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As part of Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) for the past two years, Dr. Taylor sat on numerous panels that help construct a more holistic view of barriers to retention of Indigenous and American Indian Students at the University of Utah. She served on a committee that centered conversations on student services and assisted in helping understand where campus partners could improve on service delivery to Indigenous and American Indian Students.

Dr. Taylor supported several initiatives that contributed to knowledge generation lead by America West Center and served as one of the facilitators for the Lowell Bennion Center for Community Engagement’s Community Conversations and provided presentations to various student organizations including Fraternity & Sorority Life on mindfulness and community responsibility for making the University of Utah campus a more inclusive place for Indigenous and American Indian Students.

Dr. Taylor positioned the AIRC as a partner to Schools and Departments across the University and led workshops on cultural competency and protocols to Admissions, Housing, Athletics, and Orientation.

Tricia Sugiyama, director of the Center for Equity and Student Belonging notes that “her dedication to student access to the AIRC as a home base for students especially after hours, stem connections especially in regard to the health sciences (NARI, health science book reads).”

Dr. Clare Lemke, director of the LGBT Resource Center notes that “Dr. Taylor has been a pillar of the U community. She is a fierce advocate for students who always went above and beyond to serve. The LGBT RC has been grateful to have Franci as a colleague and collaborator. Whether it was working on a welcome event, collaborating for our QTSOCs program, or working together to create strategies to meet student needs, Franci always made us better. The division of EDI will not be the same without her; we will miss her authenticity and the immense care she brings to her leadership.”

We in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion thank Dr. Taylor for her many contributions to campus and our students.

Please note that the American Indian Resource Center will remain open and available to use. An interim will be announced soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Special Assistant to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Daniel K. Cairo at daniel.cairo@utah.edu.