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First Year Diversity Scholars

Diversity Scholars is CESA’s first-year student cohort. The program supports students through specialized workshops and course offerings, regular interactions with faculty and staff of color, multiple mentoring relationships, and off-campus community engagement opportunities. The program also provides first-year students of color at the U with a community of like-minded peers on campus.

As a Diversity Scholar, you will be invited to attend a welcome event just for your cohort prior to starting Fall classes; regular check-ins with a CESA advisor and with Peer Mentors who are there to guide your academic and personal success; free tutoring from university students and staff; and special social events, academic workshops, and social justice discussions just for students like you. Why wait? Apply now and join the Diversity Scholars!


  • Scheduled check-ins with an advisor and Peer Mentors to track progress and ensure success
  • Diversity Scholars Welcome prior to the Fall semester
  • Access to free tutoring


  • Meet regularly with an assigned Peer Mentor
  • Enroll and participate in two mandatory courses associated with the program: ETHNC 2510 (Fall) and ETHNIC 2520 (Spring)
  • Participate in a year-long service-learning experience associated with the program
  • Meet regularly with faculty associated with the program
  • Complete a bi-weekly study journal
  • Access to scheduled tutoring (optional)
  • Attend at least one free Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion seminar each semester (Fall & Spring)

Apply to the Program

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What does it mean to be sponsored?

Sponsored students are those students admitted under the University’s 5% policy, which allows for 5% of any incoming class to be comprised of students who do not meet the initial admission criteria.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students who have common interests and take classes together.

How many students are accepted into the First-Year Diversity Scholars Program?

The First-Year Diversity Scholars Program accepts between 100 – 110 students each year.

Can two offices sponsor me?

No, two offices cannot sponsor you.

Can I participate in only part of the First-Year Diversity Scholars Program?

The First-Year Diversity Scholars Program requires students to commit to the whole year-long program. The program is designed to provide students with a supportive environment and a unique experience that will help you during your first and following years at the U. However, our center has many support programs and services. We would love to talk with you about how we can support you. Please fill out our request for information form and a member of our team will reach out to you and help create a support plan that will fit your needs.

What are the deadlines?

Priority will be given to students that apply by June 4, 2021. Applications received after June 4, will be considered based on program capacity.

How and when will I be notified?

You will be notified by a member of our team within two weeks of the submission of your application.

Does Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion still sponsor students?

The University of Utah sponsorship and appeal process has changed. Student who have been denied admissions to the University may still appeal the decision online at

How do I check on the status of my application or appeal?

Check the email you listed on the appeal daily. Check the spam and junk mail files as well. The Office of Admissions will often send out important emails regarding missing or incomplete files. Students can track the status of their applications and appeals online at the online tracking system or by calling the admission office directly at 801-581-7281.

What if I turned in the application by the deadline but did not get an answer by the notification date?

A couple of things may have happened. 1. A letter was sent but did not reach you because it was sent to an old address or wrong address. 2. Your application or appeal was incomplete and an email was sent to you. If you did not receive a letter or email by the notification date you will want to check your status online or call the Admissions office. Check your file status online at the online tracking system or by calling the admission office directly at 801-581-7281.

Student Resources

Program Contact

Tricia Sugiyama

Director, CESA
Union 235

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