local assisted living centers and partnerships with the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs for formally incarcerated individuals.
- The American Indian Resource Center regularly partners with the Office of Alumni Relations, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, and Sacred Circle Healthcare to offer support and opportunities to adult learners in addition to their own programs–the CIRCLE Program and Indigenous Womxn’s Collective.
- The New Leadership Academy (NLA) Fellows Program is a partnership between the University of Utah and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). NLA serves as a laboratory and model for what leadership development centered on leading for equity can look like, knowing that issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion should be a central consideration for all issues facing leaders. The New Leadership Academy Fellows Program has over 160 fellows and alumni from over 80 different institutions and organizations.