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Reframing the Conversation

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strives to contribute to an ecosystem of learning by hosting large annual events aiming to educate all its participants on varying aspects of experience and identity. Reframing the Conversation brings together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.

While continuing to identify and remove barriers and bias incidents targeting our campus community, persistent strides towards an institution where every member is given the opportunity to be educated on equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts will remain at the forefront of our work.

Thank you to our committee members and sponsors!

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Student Affairs
  • KRCL
  • School for Cultural and Social Transformation
  • Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • Mary Ann Villarreal
  • José Rodríguez
  • Pamela Bishop
  • Eunice Contreras
  • Emily Pantoja
  • Clare Lemke
  • Shelby Hearn
  • Meligha Garfield
  • Scott McAward
  • Angela Smith
  • Molly Wheeler
  • Annie Fukushima

Past Events


Good Trouble & the Redline

The divisions of modern U.S. cities and de-facto segregation did not arise by accident. Real estate practices, federal loan programs, and even local ordinances combined help reinforce a process known as “redlining.” Redlining, as well as forced migration, and pervasive environmental racism have all contributed to divisions and current polices in our major cities that have left marginalized communities disenfranchised. Our panelists examined what enabled these policies to shape our communities and what can be done to combat their effects.


Black is Not a Monolith

Black is not a monolith! To consider those words is to consider the full breadth of the human experience; Black people don’t move as one, but rather move in all directions, towards and away from each other. Black Americans represent 13.4% of the population, and with more than 40 million people who identify as Black, this community represents a diverse array of backgrounds, expectations, political views, music, culinary taste, and perspectives.

Despite the vast array of cultural/ethnic backgrounds and lived experiences in the African diaspora, each Black person is united by how their brown skin is interpreted in America. And while they are often crammed into a box constructed by society, Black people are not a monolith, nor is the way they navigate or deal with whiteness.


Queering Utah Legacies

In celebration of LGBTQIA+ History Month, we took a look back at the queer legacy in Utah. Prominent University of Utah leaders and activists (past and present) discussed their journeys to make the U more inclusive and acknowledged where we are today and what remains to be done.

Watch a recording of the panel here or listen to a recording of this session on!


Expanding the Portrayal of Black Men

Coinciding with Black History Month, “Expanding the portrayal of Black men” explored how racism, othering, and safety surround those who identify as Black men — specifically the effects, trends, and future of Black representation in various outlets.

To listen to a recording of this session, visit


The Rise of Anti-Asian Hate

Centering on hate coinciding with the rise of COVID-19 and existing dynamics of othering affecting people of Asian descent in America, “The Rise of Anti-Asian Hate” shared experiences and observations of bias and ways to unify with like-minded movements to eliminate systemic inequities.

Watch a recording of the panel here or listen to a recording of this session by!


How is Disability Included in Diversity?

Across the globe, there has been increasing acknowledgment of injustices such as health inequities, racism, and the vital changes needed to address these disparities. One such group often left out of the equity, diversity, and inclusion focus is people with disabilities. In this panel discussion, panelists shared advice and insight into their intersectional identities and experiences to help us learn how to develop a culture in which individuals are empowered to speak out and ultimately add to efforts that move our campus forward towards greater accessibility for all.

Watch a recording of the panel here!

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