EDI-in-Progress

Our University is a large place with many new programs and initiatives related to inclusion and diversity issues. Sometimes you may be the last to know about them and completely miss out. Well, our website is built to help alleviate that problem! We are your one-stop-shop on all things diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusivity — from existing resources to new happenings around campus. We will keep you plugged in so you will never have to miss out.

Check back regularly for updates!

Our Collaborators

American Indian Resource Center
Black Cultural Center
Black Faculty and Staff Association
Center for Ethnic Student Affairs
Dream Center
Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
LGBT Resource Center
Office for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (AVP-OHEDI)
Office of Engagement
Office of Undergraduate Studies
One U Thriving
School for Cultural and Social Transformation
School of Medicine
Somos Dreamers
Student Development & Inclusion

Your Voice Moves Us Forward

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

Undocumented Initiatives

We are committed to supporting undocumented students on campus.

All Initiatives

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sidewalk blocked by construction barrier that reads: sidwalk closed

Ongoing

Paths of Travel Data

University data on campus sidewalks to help convey accurate information about access and paths of travel on campus and identify needed improvements
laptop with multicolor screen glowing

In progress

Access Website

The Universal Design and Access committee in the process of creating an accessibility website for the campus.
white board with written text: hello, my pronouns are

In progress

Personal Pronouns on White Coats

Addition of personal pronouns to medical students white coats.
exterior of Gardner Commons Building with setting sun reflected in glass windows

In progress

Disability Studies Initiative

Disability Studies Initiative oversees the undergraduate Disability Studies minor, campus connections for those who study or teach disability, and organization of disability studies events.
student sitting on wheelchair on an accessible path on the west side of the Union building

Ongoing

Center for Disability & Access

The Center for Disability & Access is dedicated to students with disabilities by providing the opportunity for success and equal access at the University of Utah.
Dream Ambassadors standing in a group outside of the Annex Building

Ongoing

Dream Ambassadors

The Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to increase access to higher education for undocumented students and their families.
Emerging Scholars Leadership Program participants standing in a group by an indoor fountain

Ongoing

Emerging Student Leadership Program

ESLP has been providing an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students to explore and develop their identities as leaders.
young woman making Block U gesture with her hands

Ongoing

Famtorship for Social Justice

The Famtorship for Social Justice Program is designed to connect undergraduate students with like-minded people that will help them achieve their academic and career goals.
group of Second Year Experience participants holding a red and white Block U flag at Arches National Park

Ongoing

Second Year Experience

The Second Year Experience Program supports students by reflecting on their first-year experience and conducting a deeper self-exploration of their identity, values, and life goals.
the exterior of the Black Cultural Center, in the foreground is a banner that reads: University of Utah's Black Cultural Center

In progress

George Floyd Memorial Fund

The George Floyd Memorial Fund was established in response to a national call for action after the death of George Floyd.
hand holding cellphone that reads: PI Studies Initiative

In progress

Pacific Islands Studies Initiative

The initiative’s mission is to create a vital academic ecosystem, wherein Pacific Islander faculty, staff, students can thrive personally, professionally, and emotionally.
two young women sitting at table smiling

Ongoing

Utah Women in Higher Education Network

The U of U chapter of Utah Women in Higher Education Network's focus is on advancing women's careers, community, and leadership.
Edie Kochenour

Ongoing

Edie Kochenour Memorial Event

This annual networking event and presentation of interest to women commemorates the achievements of Edie Kochenour.
Linda K. Amos

Ongoing

Linda K. Amos Award

This award recognizes a female staff/faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the U.
Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education

Ongoing

Friday Forums

Friday Forums is a commitment to the state and region in elevating national conversations and showcasing models of disrupting complicit racism.
the exterior of the Park Building on the University of Utah campus with fall folliage

Concept

Truth & Racial Healing Transformation Center

Following guidance from AAC&U, the U is developing groundwork for this new campus center.
group of professionals sitting at a table with a projector screen behind them, one panelists is holding a microphone while the others look at her

Ongoing

Reframing the Conversation

Reframing the Conversation brings together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.
aerial shot of the University of Utah's presidents circle

Completed

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that this land is the original homelands of the Paiute, Ute, Goshute and Shoshone peoples.
three women wearing lab coats in a lab setting

Ongoing

SACNAS University of Utah Chapters

These chapters foster the success of minority and underrepresented students and post-docs pursuing advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Completed

Dream Program Coordinator

This position helps gather and share information on all resources for students who are DACA, undocumented, or coming from immigrant backgrounds.
We are #heretostay

Ongoing

Dream Center

The Dream Center at the University of Utah Office of Engagement works holistically with undocumented students and their families from college access to graduation.
letter by University of Utah leadership

Ongoing

Dreamer Support Fund

The Dreamer Support Fund is designed to support undocumented students (with and without DACA) at the University of Utah. Donations contribute to scholarships, emergency support, and expanding access to opportunities. This fund is managed by the Dream Center. We are proud supporters of undocumented students and through our established relationships,[...]
name label stickers with different pronoun options

Completed

Chosen Names and Personal Pronouns

All staff and faculty are asked to refer to students by their "preferred" name and personal pronouns.
exterior of the Redwood Health Center

Ongoing

Trans Health on Campus

Beginning August 2016, the University of Utah has transgender-inclusive health insurance for students, staff, and faculty.
University of Utah map showing bathroom locations

