Our staff here in Equity and Diversity are constantly looking for ways to increase the diverse student population on campus and encourage more involvement. Below are just a few of the initiatives we’ve been working on. Please join us!

High School Conference

Our annual High School Conferences are great ways to come meet our staff and learn more about our programs.

Inter-Tribal Student Association High School Conference

November 2, 2017

Black Student Union High School Conference

November 16, 2017

We are so excited to host another annual High School Conference with this year’s theme being: “Do it for The Culture”, A Celebration of Black Excellence.

We have a lot of great things planned for this year’s conference. There will be plenty of opportunities to network, and learn what the University of Utah, as well as what being apart of Black Student Union has to offer in higher education. This conference will give students the confidence to not only start thinking about higher education, but careers, personal interest, and #Doitfortheculture as well.

This year we are asking that students dress up in business casual attire. Unfortunately, there will also be a limit of 200 students! Please make sure you register! We wouldn’t want you to miss out due to our limit. Students will be given a light breakfast and served lunch. Check-in and breakfast begins at 8:00am and the conference will begin at 9:00am.

Pacific Islander Student Association High School Conference

March 2018

Asian American Student Association High School Conference

March 2, 2018

​The Asian American High School Conference is an annual event dedicated to promoting post-secondary education and providing educational resources to high school students around the state of Utah. Held in early spring, the conference brings hundreds of students to the University of Utah for a day of cultural and educational workshops. Students go through multiple workshops that cover various topics, including majors, programs, scholarships, financial aid, leadership opportunities, cultural exploration, and Asian American identity. Students also have the opportunity to engage with community leaders and university advisors, administrators, professors, and students. This event provides students the chance to establish meaningful connections while learning about the importance of higher education and exploring self-identity and Asian cultures and issues.

This event is free for all students, and AASA will provide free breakfast and lunch for all participants. More information will be released as the event approaches.

This year’s theme is “RepresentASIAN”. Students will explore issues of Asian and Asian American representation in media and culture, recognize Asian American efforts and achievements for increased representation, and examine how we as students represent our Asian cultures and backgrounds. In recent years, representation in media has become an increasingly discussed topic. There have never been more roles for Asian Americans on television, but there is still a huge lack of Asian American representation. Asian Americans are not represented accurately, and stereotypes and stigmas negatively affect mental health and perpetuate the otherisation of Asian Americans. This conference aims to educate students and to increase awareness of the issues facing their own communities.

Students are required to wear semi-formal or cultural attire. Students must also bring a signed permission slip to conference. For questions or concerns, please contact aasa.uofu@gmail.com

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) High School Conference

March 22-23, 2018

Diversity Scholars

First Year Diversity Scholars is a First-Year Seminar that has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments and retention rates. The First Year Diversity Scholars Program supports students through a personalized campus orientation, regular interactions with faculty and staff of color, academic advising, multiple mentoring relationships, and off-campus community engagement opportunities. Most notably, the program is implemented as a cohort model that includes traditional admitted students, sponsored students, and scholarship students.

Annual Events

The Office for Equity and Diversity sponsors and help coordinate several large annual events on campus, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Women’s Week, U Remembers, Pride, and the Pow Wow.

MLK, Jr. Celebration

Women’s Week

LGBTQ+ Pride