Community Engagement

Building a sense of belonging in Utah schools

Three members of the U’s University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) team recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they presented their work for the Flamboyan Foundation’s National Family Engagement Fellowship. Jennifer Mayer-Glenn, director of UNP and special assistant to the president for campus-community partnerships, and Paul Kuttner, associate director of UNP, have been members of the four-person […]


New ‘For Utah Scholarship’ at the University of Utah creates a program to cover full tuition and fee costs over four years for qualified first-year freshmen

The University of Utah announced today the For Utah Scholarship, which will provide a fully funded path to a degree at the state’s flagship research university for eligible Utah students. The For Utah Scholarship will combine federal, state and university funds to cover tuition and fees for academically qualified, Pell Grant-eligible first-time freshmen who are […]


$150 million commitment from Huntsman family will establish mental health institute at the University of Utah

Historic gift will establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute with an initial focus on advancing knowledge and relieving suffering through research-informed treatment of mental illness with a strong focus on improving mental health services for college-age adults, increasing access to mental health services in rural communities across Utah and identifying the genetic underpinnings of mental […]


MUSE to host Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi, the Academy Award-winning directors of ‘Free Solo,’ to keynote its theme year on ‘Vision’

The University of Utah MUSE Project is pleased to welcome Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi to campus early next year. Vasarhelyi and Chin, the Academy Award-winning directors of “Free Solo,” will keynote the MUSE theme year on “Vision” at Kingsbury Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. For the fourth consecutive year, MUSE […]


University of Utah to host 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today that the University of Utah has been selected to host the vice presidential debate, at Kingsbury Hall in the Nancy Peery Marriott Auditorium. This is the first time a national debate will be hosted in Utah. The Commission on Presidential Debates in a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and has […]


Tanner Humanities Center hosts conference with Mormons Building Bridges

In partnership with Mormons Building Bridges, the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will host “A Spiritual Home: Building Bridges for Sexual and Gender Minorities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Sept. 27-28 at the Salt Lake City Main Library. “In the established tradition of the Tanner Humanities Center and […]


LED bulb exchange program brings sustainability to west side communities

For low-income families, paying the energy bill every month can be challenging, as energy bills can account for up to twice the percentage of income as for families with median income. Further, converting to an energy-efficient lifestyle can come with a steep up-front cost, adding another financial barrier to saving energy. But a recent pilot […]


Utah Coal Country Strike Team awards $50,000 to Carbon and Emery county school districts

The Utah Coal Country Strike Team today awarded two $25,000 grants to Carbon and Emery school districts to help fund high-quality computer and information technology courses at the high school level. These initial funds, which are tailored to align with the IT Pathways program established by the Utah Legislature, will target teacher training so graduating […]


Power to the parents

A new policy memo released this week involving University of Utah and other researchers contends that educational systems need new strategies to meaningfully engage families and communities. In the memo, “Recasting Families and Communities as Co-Designers of Education in Tumultuous Times,” the authors describe how justice-based approaches to family engagement enable parents and families, particularly […]


Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s initiative to help hard-hit rural counties moves ahead in national American Dream competition

The Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s multi-pronged proposal to boost financial prosperity in Carbon and Emery counties resonated with the Alliance for the American Dream on Tuesday, earning it one of five spots in the final pitch competition this summer. The economic vitality that has brought Utah national recognition has bypassed the two counties, where […]