Completed

Campus Bathrooms

This inventory of campus restrooms is provided to ensure greater safety and privacy for transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people when using a public restroom.
U Card sitting on a table

Completed

Chosen Names on U Card

All students, staff, and faculty may have their chosen name on their U Card.
School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Ongoing

School for Cultural and Social Transformation

The School will make the intersection of race, gender, and social justice its focus — the first of its kind in the Intermountain West.
$1 Million for Native American Scholarships

In progress

$1 Million Endowment for American Indian Scholarship

With donor support, we have established new scholarship funding for Native American students.
Diversity Scholars into Honors College

In progress

Diversity Scholars into Honors College

CESA and Honors College are partnering to increase participation of underrepresented students in the Honors program.
Diversity Coalition Group

Ongoing

Diversity Coalition Group

The Diversity Coalition Group, which includes representatives from all major diversity groups on campus, is meeting on a regular basis.
Diversity-in-progress website

Completed

Diversity-in-Progress Website

This site will help maintain vigilance and accountability as our efforts continue in the months and years ahead.
Student Diversity Council

Ongoing

Student Diversity Council

The Student Diversity Council is comprised of representatives from each of our diverse student groups on campus.
Responding to Microaggressions

Ongoing

Responding to Microaggressions

We have increased staff resources in the Office for Inclusive Excellence.
Mentoring for Faculty and Staff

In progress

Mentoring for Faculty and Staff

We have fostered a new faculty mentoring project, currently underway in the College of Humanities as a pilot effort.
Diverse Staff Hiring

Ongoing

Diverse Staff Hiring

This has been in the talking phase since the summer of 2015. The head of HR is on board to help develop.
Faculty Hiring Initiative

In progress

Faculty Hiring Initiative

In the fall of 2016 we were joined by 19 new faculty members and post-doctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds.
$$$ for Diverse Student Groups

Ongoing

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 funding to enhance student development.
New Diverse Student Space

Completed

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.
Diversity Education for Faculty and Staff

In progress

Diversity Education for Faculty and Staff

A campus-wide committee is working to develop diversity education for faculty and staff.
group of students holding hands and doing a group activity

Ongoing

Student Leadership Award

This award is designed to provide a unique leadership stipend for student leaders who are involved in building community and cultivating leadership through high school outreach.
three students grouped together and smiling outside of the American Indian Resource Center

Ongoing

American Indian Scholarship Program

The American Indian Resource Center is proud to present its first American Indian, non-major specific scholarship at the U.
red fists raised in solidarity

Ongoing

The State of Utah Black Affairs Summit

The purpose of the Summit is to connect, enrich, and empower the Black population from across the state of the Utah.
group photo of mentors of the African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative

Ongoing

African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative

The Initiative provides a scholarly community and educational services for African American doctoral students at the U.
two students smiling

In progress

American Indian Educational Embassadors

These embassadors will be traveling to various schools to advocate and encourage high school completion and higher education.
two students smiling

Ongoing

LORDE Scholars Program

The Leaders of Resilience, Diversity, and Excellence (LORDE) Scholars program is a retention initiative that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds.
two students sitting at outdoor table smiling

Ongoing

Chicana/o Scholarship Fund

Committed to students who promote the cultural pride and tradition of the Chicanx/Latinx community, the Fund recognizes and assists students in their education endeavors.
four students standing in hallway and smiling

Ongoing

Diversity Scholars

First Year Diversity Scholars is a First-Year Seminar that has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments and retention rates.
three students grouped together and smiling outside of the American Indian Resource Center

Ongoing

Tuesday Night Soup and Tutoring

Students are provided soup and free tutoring in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.
students sitting in classroom setting, one student passes a sheet to a classmate behind her

Ongoing

LEAP Learning Communities

LEAP is a two-semester seminar that enables new students to transition more confidently to college and to play an active role in their own education.
two students smiling outside the American Indian Resource Center

Ongoing

Health EDI Funding Opportunities

The funding is available for those who want to promote health equity and inclusion and/or address health equity/health disparities.
student smiling and wearing red University of Utah polo

Ongoing

Community Read

Community Read is a monthly reading & journaling group focused on health equity and inclusion.
Native Voices, Native Peoples' concepts of health and illness

Completed

Native Voices

This lecture series explores Native Americans’ history of and relationships with health, well-being, and health care.
panel of presenters sitting at a table

Completed

Lessons Learned

A series of panels featuring scholars, practitioners, and clinicians who reflect on what they've gained from the conferences they have attended.
group of panelists sitting at front of classroom auditorium

Ongoing

Patient Voice Series

The monthly series showcases patient voices from various communities and their thoughts on how to improve health care quality.
collage of people holding undocumented ally signs

Completed

UndocuWeek

UndocuWeek focuses on highlighting stories and challenges of, providing spaces for, and celebrates the undocumented students at the U of U and surrounding community.
group of students standing for a photo outside

Ongoing

First-Gen Scholars

The Beacon Scholars program is designed to provide First Generation University of Utah students with a small community on campus.
group of students standing in front of the Block U installation on the University of Utah campus

Ongoing

The Utah College Advising Corps

UCAC is a university-based college access program founded on the idea that all high school students deserve equal opportunities to enter institutions of higher education.