Initiatives

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In Fall 2015, the University of Utah held an open forum to address relations with our students from underrepresented communities on campus. The result of that forum was the following 13 initiatives.

Undocumented Initiatives

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Latest Initiatives

SACNAS University of Utah Chapters
The Society of Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) University of Utah Chapters are dedicated to fostering
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Dream Program Coordinator
Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola is the new Dream Program Coordinator in the Office of Engagement. This position helps gather and
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Dream Center
The Dream Center at the University of Utah Office of Engagement works holistically with undocumented students and their families from
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DREAMers Scholarship Fund
As was laid out in President Pershing’s letter from November 17, 2016, a DREAMers Scholarship Fund will be established.
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Chosen Names and Personal Pronouns
Dr. Vivian S. Lee and Dr. Ruth V. Watkins released a memo on August 21, 2015, asking all staff and
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Transgender-Inclusive Health Insurance
Beginning August 2016, the University of Utah has transgender-inclusive health insurance for students, staff, and faculty.
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Campus Bathrooms
Over the past several years, the LGBT Resource Center has maintained on its webpage a text list of gender free
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Chosen Names on U Card
All students, staff, and faculty may have their chosen name on their U Card. Students need only update the “Preferred
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School for Cultural and Social Transformation
In the fall of 2016 we launched the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, which includes 
the divisions of Ethnic
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$1 Million Endowment for American Indian Scholarship
With donor support, we have established new scholarship funding for Native American 
students.
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Diversity Scholars into Honors College
Diversity Scholars and the Honors College are partnering to increase participation of 
underrepresented students in the Honors program
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Diversity Coalition Group
The Diversity Coalition Group, which includes representatives from all major diversity groups on 
campus, is meeting on a regular basis.
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Diversity-in-Progress Website
We are planning to launch Diversity in Progress, a website that tracks university diversity initiatives in service of open communication
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Student Diversity Council
The Student Diversity Council is comprised of representatives from each of our diverse student groups on campus. Campus leadership is
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Responding to Microaggressions
We have increased staff resources in the Office for Inclusive Excellence.
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Mentoring for Faculty and Staff
We have fostered a new faculty mentoring project, currently underway in the College of Humanities as a pilot effort.
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Diverse Staff Hiring
This has been in the talking phase since the summer of 2015. The head of HR is on board to
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Faculty Hiring Initiative
In the fall of 2016 we were joined by 19 new faculty members and post-doctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds.
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Money for Diverse Student Groups
We have identified additional financial support for Student Equity and Diversity groups in support of high school conferences and travel
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New Diverse Student Space in the Union
The Center for Ethnic Student Affairs has been given expanded space for students to gather and study in the Union.
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Diversity Education for Faculty and Staff
A campus-wide committee is working to develop diversity education for faculty and staff. 

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Student Leadership Award
This award is designed to provide a unique leadership stipend for student leaders who are actively involved in building community
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American Indian Scholarship Program
The time is NOW to support American Indian and Alaska Native Students. One of the most common misconceptions concerning American
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Black Faculty and Staff Association Summit
The University of Utah’s Black Faculty and Staff Association invites you to the inaugural State of Utah Black Affairs Summit
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African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative
Many African American doctoral students upon graduating are only prepared to conduct research. Many institutions do not require that students
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American Indian Educational Embassadors
In partnership with the Salt Lake City Title VI Director students from the AIRC will be traveling to various schools
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Leaders of Resilience, Diversity, and Excellence (LORDE) Scholars Program
The LORDE Scholars program is a retention initiative that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds (sophomore year and above) with structured
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Chican@ Scholarship Fund
In 1973, in honor of the ideals and principles of equal opportunity and social justice in education, a group of
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Diversity Scholars
First Year Diversity Scholars is a First-Year Seminar that has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments and retention rates. The First Year
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Tuesday Night Soup and Tutoring
In partnership with University of Utah Health Sciences students are provided soup and free tutoring in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.
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LEAP Learning Communities
LEAP is a two semester seminar that enables new students to transition more confidently to college and to play an
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Funding: Grants and Scholarships from the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion offers a variety of scholarships for students, faculty, and staff, as well as
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Community Read
The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library invite you to the second
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Native Voices
This lecture series explores Native Americans’ history of and relationships with health, well-being, and health care. Native American practitioners and
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Lessons Learned
We are members of a learning institution who actively seek out professional development opportunities. Part of our learning process is
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Charles James Nabors, PhD Conference/Patient Voice Series
The Charles James Nabors, Ph.D. Conference Series, previously called the Patient Voice series, recognizes and honors Dr. Charles James Nabors,
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UndocuWeek
UndocuWeek is a program by Somos Dreamers which focuses on highlighting stories and challenges of, providing spaces for, and celebrates
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Beacon Scholars
The Office of Engagement’s Beacon Scholars program is designed to provide First Generation University of Utah students with a small
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Inclusion & Engagement Hiring Toolkit
The Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Equity & Inclusion recognizes the great need for diverse and inclusive
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The Utah College Advising Corps
The Utah College Advising Corps (UCAC) is a university-based college access program founded on the idea that all high school
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