We have to build a collective vision around the experiences of all and ensure that when we say "you belong here," it is because we have made space for who you are at the University of Utah.
One U Thriving themes will provide an overarching narrative around the internal shifts the university is making under Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The messages will also give voice to the overall approach to live out the EDI-in-progress efforts.
The Power of Naming
To change institutions, we must not be afraid to call out the disparities that are present so we can identify and change them. If we have it out in the open for all to see, then we can have conversations that answer the questions “how does it operate?” or “how have I participated in it?” or “how does it affect all of us?” and, most importantly, “how do we change it?”
Leading from a Place of Discomfort
We recognize that conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion can be uncomfortable for some. It takes significant courage to be willing to face these tense moments, listen to the people around them, and embrace their uneasiness. This is how we start to create a culture of resiliency and inclusion. We have to be honest about our capacity for change, and then look towards the future to develop the strategies that will take us to where we want to be.
Unearthing, Replanting, and Nurturing New Roots
We are aiming to create a new system that fully embraces the practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion by purposefully replacing those that have been exclusive. Our role is to find those spaces, interrogate them, and disrupt them so that we nurture new roots within the campus structure.