Dear University of Utah Community,
We have been charting a new path forward – not only for the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion division, but for the entire University of Utah community. The contents of this strategic plan are among many firsts for the university. The goals and objectives outlined here highlight our overarching goal to help lead the university in equity-centered campus transformation.
This Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan reflects a commitment to what we will do to chart a more inclusive path forward at the University of Utah. The goals outlined here reflect concrete aspirations that will require organizational investment, coordination, and leadership to realize.
At the University of Utah, the Guiding Principles on Equity and Belonging highlight our path forward. These principles embody the daily practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through these principles, we challenge ourselves to lead structural change and build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
Within our division, we center our work on four strategic areas – belonging, climate, engagement, and health equity. These priority areas define all of our collective efforts to ensure we equip every member of our community with equity too across the entire University.
All of these efforts are rooted in courage. To lead with equity, requires courage. To be centered in our guiding principles requires courage. To do this work, as outlined by this strategic plan, requires courage. Thankfully, there is power and comfort in numbers. It is because of all of you that we all feel more emboldened and empowered to do this work. We can achieve each of these goals if we all do it together.
I am privileged to lead this work everyday, in partnership with you.
Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion