Welcome to another fall semester! With the start of each academic year, comes another Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Welcome Back Bash — and you’re invited! In order to accommodate as many participants as possible, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) has moved its annual Welcome Back Bash to a virtual setting for 2020. Representatives from all EDI offices and centers will host virtual games, provide information on the support they offer, and lead opportunities to win prizes.
While we are all working through various degrees of challenges, changes, and triumphs that accompany the start of a semester — now more than ever — we hope you are able to connect with our centers to maintain a sense of community and formulate a support system as you take on the new academic year.
Here’s a handful of welcome back messages from some of the folx you’ll get to meet at the Bash:
“Halito! Welcome back to the University of Utah. The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) serves as a ‘home-away-from-home’ for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, and I hope you will be able to call the AIRC your home during your time at the U. While it’s unusual times, I want to invite you to join us at our virtual Welcome Back Bash for fall 2020! You’ll be able to meet us, talk to us, have breakout groups, play some fun games, win prizes, and get to know us. We would love to see you! We’re so excited to see everyone back!”Franci Taylor, director of the American Indian Resource Center
“On behalf of the Black Cultural Center at the University of Utah, I would like to welcome our new and past students back to U for the 2020-2021 school year. We are so excited to share new programming and events despite our current circumstances — starting with our Welcome Back Bash! We hope that you all have a fun and fulfilled time here at the University of Utah.”JaTara Smith, BCC program coordinator
“For new students, welcome to the university! I hope you enjoy your experience. For returning students, welcome back! We’re glad to have you! The beginning of the semester is truly an opportunity for you to plan for your future and get settled in. The Center for Ethnic Student Affairs is here to help you feel empowered, supported, and prepared in that venture. Our academic advisors are available for you to chat with at any time during the semester. I look forward to working with you, and I’ll see you on the virtual screen!”Shavauna Munster, Black Student Union advisor
“Hello, out there! I just want to say welcome back to all the new and returning students coming to the U this fall. We are so happy that you’re here. We want you to know that we are here to support you in whatever ways you need from us this fall. So, if that’s dealing with challenges, questions, trying to find community, reach out to us! Follow us on social media! Come to our events! Wherever you’re at, we want to make sure you’re getting what you need. Welcome back, everyone!”Clare Lemke, director of the LGBT Resource Center